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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 Budget SqueezeOctober 1, 2017
Meeting the Challenge of Rising Costs By John Buchanan

The budgeting process for meetings and events is more demanding and daunting than ever before. And rising costs that cannot easily be counteracted by negotiating tactics make the task all the more challenging.

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Finding a Great Fit Is No Small Task By Mark Rowh

As with meetings of any size, choosing the right location for small meetings may be the most important consideration.

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The Stadium EffectNovember 1, 2016
Pro Sports Venues Offer Winning Game Plans for Corporate Events By Ron Bernthal

Planners might be surprised at the multitude of private spaces and group program options available for memorable out-of-the-box experiences.

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Peer-to-Peer Learning Sessions Produce the Most Motivating Meetings By Derek Reveron

Interactive sales training meetings are sure to spark motivation and inspire learning, which can improve sales productivity year-round.

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Big City IncentivesSeptember 1, 2015
Planners Create Urban Experiences Even the Well-Traveled Qualifier Will Love By Patrick Simms

“The key is to provide seamless access to experiences that the qualifiers can’t get on their own, and that they don’t get in other business trip environments.”

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How Planners Compete for Space, Dates & Rates in a Seller's Market By Patrick Simms

Small meetings — those requiring approximately 10–100 guest rooms on peak night — are the bread and butter for many in-house planners in the insurance and financial industries.

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What's Trending, From Destinations to Budgets and More By Patrick Simms

Many “second tier” European cities have shifted from being adventurous choices to reliable international incentives.

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