Category Archives: Tips & Tools

The Better Cheddar

Last week, I went to Madison, Wis., but I wasn’t there for the cheese. Instead, I traveled for what those in the industry call a “press check,” which involves looking at the magazine with a microscope as it comes through the printing press. First, I went on a tour, which allowed me to see, and…

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Innovation: The Way for San Jose

It’s no big surprise that in San Jose, the capital of tech-mecca Silicon Valley, innovation reigns. What is surprising is the many forms that innovation takes. For planners, the most intriguing result of the city’s outside-the-box mentality is its groundbreaking visitors bureau. Not really a visitors bureau at all, Team San Jose is a full-fledged…

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10 Tips to Communicate Effectively

As they say, a first impression is everything. In this day and age, that comes in many forms: an e-mail, voicemail, a wall post, an online “poke”…and the list goes on. Needless to say, communicating effectively is extremely important, maybe now more than ever. Although you may not be able to completely shift the way…

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Ship Happens

A few years ago, Candy Adams, CTSM, CMP, CMM, a trade show consultant in Defiance, Ohio, was flipping through a magazine when she saw an ad for a shipping company. Above an image of a truck were the words “Contents: One trade show manager’s career.” Adams says the tagline rang all too true. After all,…

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The Binder Bind

To go digital or not to go digital? For new meeting planners getting their binders prepped, that is often the question. Traditionalists advocate for old-fashioned paper copies of contracts, registration information, agendas and other event essentials. Progressives counter that the time has come for information to be stored on mobile platforms, which provide more flexibility…

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A Day Trip to Wine Country

Who says Wednesdays at work can’t be fun? Yesterday, I spent the day scouting the meetings scene in beautiful Sonoma and Napa wine country, and even a sudden heat wave and my coworker’s too-fast-it-was-scary driving couldn’t keep it from being a lovely trip. Not only was I able to see nearly 10 of the region’s…

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Mr. Smart E. Pants August 2010

Dear Mr. Smart E. Pants, Because I plan events all over the country, I don’t spend much time in the office with my employees. What are some tips on how to collaborate remotely with them to ensure tasks still get done in a timely manner? Thanks, Brett Faber Philadelphia, PA Dear Brett, In our office,…

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Get the Job

Even in a down market, job seekers and employees are not powerless or without recourse. In fact, you have more control over your career circumstances than you might think. Following are 20 specific strategies and tactics I’ve developed over the years that consistently generate powerful results for job seekers, even when it seems like no…

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Just About Everything You Need to Know

As a student, the ins and outs of a business meeting seem remarkably similar to a seminar class. A group sits around the table, each vying to contribute clever quips in an attempt to appear competent and worthy. Bringing a slice of pizza along is considered faux pas, and comments from the bearded guy with…

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