In the face of continued low occupancy and less overall meeting activity, many of the national hotel chains are moving away from the personal relationship-building sales experience upon which their loyal customer base was built. Now, sales teams that may as well be located on what seem to be opposite sides of the country contend for my, and your, hotel business.
In these economic times when every dollar an organization spends is being scrutinized, meeting expenses are under the microscope just like every other expenditure. What’s the single most important thing you can do to ensure you negotiate the best possible deal for your meeting? What one tool will save you time, energy and frustration in […]
Here are a few simple steps that can positively impact your bottom line.
Planning a basic meeting is not as cut-and-dried as everyone wants to make it, because every meeting has its own personality. Before you can plan one, you need to know three things: The purpose of the meeting. What you want to accomplish. How much you have to spend – a.k.a., the budget. Once you know […]
Many years ago I had a boss who was the “King of Clichés.” His office was filled with motivational or thought-provoking sayings, like “You can’t expect what you don’t inspect.” I’d often sit and wonder, “Why? What was the point?” As I got older and had more experience, I realized it was not the saying, […]
By now, most of you have seen the “Top 10 best green practices for meeting planners.” We know plastic bottles are bad, compostable or recyclable disposables are good, china is better, and to never, ever use styrofoam. However, after finally wrapping our heads around what we need to produce a sustainable meeting, we are now […]