JT Long

JT Long

Content Chief at Smart Meetings
JT Long is content chief at Smart Meetings. She brings 25 years of experience in journalism and community-building and has written books on management and motivation.
JT Long


Content Chief at Smart Meetings, Question Asker at Large, Storyteller at Heart
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Secrets of a Productive Mentorship ProgramCareerTips & Tools

For all its benefits, pairing people up to share experiences and education is not a silver bullet for success and some relationships work better than others. Smart Meetings reached out to experts to narrow down the dos and don’ts of mentor-mentee-etiquette.

9 Tricks to Steal from XDPMeeting Planning

Attendees returning from ASAE’s Experience Design Project (XDP) at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland brought with them lots of ideas for leveraging the power of play and personalization in creating agendas.

How a Homelessness Hack Moved Beyond the ClicheIndustry EventsNews

PCMA EduCon planners set the lofty goal of hacking homelessness at their June event in Las Vegas.The goal was to address the root causes of the problem of people not having reliable housing. We asked the hackathon facilitators for a behind-the-scenes look at how they approached the conversation.

Lip Smacking Tours Expands Networking PossibilitiesFood & BeverageMeeting Planning

 After a long board meeting, nothing brings people together like breaking artisan French bread at an upscale brasserie. In the last four years, thousands of visitors to Las Vegas have been escorted to reserved tables at top restaurants on and off The Strip for VIP experiences that take all the work out of fine dining by serving groups preset meals and tidbits of information about venues.

Rewarding Trends in Incentive TravelMeeting Planning

To misquote the old adage about the factors influencing the value of real estate, the top considerations for choosing a destination for a reward trip continue to be appeal, safety and value. A recent study found that event professionals are planning more travel incentive trips than ever, but are stressed by the challenge of rising costs, concerns about security and pressure to prove return on investment.

Get Ready for a Strategic ShiftMeeting Planning

Imagine an event professional. We will call her Jane. She has been in the meetings industry for more than a decade. She has a “favorites” phone list of suppliers who can make anything happen. Miniature baked Alaska for 1,000—check. Lighting that turns a ballroom into an electric daisy carnival—got it. Need a replacement for an AWOL speaker—Tony Robbins might be free this afternoon. Surveys give her events high marks. But she feels stuck.