Category Archives: Meeting Planning

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6 Strategies for Large Event Contract Negotiations

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…

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6 Tips for December Meetings

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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Survey: Business Travelers Want Face-to-Face Meetings

Reinforcing the meetings industry’s emphasis on the importance of face-to-face meetings, nearly two-third of respondents in a recent survey said that one of the top aspects of business travel is having such meetings with colleagues, customers, suppliers and prospects. This was one of the key findings in the recently released American Express Business Travel Survey,…

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Designing the Well Meeting

 Recently, the high priests and priestesses of wellness gathered for their annual get-together. These are the visionaries and leaders of the global wellness industry, those who pioneer and advocate wellness practices and treatments. But this year, the “delegates” at this invitation-only event were also wellness guinea pigs. They may not have been aware of it, but they were the first attendees at a large event to be touched by a process called “purposeful design.”

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The last two months have been challenging for many across the country as a series of tragedies has taken loved ones, destroyed homes and history, and reignited questions about how we treat each other.

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Top Hospitality Event Trends in 2017

From create your own poke bowl stations to event app polls, 2017 was the year we stopped telling people what to do and let them decide for themselves how they wanted to learn, participate and eat. Smart Meetings has been reporting on these changes all year, and following are the trends that stand out to our editors.

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The Cat’s Hat is Delish

Las Vegas loves its aging celebrities. Billboards and LED displays all over The Strip hype shows by stars who you’ll never see on Saturday Night Live anymore but who live on in this desert oasis. Some of them don’t even have a pulse anymore – but are honored nightly by outrageous impersonators in glitter and gowns.

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