If you’re like me, you’re just starting to surface from that sugar-induced holiday coma you enjoyed last month and wondering where to focus your attention.
Among the advice: Pay attention to generational shifts and stay on top of travel trends.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer where stress control is involved, but there are plenty of warning signs and ways to respond.
Let’s assume your function is necessary. You can enhance its value and, perhaps, replace attendees’ resentment with enjoyment.
No one else will track the value of your progress in continuing education, so let the world know you’re more valuable now than ever before.
One of the biggest changes planners have had to deal with in recent years is the increase in special-meal requests. These tips from experienced planners can help you navigate.
When you are able to create an event team of your choosing, as Mom always said, “Make good choices!”
Simply put, mailing lists must be targeted, accurate and frequently updated. With patience and dedication, you can build a list that works for you.
A word to the wise: Mailing lists get outdated as fast as people change Facebook statuses, and positive results are rarely achieved from a one-mailer marketing piece.
What are we learning ? Expect zero privacy in any of your electronic communications.
There are many reasons people need office space at home these days. In every case that means being professional and serious about your surroundings.
If you’re like most planners, this isn’t only a scary topic but a necessary discussion that takes us into unknown territory.
That tiny piece of networking gold speaks volumes about your professionalism and respect for potential colleagues.
No matter where you are in your career climb, you’ll likely decide at some point to add volunteer work to your resume. What can you expect? We have a few thoughts to share with first-time members.
Wasn’t it just six months ago that we all had lofty goals about where we were headed? Perhaps June should be designated as the time to get real about what we’ve accomplished and what we have not since Jan. 1.
According to most economic forecasts, nearly every corner of the universe expects record-breaking crowds in the months ahead, so it’s probably best if you accept the inevitable and plan accordingly.
Before you lock the front door and surrender your passport, let’s look at how you can stay healthy while traveling.
Ask any first-time attendee what he/she feels as they stand at the entrance to their first big-time trade show. Fear? Trepidation? Dread?
Like most any event you do, your approach to trade shows will dictate whether the time you spend is valuable or useless. So go prepared.
Never pretend a connection exists. Rely on your network to provide solid introductions and authentic referrals, and then always pay the kindness forward.
As planners, we’re more prepared than most others for just about anything that life in the meeting universe throws our way. But what about hurricanes, plane crashes and bombs that go boom?
Constant change is a given for all of us, so the idea of being comfortable in your job went out the window with that last app you downloaded.
Simply put, a resolution is just another word for deciding to make a change. Big, small or anywhere in between.
I like to do some reflection during the final week in December. Here’s my process; maybe it will work for you, too.
This list is meaningful and could have a big impact on business if a few of these wishes could be fulfilled.
Surveys show that even small amounts of color can positively affect people’s imagination and performance.
The No. 1 rule your first time out of the gate on company money is to find out exactly how much you have to spend.
Savvy planners know that scheduling a pre-con is in everyone’s best interest and, if run correctly, can make or break their success.
Decide in advance what your goals are in attending an event, and how you can best achieve them.
The reasons people don’t reply can be summarized by the phrase “fear of commitment.”
Like them or not, we all use them. Not always wisely, though, or effectively and purposefully.
These four tips can keep you from embarrassing yourself or your client.
Swag isn’t simple anymore. Now your giveaways have to pass countless tests.
Strategic planning is a tool. Make sure it’s something you can live with, not something you’ll avoid.
Goals, group size and budget should be at the top of your list when you’re planning team-building activities.
Five steps toward better RFPs, and the advice comes straight from hotel salespeople.
The steps to a good, achievable goal include realistic dreaming, specific actions, a time frame and self-discipline.
Planning meetings outside your home country presents a whole set of different challenges than you’re used to. It’s wise to get an early start on learning basic guidelines.
In the midst of this holiday season, you may have the color green on your mind. But we’re not talking Christmas trees or dollar bills here, we’re talking about green meetings. And that’s a green that’s good all year long.
Whether you welcome or abhor the holiday season, there’s some end-of-year protocol that needs your attention.
From whom to invite to defining the purpose, clear, common ground rules will help make your gatherings matter.
Preparation and following a plan can take the sting out of meeting colleagues for the first time.
It’s less painful than a root canal, and assessing your meeting will benefit all future ones.
At a minimum, communication is a two-way street between the speaker and the recipient.
Even if you’re new to the planning industry, you already know that with every event line there’s a timeline for getting it done.
Also keep in mind that procurement is a verb, and that means it requires action on your part.
Most good themes are developed in brainstorming sessions, either in groups or through your own imagination.
Wow, the title of this section — standards and procedures for project management — is a yawn, don’t you think? But read on …
This attention to detail separates the most successful planners from the rest of the pack.