Category Archives: Technology

Care to Tungle?

Simply finding a time slot to hold the meeting, however, can be quite an exercise, especially if you are playing mediator to everyone’s diverse scheduling conflicts. When it’s the big annual retreat you’re planning for next year, no problem—most attendees won’t have set schedules that far in advance. But when it comes to the smaller,…

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The End Of E-Mail

What do you see—bad haircuts, fax machines and constantly ringing telephones? Well, difficult as it is to imagine that anyone ever got any work done without this universal communication tool, it might be even harder to picture a future without e-mail.“E-mail is dead,” boldly states Richard Laermer, a regular speaker at planner events like MPI…

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In Your Dreams

Maybe it’s a nightmare, and you can’t even find the light switch in time. Or the event could be a breeze, and you’re mentally swapping out various flower arrangements to go with the tablecloths. With the latter scenario in mind, a new “virtual meeting planning” program initiated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Mexico seeks…

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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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