Event Planning

Creative ThinkingAugust 30, 2018
The Ins and Outs of Planning a Meeting With a Theme By Cynthia Dial

Guided by such parameters as goals, budgets, demographics and destinations, the lengthy and detailed procedure is demanding and sometimes overwhelming. But it need not be.
Armed with the following input from in-the-know players of some of the nation’s top DMCs, the future for theme-plotting planners can be simple. So relax, enjoy the process and find inspiration in the words of Albert Einstein: “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

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Planners Appreciate Continuous Outstanding Service By Patrick Simms

There are many instances of short-term partnerships with suppliers that qualify as a success. A firm running an incentive trip, for example, may partner with a DMC at the destination, receive great service and never work with that supplier again — only because the firm never happened to repeat that destination. But the most salient examples of successful relationships with suppliers are those where the client receives great service over many meetings, i.e., the long-term partnership.

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Paying attention to key details can ensure your meeting (and career) is a success. By Derek Reveron

Planners wage a never-ending battle against Murphy’s Law, which says that what can go wrong probably will. That’s why it’s rare that events proceed completely flawless from beginning to end. Events typically can survive minor slip-ups, some of which attendees may not even notice. But big blunders can ruin an event or make attendees so […]

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The Little ThingsAugust 30, 2018
Just Because Your Meeting is Small Doesn’t Mean Your Ideas Should Be By Christine Loomis

Not all meetings are created equal. There are many variables that make one destination, one hotel or even one specific venue right for a particular group.

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Diversity and Inclusivity in Meetings By Maura Keller

Darci Motta, CMP and senior conference manager at CSAA Insurance Group, and board director of Meeting Professionals International, Northern California chapter, recognizes the vital role diversity and inclusivity plays in today’s meetings arena. In fact, CSAA Insurance Group’s focus on diversity is expanding beyond race, ethnicity and sexual orientation to encompass inclusion and belonging, and creating strategies to bring the best out of all people.

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As Meeting Complexity Rises, So Does the Pressure to Think Outside the Box By Cynthia Dial

Here’s a peek into the inside scoop from the perspective of professionals, who share their challenges and their tips. So, pour a cup of coffee, keep reading and keep in mind — you’re not alone.

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Develop a Network of Trusted Partners as an Essential Extension of Your Team By Mark Rowh

Relationships with suppliers can be both collaborative and/or supportive.

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Elevate Your Events!January 1, 2017
Focus on Hotel Rooftops and Other Lofty Venues to Meet High Expectations By Sara Churchville

Impressive vantage points that facilitate networking and inspire Instagram moments.

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Happily Ever LaughterSeptember 1, 2016
Inject Humor to Enliven the Meeting and Ignite Motivation By Derek Reveron

Laughter reinforces a company’s personal connection with attendees, builds attendance and creates a memorable experience.

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No matter what the trends are, at the end of the day it’s all about making sure to deliver a memorable and rewarding customer experience.

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