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The meetings industry is full of unique acronyms, but none are catchier than SMERF (social, military, educational, religious and fraternal) groups.

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The meetings industry is full of unique acronyms, but none are catchier than SMERF (social, military, educational, religious and fraternal) groups.

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Planners spend valuable time and a healthy slice of budgets searching for and hiring the right speakers. That’s why it’s crucial that planners maximize return on investment by getting the best speaker for keynotes, general sessions, breakouts, seminars and education and training meetings.

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Planners spend valuable time and a healthy slice of budgets searching for and hiring the right speakers. That’s why it’s crucial that planners maximize return on investment by getting the best speaker for keynotes, general sessions, breakouts, seminars and education and training meetings.

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It’s the first day of the event and hundreds of insurance company attendees are in meeting and breakout rooms. Suddenly, people are running everywhere screaming that a gun-toting person has taken hostages in a ballroom

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It’s the first day of the event and hundreds of insurance company attendees are in meeting and breakout rooms. Suddenly, people are running everywhere screaming that a gun-toting person has taken hostages in a ballroom

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A successful golf outing can boost attendee camaraderie, fun and networking that forges professional bonds and friendships.

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A successful golf outing can boost attendee camaraderie, fun and networking that forges professional bonds and friendships.

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Asking planners what their biggest challenges are is like asking a firefighter what’s the most difficult part of responding to and extinguishing a multiple-alarm office building fire.

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Asking planners what their biggest challenges are is like asking a firefighter what’s the most difficult part of responding to and extinguishing a multiple-alarm office building fire.

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The HBGCC’s meeting space configuration, varying breakout room sizes and reception spaces all fit the NCBF’s goal of meeting several needs under one convention center roof. “Our group has several receptions and it’s nice to be able to host those in one facility rather than having to host them back at a hotel,” Torres says.

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The HBGCC’s meeting space configuration, varying breakout room sizes and reception spaces all fit the NCBF’s goal of meeting several needs under one convention center roof. “Our group has several receptions and it’s nice to be able to host those in one facility rather than having to host them back at a hotel,” Torres says.

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Establishing and maintaining good relationships with suppliers and vendors is crucial because they implement so many visible and behind-the-scenes details that can make or break meetings.

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Establishing and maintaining good relationships with suppliers and vendors is crucial because they implement so many visible and behind-the-scenes details that can make or break meetings.

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They must handle logistics as well as track, collect and report all forms of payments and “transfer of value,” including gifts, speaking fees, taxes and gratuities, involving doctors, researchers and other Health Care Professional (HCP) attendees. They must report the data, including attendee credentials and demographic information, to client companies for reporting to regulatory authorities. […]

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They must handle logistics as well as track, collect and report all forms of payments and “transfer of value,” including gifts, speaking fees, taxes and gratuities, involving doctors, researchers and other Health Care Professional (HCP) attendees. They must report the data, including attendee credentials and demographic information, to client companies for reporting to regulatory authorities. […]

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You spend months planning a meeting and finalize plans shortly before the start date. Days before the meeting, the corporate stakeholder wants to change the theme and replace some speakers. “There is a reason meeting and event planning is fourth behind fire, police and air traffic controllers in stressful jobs. When things threaten to fall […]

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You spend months planning a meeting and finalize plans shortly before the start date. Days before the meeting, the corporate stakeholder wants to change the theme and replace some speakers. “There is a reason meeting and event planning is fourth behind fire, police and air traffic controllers in stressful jobs. When things threaten to fall […]

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There was a time when planners chose meeting destinations by selecting one of the biggest that offered the most of everything at the best prices.

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There was a time when planners chose meeting destinations by selecting one of the biggest that offered the most of everything at the best prices.

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