You Don’t Have to Keep Meeting Like This!

Keeping your attendees engaged in these days of less time and more technology has increasingly become a challenge for planners. Yet there are a number of ways to help you and your clients have more effective and energetic large meetings by tapping into the perspectives and wisdom of all the participants.   The Situation Ask…

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What Meeting Planners Can Do to Support #DayoftheGirl

Today marks International Day of the Girl. The United Nations sanctioned this date in 2012 as an initiative to empower girls who have been victimized by a variety of circumstances, ranging from violence to natural disasters. UN Women—an organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women—issued a statement saying, “On the International Day…

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Not Your Parents’ Airport Hotels

Unique airport hotels are destinations themselves Airport hotels are synonymous with delayed flights, drab architecture and down time wasted far from the appealing lights of downtown. But some airport hotels have quietly become downright fabulous. Getting off a plane and immediately checking into a hotel, with low transit times and all the amenities of a…

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How to Accommodate Designated Drivers at Your Event

Close your eyes and think about the last event you attended. More likely than not, alcohol was a central aspect. Cocktail parties, wine tastings and, more recently, craft brewery tours have become a staple of conference programs. Planners have to be careful to cater to the needs of non-drinkers in our midst as well. Sobriety…

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Keeping an Eye on the Storm

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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Small Meetings, Big Objective

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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Plan an Unforgettable and Safe Firework Show at Your Next Event

Star Spangled 200 (All photos courtesy of Fireworks by Grucci) Visualize looking up at the dark night sky and seeing your event or brand logo bursting in color. Now imagine looking at the expression of awe on the faces of your event’s attendees. Incorporating fireworks into a meeting can be impactful, but there are several…

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9 Refreshing Ways to Keep Attendees Cool at Summer Events

Ah, summer has arrived. And with the balmy season comes the warmest weather of the year. It’s the ideal time to hold an outdoor meeting or event. But before you start outsourcing caterers and choosing a venue, remember that heat can be a double-edge sword. Sure, it permits a plethora of fun activities and beautiful…

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Answers to Your Burning Security Questions

11 questions from Alan Kleinfeld’s Smart Meetings financial and insurance webinar In a world of heightened security awareness, Arrive Management Group’s Alan Kleinfeld found himself answering a lot of event planner questions during the Smart Meetings webinar on Security May 25. While he is not a lawyer or a doctor, he was happy to provide…

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8 Meeting Planner Lessons I Learned from My Mother

No matter how you plan to celebrate this weekend, we should all be taking the time to not only appreciate our mothers, but mothers everywhere, who are strong enough to withstand perhaps the most important and challenging job of them all. Many of us carry some of our mothers’ lessons on a daily basis. Even…

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