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6 Strategies for Large Event Contract NegotiationsDealsMeeting Planning

While some event professionals may gleefully embrace the prospect of negotiating contracts for large events, many would rather run for the hills. To make the process less daunting, here are six tactics to strengthen your hand at the bargaining table: 1. Consider multi-year agreements In many instances, event professionals can land sweet deals if they…

6 Tips for December MeetingsMeeting PlanningStyle

Planning a meeting in December can be stressful. Holiday parties, social obligations and work commitments are all competing for attention. As the days grow shorter, draw inspiration from the season to design events that everyone will want to attend, and to help keep them engaged long after. Below are six tips to incorporate holiday cheer, connect…

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5 Ways to Keep Event Costs LowPlannerTips & Tools

Whether you’re planning a small meeting or gearing up for a large trade show, odds are you’re working within a set budget. Surely you’ve been thinking long and hard about how to put together the best event at the lowest cost. The following five tips will help keep your event costs low while planning an…

How to Take the Risk out of Planning Events with the Federal GovernmentHow ToTips & Tools

Up until 2012 when the media broke the Muffingate story and the scandal of the GSA Western Regional Conference changed everything, government meetings were considered a relatively recession proof base of business. Federal meetings almost singlehandedly bailed out the hospitality industry following the tragedy of 9/11. Since late 2012, I have been teaching The Future…

How to Navigate Extreme Weather While TravelingHow ToTips & Tools

Earlier this fall, hurricanes Irma and Harvey left millions in need of a reliable and immediate travel solution. Now, with the unpredictable holiday season fast approaching, the importance of understanding how best to navigate the travel landscape when faced with extreme weather conditions is at an all-time high. Whether experiencing unexpected weather, a flight cancellation…

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How to Plan an Awesome Annual Kick-Off MeetingHow ToTips & Tools

It’s getting to be that time of year again. You know, the one where sales and sales enablement leaders—who strategically use resources to improve a team’s productivity and increase revenue—are planning annual kick-off meetings. And it’s no small task. In addition to the logistics of selecting a destination, blocking rooms and finding meeting space, there’s…

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6 Tips for Getting the Best Speaker Possible at the Best PricePlannerTips & Tools

Close your eyes and imagine you are in charge of your organization’s annual meeting. It’s going to be a big affair. You’ve decided to get an outside speaker or two, and you want to make sure you get the right speakers for your meeting, at the right price. From experience, you know that some speakers…

IMEX America 2017 HighlightsNews

Marin Bright and the Smart Meetings team report on more action from the seventh annual IMEX America 2017. The trade show took place at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Day Three surpassed the first two by a long shot, with even more spectacular sights and interactions. A special thank you to everyone who…