“Relationship building is, and always will be, an advantage to those who realize its importance…”

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Clear Communication Will Make the Difference Between a Successful and Disastrous Event By Christine Loomis

Planners often wonder what the best practices are for handling conflicts that arise onsite at conferences or in the planning process. But in the world of planning meetings, when aren’t the stakes high?

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Skills That Drive SuccessDecember 11, 2018
It Takes More Than Experience and Creativity to Plan a Winning Meeting By Patrick Simms

The skill set of the successful meeting planner includes effective communication, attention to detail, organization, time management and multitasking. But many of the skills in the event-planning trade go beyond basic logistical abilities and are no less important.

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Our Group of Savvy and Experienced Meeting Pros Share Their Insights and Perspectives By Christine Loomis

The core elements of meeting planning remain largely the same. But forces impacting them change regularly, requiring planners to make ongoing adjustments to work parameters and processes.

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From Floundering Failures to Super Successes By Christine Loomis

Success, according to legions of leaders from industry, politics and beyond, is in many ways dependent on failure. John C. Maxwell, noted author and speaker, put it this way: “Without failure, there is no achievement.” Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX among other companies, famously points to his resume of “epic failures” and says, “If things […]

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Keeping Up With Technology and Client Expectations Gives Independent Planners a Leg Up By Patrick Simms

Successful businesses stay abreast of how client expectations evolve, and meeting planning companies are no exception.

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Tips and Strategies From Planners and Golf Professionals By Christine Loomis

Many articles have been written about the value of golf as a business tool. Certainly it provides several hours of networking between shots and facilitates face time between people in different departments or at different levels within a company.

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Enlighten Up!November 1, 2017
New Learning Opportunities for Hot Topics and Meeting Planning Challenges of the Day By Patrick Simms

Ongoing education is a must in the profession. Certificate programs such as the CMP and CMM provide tactical and strategic foundations, but beyond that, successful planners feel the need to stay current on a variety of topics.

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Planners Make the Shift From ‘Memorable’ to ‘Return on Experience’ By Patrick Simms

Meetings must leave a lasting, positive impression on attendees, and that is best achieved when great content is combined with a hospitality experience that is both high quality and distinctive.

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Strengthening Industry Relationships That Are Crucial to Success By Maura Keller

Meeting planners, CVBs, live event agencies, DMCs, rental companies and other suppliers must work effectively together to deliver the best possible outcome.

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