I’ve been involved in the corporate audiovisual production industry for over 20 years, and one of the most consistent issues I hear meeting planners and end clients complaining about is the cost of their technology spend, specifically “hidden” or unexpected AV expenses. Part of the problem lies in the fact that many meeting planners are […]
One of the mistakes meeting planners frequently make is not paying enough attention to the layout and design of their meeting rooms. Too often planners are more concerned with accommodating the most people possible in a space instead of designing an environment that is conducive to meeting the goals and objectives of the event. For […]
Ever wonder how a general session is put together? After the opening general session of the 2010 PCMA Convening Leaders conference on Jan. 11, Freeman’s Design/Production Resource Manger Jim Irwin, CTS, MFA, led meeting and event planners on a behind the scenes tour and explained the process as it moved from the drawing board to […]
When meeting industry veteran Ben Novack Jr. was killed last month in his hotel room during a conference his company was managing in Rye Brook, N.Y., it sent shockwaves through the industry. It also served as a wake-up call for planners to think about their own safety. From hotel room security precautions to the best course of working with local authorities and the media, here are insights from industry professionals about what planners should do in case of an emergency…
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of conducting a brainstorming session with meeting planners about the challenges they’re facing right now and what some of the solutions are. Whether you attended or not, I think everyone can benefit from some of the advice your peers have on dealing with toxic bosses, contract negotiations, dealing with attrition, […]
From 1994 to 2005, Walter Scheib prepared meals for the Clinton and Bush families as well as foreign dignitaries such as Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela. Currently, he owns American Chef Event Services and is a culinary partner of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts in Hershey, Penn.