Four steps to organizing exquisite executive retreats

Planning high-level executive meetings can be some of the most challenging and stressful events you are asked to produce. While board meetings or executive retreats aren’t necessarily the largest or most complex meetings, they are loaded with opportunities and challenges you have to anticipate and accommodate. Follow these guidelines to ensure a successful event for [...] More

Best practices for organizing customer/employee appreciation events

You’re sitting at your desk, decompressing from the last event and your boss walks in with your next assignment: an appreciation event for customers and/or employees. Sound exciting or scary? Maybe a little of both, but let’s get you to a place of comfort, excitement and success! Appreciation events cater to the attendee. This event will be used to [...] More

How to fight those sky-high Internet costs

My biggest challenge as a high-tech association planner was providing Internet access to my attendees at a reasonable cost to the association. We were known for always having a great network and free access. It set us apart from our competition. Our attendees were heavy Internet users that expected to have free access in the [...] More

Four reasons why meeting planning is like playing rugby, Part I

About 10 years ago, I helped found a women’s rugby football club in New York City. For those first few years, as we struggled to build a strong team, we often felt like the Bad News Bears. Now, the Village Lions RFC Women’s Side features players who represent the United States in international play and [...] More

Outsourcing your meetings, in full or part: a primer

Before starting my business as an independent meeting planner, I was the director of meetings for a large Texas state association. At the time, it never would have occurred to me to hire a third party planner because I had a staff, and we were able to handle all the demands of our meetings. Since [...] More

Want to control corporate meeting spend? Start with the small ones.

In recent years, corporations have increased scrutiny of the way money is spent on large meetings. But according to a Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) Management Institute Survey, it’s small meeting management that could provide the biggest cost savings. Nearly two-thirds of all meetings host 25 or fewer people, the survey indicates, and the collective spend associated [...] More

The 2011 PYM Annual digital guide is here!

Bringing you “Motivation for Innovation,” the 2011 PYM Annual is designed to help you navigate new technologies, find solutions for current challenges and, hopefully, inspire you to create something big, bright, beautiful and business-friendly at your next meeting or event. But, like everything we do here at Plan Your Meetings, this was a group effort. [...] More

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