Update from Gabe Garza, president of the MPI Houston Area Chapter, in the midst of Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flood.
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Exploring the challenges planners face when seeking to include live music in an event’s schedule and the state of the festival scene in the U.S.
Get outdoors for easy and fun ways to engage your group and create a setting that builds lasting connections.
Google Event Search and how you can harness its power for event marketing
These five tips will put you on the path to delivering a rock solid, controlled and insightful financial presentation to execs.
Follow this framework and you’ll be on the path to hosting a successful event.
10 tips to help you be mindful of duty of care related to alcohol consumption and the consequences when running corporate events.
Want to bring in the cash, attract clients with ease and network like a ninja? Here are seven essential event planning tips to consider when organizing small business events.
The top six platform-agnostic apps for meeting and event professionals.
Let’s take some time to dig into the latest and greatest when it comes to getting our audiences engaged in the conversation.
Within these cost-saving tips, you’ll find some ideas that can act like a sun-filled glass of Florida orange juice—bright, eye opening and refreshing.
Under the guise of International Sushi Day, take a moment to luxuriate in the delicacy and pick up some sushi knowledge nuggets.
With soft targets becoming increasingly vulnerable to attacks it is extremely important for event planners to heighten their vigilance.
There remains a litany of opportunities for meeting and event professionals to receive education and valuable networking throughout the duration of this year.
When planning and executing an event, it is important to be efficient and keep things running as smoothly as possible. The following 10 tips will save you from many headaches.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been around for a lot longer than most people realize. The first drones were used by the Austrian military in their attack on Venice in 1849. Quadcopters have been around since 1920. Mini-drones and quadcopters have been used for photography for almost a decade. As drones have come down in […]
It’s easy to get entangled with the logistics of the daily grind and the meeting industry can be a fickle mistress when it comes to career moves. There aren’t a lot of such options, but the good news is that there are more than you think.
Plan Your Meetings is pleased to offer a free, interactive U.S. map showing state-by-state gun laws as they relate to meeting and event venues.
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.
Meeting professionals should recognize that guns at meetings are not a problem for everyone.
It is not that difficult to be inclusive of vegans at your event. Follow these simple tips and guidelines to ease the process.
There are certainly occasions when armed event security is necessary—and when such security is a hindrance.
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 […]
As meeting planners or suppliers, some of you probably have a home office like I do. The IRS now offers a simplified method to give you a tax deduction for it. You might have heard something about the home office deduction in the past. And you may think this might lead to increasing your chances […]
Event professionals who are active on social media have made great connections and engaged in some interesting peer-to-peer interactions over the years. Meanwhile, beBee seems to be a well-kept secret among eventprofs, and is picking up steam in other industries.
The meeting industry is one of the most metric-driven sectors ever–and that can have powerful implications for your career.
A look at real-world examples of how virtual reality is currently being used in the meeting and event industry.
Legally, the question of a planner’s liability really comes down to identifying the organizer’s “duty of care” regarding firearms at the event.
Recognizing your team’s efforts is one of the best ways to keep them motivated, as they chase those business wins both big and small!
You’re responsible for the safety of meeting and event attendees. So what are you doing about guns on site?
Here are six common event planning mistakes that can negatively impact your budgets…and tips on how to avoid them.
Essential firearms terminology for planners
Now’s your chance to get involved with the co-creation of this year’s fun, advocacy-backed GMID anthem!
Can the results that have been generated through business-to-consumer marketing (B2C) be replicated when marketing to businesses? The answer to this question is far more complex than anticipated: It depends.
In November, the Corinthia Hotel London welcomed Dr. Tara Swart for a world-first, yearlong term as neuroscientist in residence.
Second-tier cities may be smaller in size, but are larger in charm and attentiveness.
Tips for providing on site staff/volunteer orientation
Pay it forward for the best holiday gift ever. Regardless of your tenure or title you’ve already invested a great deal of time and energy into becoming an industry professional—and now is the time to give back.
In order to get the 5 P’s right, there is one foundational strategic action that must be taken. It is to question your assumptions.
Periods of uncertainty also create anxiety for employees. In the corporate world, town halls and executive briefings to address employee concerns directly are far more likely to be beneficial than comfort animals. Corporate event planners can play a vital role in organizing these interactive meetings.
Some Christmas event themes are so popular that there is a tendency to repeat them year after year. There is nothing wrong with that, but regular attendees would also welcome something new. So, here are some fresh ideas to breathe new life into popular themes.
Meteorologists are now playing a vital part of planning outdoor concerts and events in order to prevent tragedies.
Event planners who want to add the “wow” factor to conference, corporate event, meeting and event marketing can find inspiration from viral marketing campaigns. Viral marketing engages audiences in unexpected ways and creates a buzz to encourage people to share their experiences with others. Here are six takeaways for event professionals. 1. Develop clarity about […]
Along with the thanks given around the dinner table, wouldn’t this be a good time to send out a note of thanksgiving to your mentor?
The last 2016 issue of Plan Your Meetings is now online and, for the first time ever, includes the complete Meetings Outlook report of MPI’s quarterly survey.
You should mindfully list people that provide a full-spectrum, in-depth assessment in broad brush strokes of who you are, how you operate, what you do and how you do it.
Here are some tips to ensure that your hybrid event does not turn into a “snoozefest.”
The German Convention Bureau provides a glimpse into the meeting room of the future.
Every new safety and security incident is a wake-up call for meeting and event professionals. The bottom line is that events and event venues can be vulnerable.
Top ‘harmless’ résumé lies that can cause big-time hurt–and how to address them.
At PYM LIVE New York, an executive assistant who planned several of her company’s meetings shared her biggest challenge: finding time to work more efficiently. With so many meetings coming in at the last minute, her boss suggested that she look into giving some planning tasks to an outside contractor.
Your reputation—and people’s lives—are riding on your preparedness for riots, protests, shooters and acts of terrorism. Do what you do best: Prepare.
Strategies to attract more attendees when your event marketing efforts don’t seem to be paying off.
The use of robots in the hospitality industry is playing out full-scale in Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture, an enormous theme park dedicated to imperial Holland, which is host to the Henn-na Hotel (literal meaning: Strange Hotel), the world’s first hotel staffed by robots.
From planner-supplier relationships, AV management and safety, here are more industry challenges and solutions.
Failure is not something we are taught to embrace. It’s something that we have to deal with because this is life, and life is full of failures. But what smart careerists do to handle failure is something akin to taking hay and spinning it into gold.
Four top apps for planning your next meeting–along with video overviews to help you get started.
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.
The No. 1 problem meeting planners have today is getting hoteliers to respond to their requests for proposal (RFPs).
New U.S. overtime rules may cost meeting professionals, corporate attendees and exhibiting companies more money to have a presence at events held over holidays and weekends.
Sporting events are a huge draw. Here are 5 ways to build excitement at corporate events using sports-related components.
Within 24 hours of an event’s cancellation, King, El Gazzar and Kaufman sent out a press release announcing that they’d be repurposing many of the keynote speakers for a new experience they called Ctrl+Alt+Del (#ctrlaltdel).
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.
A cover letter should emotionally connect the reader to your experience in a way that shows why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
Successful fundraising is all about connections—connecting donors with the mission; sharing stories about how donors’ gifts directly impact the mission. Successful organizations share stories about their needs, the benefits and an example of how donations make a difference in fulfilling the mission. The really savvy fundraisers will follow up with key stakeholders as to the direct impact their gifts provided to the organization. We featured our stories in our thank you letters.
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.