The #MeToo movement began in the U.S. but the fallout is global. It is time for our industry to review current policies, practices and procedures to ensure that best practices are identified and followed.
Here, we explore five tips for speaking confidently and persuasively with undecided stakeholders to help you realize your vision.
Establishing your core values sets the expectation for your tribe. Your values hold no value until they become more than words. It’s up to you, as a leader, to make that happen for everyone—employees, regular customers and even yourself.
Third-party procurement models have been popular in Europe for some time and are now appearing increasingly in North America. Here are some tips to avoid the associated pitfalls.
There’s a good reason why conflict and collaboration go hand in hand. Always agreeing might be your default when you lack confidence in your idea and want to save face, however, it functions more as a one-way street to boring town. Positive conflict can be a productive way to prod your team to discover innovative […]
With IMEX America coming up (Oct. 18-20), meeting planners that have participated in the event’s hosted buyer programs share best practices and other essential advice so you can make the most of your time there.
If you want to get meeting planners and other event industry professionals worked up about a topic, bring up Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Controversy can arise whether one is using a highly structured, formal process or sending out a simple email request.
To keep the RFP process ethical and hassle free, here are some land mines to avoid.
Hosting or attending a business dinner may be fairly simple in your own county, but one overseas could be a different story. Unfamiliar surroundings mixed with cultural differences can lead to simple misunderstandings that can easily offend or upset, and ultimately diminish business relationships. But with a bit of homework avoiding offending your dinner guests when traveling on business needn’t be difficult.
It is no secret that while the meeting and event industry is a female-dominated profession, senior positions still tend to go to males. Keynote speakers, judges and panelists also tend to be male…white male. Where are the minorities of the meeting and event industry? While the issue of male/female diversity has been explored from time […]
Event planners are industry leaders and should present themselves as such. They should convey warmth and competence. We want our clients to trust us and our suppliers to respect us. And we have to do it in a blink of an eye.
I can say with confidence that I’m an effective leader. How do I know? I do the opposite of what my bosses did to made me miserable.
We can do a better job if we “clear the mechanism.” We should resolve small issues that might otherwise, even in the most miniscule way, impair our performance.
There are many reasons people need office space at home these days. In every case that means being professional and serious about your surroundings.
It’s official. You’ve just landed a great gig as a meeting planner. Your first. Congratulations. You’re going to learn a lot …
Our experts identify the most common sources of stress and provide solid advice for managing it. Honest.
Many people use the summer to polish their resumes and set their sights on new career opportunities, so here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
The encouraging word you have for your co-workers might yield extraordinary results. I can prove it.
Never pretend a connection exists. Rely on your network to provide solid introductions and authentic referrals, and then always pay the kindness forward.
Email communications are ripe for misunderstandings. These tips should help you get the most out of your e-correspondence.
The mentor/mentee system is invaluable and worth preserving. Here are a few thoughts.
This list is meaningful and could have a big impact on business if a few of these wishes could be fulfilled.
Inherently, planners are leaders. That makes us wonderful assets to clients. The challenge is when you put us in a room together.
Decide in advance what your goals are in attending an event, and how you can best achieve them.
It’s a paradox. The more admirably you perform and the more others comes to rely on you, the more they expect.
Whether you welcome or abhor the holiday season, there’s some end-of-year protocol that needs your attention.
Make the tool work for you and not vice versa. You’ll get more work done and feel better about all of it.
Attendees look to us for everything. It doesn’t matter that we don’t live in that city. We must know the area as if we do.
Feel like you’re surrounded by bullies? Here’s how to keep your cool and get what you need.
With societal shifts, and the impact of new technology, the meetings industry is a whole new world. Our tips.
Being a boss and being a leader are two entirely different things …
Anywhere from 20 million to 44 million of us work from home at least one day a week. But doing so isn’t right for everyone.
In part one of this article, I discussed how all kinds of organizations do all kinds of executive assessments and publish all kinds of fascinating reports on each individual’s core competencies, examining why and how he/she will undoubtedly succeed at their next job. Yet, isn’t interesting that the average tenure for most executives is often […]
Do you find yourself eagerly going to trade shows, grabbing the sponsor’s free bag and filling it up with as many goodies as you can, like a kid at Halloween? Do you automatically expect certain “perks” from businesses you negotiate with to service your meetings? If you do, you’re no different from most of your fellow meeting planners or, in fact, most people doing business today. But Dr. Bruce Weinstein, “The Ethics Guy,” says its time to say no to freebies and the marketing come-ons that, he contends, hurt businesses in the long run.