Category Archives: Meeting Planning

A Deep Dive into Relating

Meeting Planning

Alan Alda’s new book offers tips for boosting communication Early in his acting career, Alan Alda experienced a poignant moment with director Mike Nichols and actress Barbara Harris while rehearing for a Broadway musical, The Apple Tree. “He [Nichols] asked us both several times to relate better—although he seemed to be looking more in my…

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keeping an eye on the storm

Keeping an Eye on the Storm

Meeting Planning

Nothing can ruin a perfectly planned event faster than unexpected severe weather.  Each year more than 100,000 thunderstorms occur in the United States, producing 25 million lightning flashes and killing an average of 51 people per year. It can strike as far as 10 to 25 miles from the storm that produces it—making it very…

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7 Gift Ideas Too Sweet To Be Forgotten

Style

Win a FREE Bubble Umbrella! In 140 characters or less, share what you would write on a personalized cupcake (photos are encouraged) with #SmartMeetingsStyle or email us by Friday, Oct. 6. Little Bits of Luxury Fresh botanical extracts create this lush collection of scented hand lotion. lollialife.com Sweet Branding Customizable cupcakes and cookies are a scrumptious…

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Small Meetings, Big Objective

Meeting Planning

As executive retreats evolve, host properties are refining their offerings for maximum impact To those outside the meetings industry, it would surely seem more difficult to plan a 350-person business event at a city-center hotel than to coordinate a 35-person gathering at a small property in a quiet location. But what most people don’t consider…

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Try Going Back to School for Your Next Meeting

Meeting Planning

Not everyone walking around college campuses this month is a student, and some won’t be leaving at the end of the day. More universities than ever are including conference hotels on their grounds to accommodate meetings of the mind in academic settings. In fact, a cottage industry of campus hotel management companies has emerged.

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New Frontiers in Sustainability

Green Meetings

Hotels and convention centers are pushing green meetings standards ever higher Gone are the days when a collection of recycling bins could pass for a sustainability program. Having long passed the buzzword phase, environmental responsibility concerns now permeate the business landscape, including the meetings and events industry. In the current climate, wastewater reuse and compost…

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Banish the Afternoon Slump

Health & WellnessTips & Tools

6 easy ways to stay on top of your game all day In the gung-ho world of American business, we scoff at siestas. But that Latin tradition is an important one, according to many medical experts, because our bodies have evolved to crave afternoon naps. “A major reason for this is that human beings are…

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It’s Fire Season

Food & Beverage

Restaurant kitchens across the land are on fire. Wood-fired cooking has chefs competing to see who can come up with the most Pitmaster-ish updates to classics of the smokin’ hot grill. In the Charlotte Marriott City Center, Stoke is overseen by Executive Chef Chris Coleman, one of North Carolina’s most respected chefs. Local hams hang from…

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