Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Check the Label

RBST stands for “recombinant bovine somatotropin,” a synthesized cow hormone produced using genetic engineering. Food labels are moving away from general terms like “natural” and getting more specific, one of several marketing trends affecting F&B. Planners are well aware that an ever-increasing number of meeting attendees want to improve their diet and overall health and…

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Attitude Tips from a Planner

  In this month’s issue, we wrote about ways to transform a grumpy attitude into a joyful one—a sometimes difficult task in the stressful world of meeting planning. Here, we highlight more tips from someone who knows best: a meeting professional. Rennette Grace is a freelance onsite meeting manager based in Minnesota. Here, she shares…

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Green Scene: Air Travel Adds Up

Keeping a plane in the air takes a lot of energy, and where there are energy expenditures there are greenhouse gas emissions. Online tools such as the calculator at carbonbalanced.org can estimate how much carbon dioxide is produced per passenger. Using the tool, here’s a look at how roundtrip flights between some popular meetings destinations…

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Top 5 Scenic Staircases of the Bay Area

Dipsea Steps in Mill Valley, Calif. Where there are hills, there are bound to be stairs, and San Francisco has plenty of both. There are reportedly more than 300 staircases in the city, and even more in surrounding communities. Some are well-trod by joggers and tourists, while others are well-kept secrets that climb past charming…

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Trend of the Week: Bacon!

Drooooool.   Our event coordinator, Cassie McNair, is sharing one of her favorite trends every week. See some trends in action by attending one of our Smart Events, and read more about trends here. Who doesn’t love a little bacon in their life? This culinary staple is making a comeback, with such unusual items as…

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Meals on Wheels

Samuel Kim of mobile food vendor Bok Ssam offers his Korean Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches at the Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center event Friday in San Francisco.   The concept behind food trucks originated before carriages went horseless, but in the last four or five years mobile catering has undergone a remarkable evolution….

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Born to Lead

All six of them are widely heralded as business titans for their roles in creatively developing the meetings industry and successfully navigating it through ever-increasing challenges. Much less known is the remarkable paths they have walked to achieve success and the wide range of passions—including dogs, European football and sailing—they have outside the industry. As…

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Get Your VIPs Away From It All

Imagine your attendees awakening to views of sunlit rock sculptures deep in a Colorado canyon. Consider the productive networking your group could accomplish during a round of golf alongside the cobalt waters of the Sea of Cortez. And how effective would your board meeting be if held inside a palapa tree house overlooking cacti and…

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New App Corrects Auto-Correct

SwiftKey 4.   Ever since most planners grabbed their first smartphone, the bane of their existences has been the dreaded auto-correct function. Most smartphone uses often text a message or email and press send before realizing the dreaded mistake. I wrote “meeting” not “meek king!” I typed that we’re having “crab” cakes for dinner, not…you…

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New & Renovated: April Hotel Watch

The Inn on Fifth  Guests who stay in one of the 32 new Club Level Suites at this Naples, Fla., boutique hotel will feel like a VIP thanks to a private concierge and exclusive check-in service. The suites, with plenty of space to unwind, range in size from 516 to more than 1,100 sq. ft….

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