Category Archives: Tips & Tools

Risk Management

Preparation is the Key to Risk Management

Risk management is a dedicated preparedness rather than simply a mental exercise, according to Lisa Sommer Devlin, the most recent Smart Meetings webinar host. In her talk, “Risk Management 101,” she outlined strategies for dealing with the risks of the industry, as well as how to actively avoid them. “Your job, when dealing with risk…

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How to Use Tech to Win Social Events

Everyone knows this scenario. You attend a social event and serendipitously make a genuine business connection with someone. You can envision working together on an exciting project. After several minutes, you move on, only to realize too late that no form of contact was ever exchanged. This mistake is common, but not inevitable. Thanks to…

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Insider Tips for Planners Bringing a Meeting to St. Louis

St. Louis has undergone an incredible transformation in the last few years, including a $380 million renovation and revitalization to the Gateway Arch grounds. The downtown area has truly become a world-class destination that is more convenient and accessible than ever before. In addition to the Gateway Arch renovation, the city boasts endless opportunities for…

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How to Vet Limo Companies

Meeting coordinators and convention and visitors bureau representatives often enlist the services of limo companies to assist in transporting visitors to and from the airport and between activities on the itinerary. The fatal crash that tragically killed 20 people (driver, 17 passengers and two pedestrians) earlier this month in Upstate New York presents an opportune…

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6 Ways to Drive Success with ROI Technology

A recent Harvard Business Review study found the vast majority of companies (90 percent) prioritize events. For more than half of them, in fact, events are the most valuable marketing channel. Despite the enthusiasm, companies may be missing out on the competitive advantage events offer, warned the report, titled “The Event Marketing Evolution: An Era…

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Packing Light

6 Tips to Packing Your Bags for Lightweight Travel

Packing bags simply and efficiently is one of the major challenges for planners, and it is becoming more of a necessity as airlines continue to increase prices for checking bags. Last month, Delta became the latest airline to raise the price of checking a bag, joining Jet Blue, United, and multiple Canadian airlines. There are…

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