As a thank-you for participating in our Thanksgiving surveys for planners and partners, all respondents were entered into a random drawing to win a $100 gift certificate. One was given to a PYM planner and one was given to a PYM partner. Jamie Grantham and Erik Dombroski were the winners. Congratulations Jamie & Erik! And […]
Plan Your Meetings’ 2012 Annual Guide has received three Azbee Awards of Excellence. The Azbees, given by the American Society of Business Publishers and Editors, are among the most competitive contests for business-to-business, trade, association and professional publications. Plan Your Meetings, a multimedia educational resource for corporate meeting planners, is published by Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing. […]
Everything we do at Plan Your Meetings is designed to educate and empower you. You’ve asked for more opportunities to learn and engage with us. So we’re going to start having weekly hangouts on Google Plus to speak with you directly. Want to participate? Follow this link and tell us what date works best for […]
Plan Your Meetings’ 2011 Annual Guide has received four national and regional Azbee Awards of Excellence. Given by the American Society of Business Publishers and Editors, the Azbee Awards of Excellence are among the most competitive contests for business-to-business, trade, association and professional publications. Plan Your Meetings, a multimedia educational resource for corporate meeting planners, […]
Most meeting planners do their research at night or on the weekends when no one on your sales team is available. They prowl your site, but often leave no trace that they were there. Plan Your Meetings’ Planner Toolbox is an educational portal that captures their attention and their contact information, so your sales team can offer the […]
The first PYM LIVE Event of the year (#yaypym!) kicked off in Tampa at the Wyndham Tampa Westshore. In addition to an educational session led by Erica Prewett, there were roundtable discussions on the trade-show floor — including one that gave planners insight into how hotel sales staff values their business. (Support PYM partners. Click here to […]
This special digital edition of our PYM Annual is designed to help you navigate new technologies, find solutions for current challenges and, hopefully, inspire you to create something big, bright, beautiful and business-friendly at your next meeting or event. But, like everything we do here at Plan Your Meetings, this was a group effort. (You’ll […]
Bringing you “Motivation for Innovation,” the 2011 PYM Annual is designed to help you navigate new technologies, find solutions for current challenges and, hopefully, inspire you to create something big, bright, beautiful and business-friendly at your next meeting or event. But, like everything we do here at Plan Your Meetings, this was a group effort. […]
We had a blast at the 2011 PYM LIVE Austin. The planners in attendance had great ideas and a lot of questions, which made for an interesting discussion. But perhaps my favorite thing about the Austin event was an e-mail we received from two of the planners in attendance the very next day. It seems […]
By Lisa Kraus Everything we do at Plan Your Meetings is designed to help you plan better meetings and events, and to help you connect with products, services and properties that best meet your needs. In order to develop the best editorial, LIVE Events, online resources, programs and content available, we regularly seek the help […]
On May 20, Plan Your Meetings descended on the Hill Country for the first-ever 2010 PYM LIVE San Antonio. Hosted by the Westin La Cantera, Jeff Rasco, CMP, of Attendee Management, Inc. (@JeffRasco) and Cindy Lo of Red Velvet Events (@RedVelvetEvents) moderated the roundtable discussion, addressing a variety of industry concerns such as meeting technology […]
Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing Inc. walked away from the GAMMA Awards luncheon a big winner. Both its publications took home honors from the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS). Encore Atlanta, the official arts publication of the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera and Alliance Theatre won an Honorable Mention for Best Custom Publication for […]
How to keep staff motivated, tailor your product to the economy and meet event planner expectations were some of the solutions discussed at this event, held on Feb. 24, 2010 in Austin, Texas, which gathered current PYM partners together to discuss current sales and marketing challenges in the meetings industry.
Engaging attendees using Twitter, multi-year contracts and budget challenges were among the topics tackled during the educational session at 2010 PYM LIVE Austin, held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus today. Jeff Rasco (@JeffRasco) and Marla Werst (@ChicGeekGirl) helmed the roundtable discussion, which was inspired by our […]
At 2pm CT/3pm ET today, PYM partners are gathering to discuss the State of the Industry. Join them via live webcast from the AT&T Executive Education Conference Center at the University of Texas in Austin by clicking the item below or visiting http://220.127.116.11:8080/attconference. PYM Town Hall Austin: State of the Industry Live webcast of 2010 […]
So we’re kicking off our 2010 series of PYM LIVE Events today. New format, new whitepapers, new destinations and exhibitors. Atlanta’s Jan. 7 show promises to be very exciting, and not just because it may end with some snowfall. Here’s a transcript of what we were up to (start at the bottom and read up […]
The holidays are upon us. This month’s planner profile introduces us to Erica Prewett, a true superwoman of planning social events, as well as a person who keeps the spirit of “giving back” in her heart and mind throughout the year.
Erica Prewett, owner of A Big To Do Event, has been in the business of creating memories through events since 1999. Organizations such as IBM, AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Mississippi, as well as individual families, have experienced stress-free social and corporate events because of this “Checklist Queen.”
Recently, I began a keynote presentation at PYM LIVE in Atlanta by quoting from the book “Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Sad, but relatively true, especially the concept of leaving things as you found them. “Greening” or sustainability is not really difficult to grasp. Plan for the future, because whether […]
Welcome to my new monthly column! Each month I will spotlight a new planner. If you’re interested in being profiled, please contact me at Lisa.Kraus@PlanYourMeetings.com. This month, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to Kimberly Roberts, CMP, CSEP.
By Guest Blogger Allison Goldstein, PYM intern On Sept. 16, I attended my first event with the Plan Your Meetings crew at the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Gardens. It was my first visit to the gardens, but I quickly discovered just how beautiful they are; what a perfect location for an event! Upon arrival, the other […]
I was going through the news links posted in one of my LinkedIn groups and saw an article about Meeting Planning 101. So, I clicked the link out of curiosity, and was excited to see Michelle Hill, one of my PYMConnect friends, quoted. I was even more excited to read what she said…
The PYM Town Hall: State of the Industry event was a partner appreciation luncheon hosted by Plan Your Meetings and held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Jan. 29, 2009. It was the second of its kind, the first having convened in July 2008. The event was designed to be a group “think-tank” session between […]
At the end of the 2009 PYM Town Hall: State of the Industry luncheon in Atlanta, representatives from each table presented their findings to the group. Here are summaries of what was presented.
Questions asked at this table included: How do you turn a NO into a YES? and How can PYM help you in these uncertain times?
Questions asked at this table were: What are the best markets to target in this economy? and What do incentive groups (or your clients) want now?
Imagine our surprise today when we heard that Plan Your Meetings got a special shout-out at the MPI Houston Chapter’s January luncheon. Of course, we had to investigate … It turns out Katie Laird, an adorable, cupcake-loving social media guru, gave us props for our YouTube channel, which got started as a way for me […]
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, […]
Please join us in welcoming the members of our 2008 PYM Advisory Board.
More than 400 meeting planners and exhibitors learned cutting-edge techniques and essential skills to make the most of their meetings, their profession and each other at the 2007 Plan Your Meetings (PYM) Atlanta Expo, held Sept. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Ravinia.
Unable to be in Atlanta on Sept. 27? Plan Your Meetings (PYM) has got you covered. Morris DigitalWorks, in partnership with PYM, will be filming the Plan Your Meetings 2007 Southeast Expo and creating a podcast to run on planyourmeetings.com. Stay tuned to the site for our virtual tradeshow and more.