Category Archives: Tips & Tools

Attendees at GCUC 2015.

Cancel the Keynote, Toss the Agenda: Rise of the Unconference

Attendees at the 2015 GCUC (Photo courtesy Liz Elam/GCUC) Though the theater-style seating concept will always be one of the most common ballroom floor plans for keynote speakers and presentations, today’s attendees and hosts are looking for any excuse to get out from behind the podiums and banquet tables and break away from the traditions…

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How to Pack for a Meeting

Every meeting planner knows that packing all of their essentials in one carry-on for a business trip is no easy feat. With airlines’ strict size and weight requirements for luggage, it’s becoming even harder. A few simple…

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MPI Creates Advisory Council for Medical Meeting Professionals

With the healthcare meetings community growing quickly, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has launched an initiative to better support this complex and highly specialized niche. MPI has developed the MPI-MD membership community and advisory council, which is tasked with supporting and promoting medical meeting professionals through an exclusive online member community, private consulting, education, career development programs and other…

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5 Actions to Protect the Planet

Earth Day is a call to action motivating individuals and companies to do what they can to protect and improve the planet. From beach cleanups and tree planting projects to installing green roofs or solar panels, much can be done. Here are five sustainability projects that are making a difference in various communities. Let us know…

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6 Bright Ideas for Greener Meetings

Thanks to amazing new innovations in sustainable technology and processes, it’s now easier than ever to plan green meetings. When it comes to sustainability, a little goes a long way—a few simple changes can make a big difference in your event’s carbon footprint. Here are six green changes you can make for your next event:…

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5 Awesome, Innovative Kickstarter Travel Products

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is known for being the birthplace of groundbreaking products. From virtual reality headsets to smartwatches and mobile gaming consoles, Kickstarter gives inventors the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. For meeting planners and other business travelers, there are many Kickstarter campaigns with unique products designed to simplify every aspect of traveling….

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4 Ways to Relieve the Stress of Business Travel

For meeting planners, business travel is simply a part of the job. These trips often come with great perks—beautiful resorts, exciting activities and opportunities to meet diverse groups of people. But business travel can also be stressful in many ways; jetlag, navigating an unfamiliar city and hectic schedules are just a few of the issues…

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7 Essentials Business Travelers Should Pack

Business trips are an integral part of planners’ lives. Whether you’re jetting off to site inspections, corporate retreats or fam trips, this list will help ensure you’ve packed everything you’ll need. 1. Travel first-aid kit Meeting planners are no strangers to long flights, hectic events and stressful contract negotiations. A portable first-aid kit filled with essentials such…

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How to Switch Off an Irate Attendee

Despite the obnoxious behavior, loud shouting, screeching voices, clenching fists, pointing fingers, red faces and all, most irate attendees have a sad message. Most likely they are trying to tell you that they are feeling hurt, ignored, disrespected, unappreciated and unloved. It’s easy to get flustered or upset when you’re confronted with an angry attendee; and,…

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8 Stressors of International Travel (And How to Cope)

A recent study conducted by Booking.com surveyed 4,555 global business travelers to find out what stresses them out about international travel and how wide reaching these stressors were. Those polled have traveled internationally four times or more in the last year, and the study found that 93 percent of them agreed that international travel overall…

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