Category Archives: Technology

Can You See Me Now?

Even when you get a few moments of breathing room, it can be a struggle to catch up, writing notes on the back of business cards, keeping track of who you’ve met and who you still need to talk to—not to mention making sure all of the breakout sessions and events are going according to…

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Easy As Pie

If dogs had not been domesticated 15,000 years ago, the BlackBerry would surely be a contender for “Man’s Best Friend.” Emerging on the market in 1999, the BlackBerry is today one of the most popular types of wireless handheld devices, allowing us to take our e-mail and phone on the road wherever there is cellular…

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Way Cool Tools

At a recent MPI Northern California Chapter meeting, the tech guru first asked: “Who uses Google as their search engine?” Nearly all the hands went up. “Who uses Google as their only search engine?” Nearly all the hands went up again. Great, he said, but that’s not the only engine, nor is it necessarily the…

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Real-Time Answers

Thanks to the emergence of new technologies, an opportunity now exists for all companies in today’s business world to operate in real time. This potential is true for a variety of businesses, ranging from financial services companies and advertising agencies to, you guessed it, corporate meeting and event planners. Flash back 10 years ago, and…

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Cyber Sentinels

Now, with the Internet era of online shopping, eBay and even online meeting registration, a generation of techno-pirates is learning how to hack into online databases and steal valuable personal information. From bank account information to credit card and social security numbers, identity theft has become a major problem (at a cost of more than…

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Group Presentation

It’s over an hour into your PowerPoint presentation, and you’re starting to lose them. As you glance back and forth between your notes and the 57th slide projected high above your left shoulder, you see it out of the corner of your eye: a doodler over to the right, a suppressed yawn directly ahead and—the…

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The Wiz

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” bellows the Wizard of Oz, across the cavernous room that is his sanctum sanctorum in the Emerald City. But truth be told, the Wiz had a pretty good thing going there, technology-wise, especially 68 years ago; he could keep his eye on the whole shootin’ match…

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Bean Counting Mastered

I’m the daughter and granddaughter of engineers and yet I can’t do math.  So even with my gene pool going for me, I need lots of help to keep ongoing track of the flutter-flow of money. And so do you, because an event is a living thing; it has a lifespan during which it’s growing,…

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Registration Demystified!

A month into the launch of Certain Registration Version 4.9, we spoke with Dr. Rick Borry about some of the twists and turns along the road to registration serenity. He earned his knowledge by starting Register123 as a separate company in 1998. Today, it’s the basis for Certain Registration that’s used by hundreds of prominent…

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Passkey: From Registration To Reservation, Easily

Meeting professionals have historically been the ones responsible for managing reservations for hotel room blocks. Until recently, they’ve had to work through such inefficient and potentially error-prone means as processing faxes, taking phone calls and logging in mailed reservations, just to gather up the information. And that’s before they’ve passed it on to the hotels,…

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