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.
No alliance can succeed if there is not equality and mutual benefit at its foundation.
For both experts and newbies, less is more.
Communication basics are a practical necessity.
Flexibility is key. Consider drive time and a backup plan.
As meeting planners, we are champions of the power of live, face-to-face communication.
Take a step back and see if how you work helps your team members improve. There are a number of ways you can make sure you all get better.
Partnership is a new normal approach to how business gets done. That doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Check out five important things to keep in mind.
My biggest challenge as a high-tech association planner was providing Internet access to my attendees at a reasonable cost to the association. We were known for always having a great network and free access. It set us apart from our competition. Our attendees were heavy Internet users that expected to have free access in the […]
Why is it acceptable for meeting attendees to play a round of golf, but not to play with toys? Why is the idea of play so looked down upon? Joan Eisenstodt questions our assumptions about common meeting practices and challenges meeting organizers to plan uncommonly exceptional events in this interactive session, recorded at the Georgia […]
As I was working a wedding last weekend, the Director of Catering at the “wedding in a box” venue (Mike) and I got into an interesting conversation about tipping. To give you some background, this venue is pretty exclusive, so you need to have a healthy budget ($400 pp+) to hold your wedding at Mike’s facility. What surprised — […]
If you are facing the challenge of planning a meeting in an unfamiliar destination you might be struggling with where to begin. If your first thought is to turn to the Internet for information, you might be quickly overwhelmed by all the data available to you and still not have the type of information you […]
It might seem like a gamble to plan a meeting at a casino, but with the proper planning it can be a hit. The planning and logistics are much the same as planning a meeting at a resort. Here are seven reasons why your best bet may be to choose to meet at a gaming property.
The job of a planner involves a lot more skill than choosing chicken for a banquet menu. But does corporate America know that? In other words: Can event and meeting planners leverage their skills to climb the corporate ladder? Absolutely, says Amy Giglio, manager of talent acquisition for Columbus, Ga.-based Aflac, a supplemental insurance provider […]
After years of ignoring the hit TV show “Lost,” I decided to tune in for the series premiere last night. It was interesting, but I felt utterly adrift. Evidently, it was filled with all sorts of people and bits of information that I would have gotten had I been plugged into the TV show over […]
With reduced budgets for corporate and association meetings, event planners need the best bang for their buck. For many, that means a cruise. There are pros and cons to having a meeting at sea but there is no argument over the cost advantage. “Having a cruise meeting versus a land meeting costs about 30 percent […]
As a planner, you expect something (or many things) will go wrong during the course of an event, and you’re an expert at putting out fires while producing seamless events. But no matter how experienced you are, handling controlling or overbearing clients or employers can be a challenge. In an ideal world you’d have full […]