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.
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In speaking with event organizers and industry suppliers at IMEX America, a common theme kept popping up: Meeting professionals were getting ripped off. In one situation, an independent planner brought a friend in to help her on a job last year. When the client called the friend about coming back this year, the friend took […]
If you want to create memorable meetings and events, there are many ways to do so. All you need is a little ingenuity and inspiration. Plan Your Meetings spoke with meeting planners across the country to find out what advice they had for livening things up and engaging attendees …
If you’re one of those constantly tethered to your iPhone, you might consider adding applications to help you work better. Several are free; others cost no more than $9.99. Among the freebies are Dragon Dictation, which creates voice-to-text transcriptions that can be e-mailed or texted; Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, which lets users share screen and […]
The phrase “if you build it, they will come” has become part of popular vernacular. Pharmaceutical and medical event planners, associations and exhibitors had their own version: “If you give something away, the doctors will come.” That all changed when the revised, and more restrictive, PhRMA and AdvaMed codes of ethics went into effect last […]
Get off to a great start with your next event with these helpful tips from industry experts on how to minimize risk, save money and avoid contracting pitfalls. In this PYM Knowledge Series video, PYM’s panel of expert planners and suppliers look at contract negotiations from both sides of the table and share their list […]
When delegates from 150 countries recently converged in Frankfurt, Germany for the IMEX 2010 exhibition, cultural differences were discussed, embraced and congratulated. But one theme seemed to be common among the host of international planners: a challenge to adapt to different concepts of time depending on the host country and cultural blend of the delegates. […]
The question that sparked this series – “What’s the most outrageous thing a venue has ever attempted to bill you for?” — was obviously loaded; I knew that when I posted it to several LinkedIn groups. My intention in asking it was to give planners and event producers an opportunity to vent their frustrations, which […]
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, […]
Does your company have a strategic meetings management (SMM) program in place? If not, it may be missing an important opportunity to cut costs and control meeting spend. SMM programs define a company’s standard operating procedure for planning meetings and events. Some companies require every meeting request be registered with the strategic meetings management department. […]
It seems the most basic of all rules: Know what the goal of the meeting or event is before you plan it. Yet, I’ve seen two spectacular events recently that had a great “wow” factor, yet fell flat because the planners seemed to ignore what their clients were trying to achieve. The first was an […]
Airline industry woes have dominated news headlines lately, but planners disagree about how this is changing the way they book group tickets. Raul Santa, who works for the non-profit organization Jobs for Progress National, Inc., based in Irving, Texas, says the organization no longer attempts to handle everyone’s flight arrangements for its annual conference.