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Tempe, Arizona – A Refreshing Option in the Heart of Phoenix

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Who says there is no life in the desert?  If you have not been to Arizona lately, then you might be surprised.  Tempe is located in the heart of the…

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Boston Marathon First Responder Embraces Chaos to Create Success

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Dr. Natalie Stavas, a first responder at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, shares why she chooses to run toward chaos instead of away from it. Dr. Stavas spoke at Smart Meeting Mid-Atlantic in Washington, D.C., at…

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10 Effective Meeting Icebreakers

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One of the greatest challenges that meeting planners face is to facilitate a meeting that truly engages attendees. One of the best ways to ensure your meeting gets off to a great start is by planning a fun and casual icebreaker activity. Attendees will begin to interact and get to know each other—without the awkwardness…

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Is it Helpful to Label Employees?

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It can be, but it often causes a host of problems In virtually every workplace, certain traits are used to describe employees: Mary is a hard-worker, Jerry is lethargic, Tom is brilliant and Jen is chatty. Such descriptions often become labels that at best help to generally convey employees’ qualities, but at worst put them…

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Meeting Planners

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As we start the new year, let’s take a moment to make sure it will be a great one. By making a few resolutions and taking these simple steps, meeting planners can be sure 2017 will be a great year for fabulous events and stellar career progression. 1. Learn something new For meeting and event…

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Best Meeting Planner Tips, Tricks and Trends of 2016

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There’s no question that the meetings industry is constantly changing. In recent years, business travel has been impacted by everything from the sharing economy and lifestyle hotels to rising security concerns and the evolving needs of attendees in the digital age. Smart Meetings has identified some of the most important tips, tricks and trends from this year, in order to help meeting…

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Capturing and Leveraging Meeting Spend

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Six tips to help you know where to start The term strategic meetings management (SMM) has been around for well over a decade, referring to how an organization implements certain practices in negotiating, coordinating and documenting events to maximize annual spending. Even after this many years, however, the adoption of SMM across organizations isn’t nearly…

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Why Should I Do Business with You?

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Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport Move past company-centric sales tactics in a new era of selling Consumers’ primary complaint today about sales and marketing strategies and tactics is that nearly all forms of marketing—from marketing materials to sales presentations—are all about the sales person, the product or the provider. This constant focus on merchandising…

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5 Key Ways to Enhance Workplace Diversity

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Many employers find that having a diverse workforce enriches the workplace while providing a healthy variety of perspectives. But establishing diversity in the workplace is much more complicated than simply achieving desired hiring quotas. Employers need to take several steps to assure that everyone is comfortable in the workplace, regardless of race, culture, age, gender,…

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5 Best Webinars for Meeting Planners

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Webinars that provide CEU credits are a great resource for planners looking to expand their knowledge and further their careers. Smart Meetings regularly offers free webinars that cover a range of valuable topics, from contract negotiation to sourcing strategies. These are a few of our most popular webinars from 2016. 1. Problem Contract Clauses and…

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