People don’t naturally latch on to new things, says Midori Connolly. So if you’re asking them to get a little uncomfortable, make it a fun experience.
When you handle the day’s biggest challenge as early as you can, the long-term odds of success are in your favor.
No-cell zones can be a hard sell, says well-connected planner (and reformed Blankie lover).
Let’s get some traction and let the world know we’ve got a domain of our own.
The International Special Events Society (ISES) has announced its 2013-14 Spirit of Excellence award winners, honoring both chapters and individuals. Chapters are recognized for excellence in communications, programming and education, membership retention and growth programs, and international engagement. Individual awards go to ISES volunteers for their service. Chapter awards Chapter of the year: Austin, Texas. (Honorable mention, […]
The General Services Administration has adjusted its per-diem rates for fiscal year 2015, keeping the standard continental U.S. rate at $83. Some non-standard rates went up, others down, depending on the city and time of year. Non-standard areas are those regions to which federal employees frequently travel. Added to the list for 2015: Kayenta, Ariz. […]
The International Special Events Society (ISES) has named its International Board of Governors for fiscal 2014-15. Members come from eight U.S. states, Canada and Australia. Officers President: Kevin White, CSEP, founder/chief strategist, XPL, Brooklyn, N.Y. President-elect: Jodi Collen, CSEP, events & conferences director, Augsburg College, Minneapolis. Treasurer: Judy Brillhart, CSEP, catering director, Sheraton Commander Hotel, […]
Did you know that Plan Your Meetings has a national network of passionate meeting planners who help us define and design everything we do?
See if this acronym helps you understand what goes into your particular brand of work-life balance.
Traveling for work can get lonely, right? A few new digital services can help hook you up with a colleague or cultural experience.
Even if you weren’t born a social (media) butterfly, it’s never too late to learn. PYM LIVE Events are the perfect opportunity to get started. Here’s a step-by-step guide how. #yaypym!
When GMIC’s 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference convenes in San Francisco in April, it will put words into action and lead by example. The goal of the April 15-17 event: Use sustainable strategies to limit the amount of waste generated, Green House gases emitted and water consumed and, in short, leave San Francisco a bit more eco-friendly than it […]
Let’s face it, office holiday parties tend to be lame. But companies haven’t given up on them. These ideas might help you tip yours into fun mode.
How do you get people to download your conference app before they get on-site? You can up your adds by following three simple guidelines.
The ASAE Foundation wants your ideas on how to promote the profession and skills of meeting planners. To encourage you, the foundation is accepting applications for its second annual Innovation Grants Program. The process is also open to travel agents. Four grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded in three categories: travel, exploration […]
Amber Marie Beard became vice president of sustainability for Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas worldwide. Pierre Boisselier was named director of treasury, financing and credit management for Accor, which owns 3,500 hotels in 92 countries. The Belgium-based International Association of Convention Centres named AEG Odgen executive Geoff Donaghy its president at an annual meeting […]
The Green Meeting Industry Council is launching a Certificate in Sustainable Event Planning program designed to create a new class of sustainable-event practitioners. The students will be charged with creating, guiding and implementing the sustainability goals and performance outcomes for the 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference in San Francisco in April next year. Adult learners who […]
Imagine flipping through a magazine, seeing an ad for a hotel and being able to download meeting room schematics, tour the facility and book rooms without having to visit a website or turn the page. Plan Your Meetings, a meetings media company, has made that and more possible with the industry’s first-ever augmented reality publication: […]
With the third IMEX America only three months away, organizers are spilling more and more details about the trade show’s specifics. One of these is “Association Focus,” a pre-show conference-within-a-conference dedicated to professional development and “hot-topic” education for association meeting planners and executives. The free educational event is being organized in partnership with ASAE, PCMA […]
Mill Town Music Hall & Events Center in Bremen, Ga., wants you. The landmark facility is inviting convention and meeting planners to drop in and take a tour on Aug. 16 and stay for an Oak Ridge Boys concert on Aug. 17. Mill Town, the largest venue of its kind in West Georgia, seats more […]
The main question: Do you want them to watch and walk away, or participate and stay?
Plan Your Meetings’ 2012 Annual Guide has been nominated for three Azbee Awards of Excellence — two national editorial awards and one regional design award. The Azbees, presented by the American Society of Business Publishers and Editors (ASBPE), are among the most competitive contests for business-to-business, trade, association and professional publications. Plan Your Meetings, a […]
This year’s Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC) in Atlanta took a new approach: a new time of year, a new venue and the theme “Re:Imagine” as a catalyst for fresh ideas and technologies. Organizers of GaMPI’s annual three-day event hosted nearly 400 meeting and event professionals in April, including educators and facilitators new to GaMPI, including […]
In today’s interactive world, virtual audience members want to do much more than watch what is happening, they want to be part of it.
Resist the temptation to try to collect as much information as possible. Just gather the information most relevant to your event.
The U.S. Bowling Congress, South Point Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Events, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced Tuesday a 12-year deal for annual bowling events through the year 2023.
Former first lady Laura Bush will be the keynote speaker at the GBTA Convention 2013 in August in San Diego. She will speak during the General Session luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 6, the third day of the four-day convention. The Global Business Travel Association Convention, with nearly 7,000 attendees, is one of the largest annual […]
If you’re at a loss on how to title something or change descriptions on social media, Tweet Your Biz Title Generator is a nifty tool. Just pop in your subject, and it will give you a bunch of options. Just make sure it’s relevant to your article before you use it (it throws in random […]
Personal passion for sustainability is key to changing how people think about it and whether they act on it, says Brian Hunt, an account executive for Maritz Travel. Hunt will share stories and best practices for igniting change on Wednesday at the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) 2013 Sustainable Meetings Conference in Chicago. The four-day […]
Speakers bureaus have been an effective way of identifying and retaining the right speakers for meetings since the time of Mark Twain. Yet some meeting planners aren’t sure how these bureaus work and have not tapped into the power of using them to find the right person for their engagement. Doing so, can save a ton […]
Remember this: The amount of time people spend in one room listening to content doesn’t translate to how much they learn. And this: If you partner with the right team, mountains can be moved and venues transformed into wonderful opportunities.
The Global Business Travel Association, or GBTA, which considers itself the voice of the global business travel industry, has formed a Russia chapter. This means the association is now active in all BRIC regions for the first time. BRIC is an acronym that refers to Brazil, Russia, India and China, which are considered to be […]
As the March 19 PYM LIVE Dallas/Irving unfolded, attendees and exhibitors experienced a lot of new things: the LEED-certified (and unconventional) Irving Convention Center, augmented reality, networking-focused conference apps, virtual panels and digital daydreaming. But the focus was — and will continue to be — on taking these new technologies and integrating them in face-to-face events […]
Innovation doesn’t die once you turn 40. We’ve all read stories about people under the age of 40 who have done great things. That’s awesome, and we should applaud them. But it overlooks the people who have context, background and knowledge of the industry and are still breaking new ground. Who are the meeting professionals […]
For 2013, we’re trying many new things. Among them are hybrid educational panels and a conference app that puts the emphasis on networking. One of the coolest things about Topi is the public chat room conversation we can embed like a YouTube video on our site. Here’s what people were saying during the event. Did […]
The Orange County Convention Center will host 11,000 meeting planners during four events between now and 2016, Visit Florida officials say. They are: The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association 2012 annual meeting The 2012 International Association of Exhibitions & Events Expo The Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders 2013 annual meeting The 2014 and 2016 […]
It’s almost High Noon in Grapevine, Texas. The Cotton Belt Hotel Clock Tower, 127 feet in the air, is about to strike. But wait! What’s that? It’s Nat Barrett, a young cowboy with robbery on his mind. And Willy Majors, who has long lived outside the law, looking to make one last heist when the […]
Plan Your Meetings (PYM) planners consistently say that they know the city or region they will be planning in, and their first step is gathering information for potential locations online. When PYM planners are researching destinations and venues at PlanYourMeetings.com, are you the first thing they learn about? Make a splash when planners are in buying mode. Your full-screen message […]
Meeting planners considering an event, incentive program or convention outside the United States might be interested in a new guide from Associated Destinations Worldwide (ADW).
Maritz Travel and Experient are poised to become the dynamic duo of the meetings and events world. Earlier this month, the St. Louis-based Maritz acquired Ohio-based Experient. Together they can likely serve nearly every kind of meeting, meeting planner or element of the meeting design and execution universe. Combined, the companies booked 11,500 meetings in […]
Some of the best ideas come to us when we’re doing mundane tasks. If inspiration strikes you in the shower, consider getting an Aqua Notes waterproof notepad ($7, myaquanotes.com). For note-jotting on the go, consider a waterproof notebook from Thinkgeek.com ($14.99).
What you wear says more about you than almost anything else.
International Chile Renaissance Hotels will open its first property in Santiago in 2013. It will have 181 rooms, an executive floor, a large ballroom and three other meeting spaces. England Corinthia Hotel London added seven two-story penthouses to its 294 rooms (including 43 suites). It also has six private executive-level meeting rooms. France The 123-room […]
PYM LIVE Dallas 2012 was special for a number of reasons. Jeff Hurt of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting led a fascinating session about how meeting planners can become more innovative. Zentila’s Jamie Murdock shared why hotels sometimes bump your business or won’t budge on your requested concessions. The discussion that followed really helped planners figure out […]
Meeting, convention and event planning is one of the best jobs of 2012 and should see significant growth over the next decade, according to U.S. News and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each year, U.S. News compiles a list of the best careers based on the Labor Department’s employment projections. The bureau projects meeting, convention […]
If you were watching HBO in the 1980s, you might remember comedian Rich Hall’s “sniglets.” These were words that should have been in the dictionary but weren’t. It occurred to us that there are lots of terms and phrases used by meeting planners that aren’t well known outside the industry, like “toilet-bowl foot massage” and […]
There are lots of things you can do to shock your attendees out of their stupor.
Gaps still exist between a woman’s experience, achievement and knowledge and the level of respect, trust and opportunity she feels she receives in business, according to a survey released by the IMEX Group, the essential worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel. The survey showed that these gaps vary across cultures around the globe, and […]
One of the most important parts of a conference or event is a place dedicated to the art of networking. Social spaces are quickly becoming the go-to place or “hub” at a conference or event. It’s where you meet peers, collaborate and network. Gone are the days of finding a coffee shop or bar to […]
International England The 225-room DoubleTree by Hilton London-Victoria, formerly the Hesperia London Victoria, becomes the 16th Hilton property in the United Kingdom. Its eight meeting rooms can accommodate 10 to 160 people. Mexico The Hampton Inn by Hilton Ciudad del Carmen has opened in the state of Campeche with 120 rooms and a 1,596 square […]
Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention in Boston this summer. The event is July 22-25 at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. The GBTA Convention, with nearly than 6,000 attendees, is one of the largest annual gatherings of business travel and meetings managers, meeting […]
What makes a meeting great? What is the elusive quality, the special magic, that gives your attendees the feeling that something extraordinary is going on? I believe the answer to that lies in committing to the fifth and final principle of meeting design – unity. In visual design, unity is defined as “the underlying principle […]
Not every event promotion needs to cost a lot or take a lot of effort. In fact, there are a handful of very effective marketing tools that every event planner and stakeholder has access to that can get overlooked amid other activities. Planners who use some or all of these swear by them, finding that they can raise non-mandatory […]
Traveling from conference to conference, you need more than just stamina. You need to stay connected, keep your electronics juiced up and have a dongle for every occasion. No idea what a dongle is or what you should keep in your emergency AV kit? In this brief video, chief AV girl Midori Connolly shares the items […]
Travelers probably won’t get a kick out of a ruling this week from the Transportation Security Administration. The TSA has abandoned efforts to find technology that would let travelers pass through airport security without shucking their shoes. Apparently no reliable method exists to irradiate shoes still on people’s feet. A report from Nextgov.com, citing industry […]
The Super Bowl may be just one exciting Sunday for football fans. For meeting planners, however, it signals an extended triple-option offer at Grand Resorts of Florida, with properties in Tampa, Orlando and Palm Coast. Here’s the deal: Through March 15, planners arranging events for groups of at least 10 can hunker down at Innisbrook […]
International Canada The 171-room Courtyard by Marriott and the 157-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, will open in early this month. China Park Hyatt opened its first hotel in the nation, in the eastern coastal city of Ningbo. It has 236 rooms, including 10 free-standing villas, and more than 14,000 square feet […]
If you like changing shoes 3-4 times a day, flushing your tired feet in the toilet and carrying a 3-ring binder, have we got a profession for you! You won’t get rich or famous, but you’ll have the time of your life being a meeting and event planner. After all, it’s a glamorous profession. … […]
Plan Your Meetings is seeking hospitality and meeting industry professionals who are eager to educate and facilitate conversations with our audience of corporate meeting planners at 2012 PYM LIVE Events in Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Denver, San Antonio, Orlando, Tampa and one other city to be determined by our audience. PYM’s editorial and […]
More than 100 people joined us in Atlanta to hear @JoanEisenstodt talk about the importance of play and planning uncommon events. An additional 100 or so people joined us virtually to attend her session via Telenect. It was a thought-provoking day — and not just because of Joan’s speech. The way she integrated the virtual […]
We had a blast in Houston yesterday with Cindy Lo of @RedVelvetEvents and our hosts at the InterContinental Houston at the Galleria (@ICHouston). Couldn’t join us there? Here’s a summary of the educational session “Next Stop: Innovation” as well as some pictures from the event. View “2011 PYM LIVE Houston” on Storify
@Checklistqueen Erica Prewett provided the education at the 2011 PYM LIVE Charlotte, N.C., event last week. Here’s a recap of the event and the “Next Stop: Innovation” educational session.
Free Wi-Fi was one of the perks hosted buyers enjoyed at the 2011 IMEX Frankfurt conference, but 72 percent of them used an iPhone to access it, 23 percent used an iPad, and only nine percent used a BlackBerry. That’s a dramatic shift from last year’s smartphone use, when BlackBerry held the edge (47 percent […]
In case you couldn’t be with us at our 2011 PYM LIVE Orlando event June 1, we collected the social media buzz on the event and published a little recap story using the free tool Storify. Check it out:
The Dallas Arboretum is a stunning meeting facility. On May 12, we had an interesting conversation about meeting innovations here with @Jeff Hurt. Take a look at the venue: And here’s our story, archived from the social media conversation, courtesy of Storify: [View the story “PYM LIVE Dallas 2011” on Storify]
We had a blast at the 2011 PYM LIVE Austin. The planners in attendance had great ideas and a lot of questions, which made for an interesting discussion. But perhaps my favorite thing about the Austin event was an e-mail we received from two of the planners in attendance the very next day. It seems […]