Grady Olson

Grady Olson

Editorial Intern at Smart Meetings
Born in San Diego and grew up in the ocean. Has shaped his own surfboards, sewed his own clothes, lived in Montana briefly, Santa Barbara for five years where he was working on an avocado ranch and fishing boats, and now currently and for the last year in San Francisco. Has an AA degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in journalism and will receive his BA in Creative Writing this May from SFSU. Currently a contributing writer for Amadeus and Gross Magazine as well.

Save the Planet, One Straw at a TimeMeeting Planning

With Earth Day behind us, there is a strong buzz of new sustainability practices. It’s trendy, hip and important to be green—and surveys show attendees and guests give weight to hotels and event properties doing their part to protect resources. The same goes for meetings. Give your attendees a reason to brag about your eco-friendly event (without breaking the bank) by adding a little something extra to your food and beverage menu—alternative straws.

5 Tips for Negotiating Your Best SalaryTips & Tools

Research shows that women are often very good at negotiating on behalf of others, but are not as successful when negotiating for themselves. You can change that by preparing yourself to negotiate. Here are five simple steps that can empower you as a negotiator and increase your chances of getting what you deserve.

5 Tips to Creating a Captivated AudienceTips & Tools

Whether it’s during a meeting of five co-workers or a packed auditorium, getting your audience to pay attention to your speech can be extremely difficult. How do you keep your audience engaged? These five flawless tricks can help you understand, speak to and captivate your audience.

Secrets for Beating Jet LagTips & Tools

The most common symptoms of jet lag include fatigue, confusion and lack of awareness.That is not good news for those who have to be at their peak to handle all the moving parts at a conference. That is why the following four strategies are must-haves for the global meeting professional toolbox.

77 Countries to Celebrate Global Exhibitions DayEvents

Seventy-seven countries from throughout the world, with the support of 41 associations, will celebrate the third annual Global Exhibitions Day (GED) on June 6. Rallies and events will be organized across the world. A list of celebrations can be found here and supporters can use the hashtag #GED18.

Native Culture in the NorthwestHotels & Destinations

The Northwest has a rich Native American culture, and groups can experience it in many ways. Every summer, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort in Idaho host this colorful, three-day pow wow, which draws 10,000 people per day, while Hibulb Cultural Center exhibits the culture of the Northwest tribes.

Several Hotel Companies Raise Planner CommissionsNews

Several small, independent hotel companies have raised commission rates to third-party planners, just as some large companies have lowered or are considering lowering the rates. Wigan is now offering 10 percent on rooms and 5 percent on food and beverage.

Hotels Step Up to Reduce Water UsageHotels & ResortsNews

Hotels are beginning to carry their weight in water conservation efforts. InterContinental San Francisco saves 2 million gallons of water each year by utilizing low-flow faucets and toilets, while MGM Grand Las Vegas has converted its natural grass surfaces to water-efficient desert landscaping and artificial turf…