Category Archives: Tips & Tools

Engaging Speakers

Often, you don’t even need a feedback form from attendees; if you were there, you know the audience’s response. Finding a good speaker who’s right for your event isn’t a simple task. Whether you’re looking for someone to motivate, educate or strictly entertain your group, they’ve got to have that elusive talent that enables them…

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Diary of a FAM

Day 1Planners from around the Bay Area and the Midwest checked into a clutch of new and newly expanded properties: the River Terrace Inn and the Napa River Inn in downtown Napa (the valley’s new hotspot), The Meritage Resort, also in the city of Napa, and Villagio Inn & Spa in Yountville. What better way…

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Tales from the trenches

Recently we asked planners to recount some of their horror stories—every planner has at least one!—and we were amazed to see the kind of potential disasters you deal with every day. Here are a few that may strike a chord with you. (If you’ve got a story to contribute, just e-mail us at editor@smartmeetings.com. We’ll…

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