Category Archives: Tips & Tools

Contracts and Attrition

Legal Briefs: Contracts and Attrition

First the good news: Meeting planners should anticipate favorable pricing to continue in 2010, according to the Carlson Wagonlit Travel North America 2010 pricing forecast released this fall. But the bad news is that travel expenses will go up, due to increases that are expected in airfares as airlines plan capacity reductions to take place…

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Return on Investment: Sense vs. Cents

There was a time not so long ago when a conference session on ROI probably could have been staged in a boardroom and meeting planners generally thought of it as a complicated accounting formula. How times have changed. The recent recession-generated furor over meetings and conventions was a wake-up call for the industry that pushed…

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Over-Fed Meeting Attendees

During our recent Smart Mart, one of the planners commented that she added up the calories from one day of meetings and found that the daily caloric intake of her attendees was 5,000. (For those of you who missed our Smart Mart, read yesterday’s blog here.) This is more than two times the daily recommended…

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Social Sense

It’s no secret that social networking has exploded in our society as well as in the meetings industry. Practically every hotel releases specials on Facebook and attendees are tweeting about events as they happen. And whether Twitter is here to stay, I can’t answer (although the office 8-ball predicts that it is not likely). The…

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Overheard on LinkedIn this Week

We recently blogged about the first orbiting space hotel, The Galactic Suite Space Resort, expected to, uh, launch in three years, and I’m sure the first question that came to your mind was “how’s the airlift?” Fortunately for all you “space” planners, there should be a number of space flight options available as soon as…

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Certain Schedules

Jenny, I can feel your pain. Setting up specific appointments between attendees can be a frustrating, time-consuming and complicated task. You have to take into consideration the length of appointments, breaks, spreading them out evenly and, god forbid, the dreaded double booking. Luckily there are options now that can make your new program a great…

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Smart Tips for Connecting

?It’s a question most of us have asked ourselves: What makes successful people so, well, successful? It’s tempting to think that those at the top of the ladder know something the rest of us don’t—and at a time when we’re all desperate to hold onto jobs, clients and market shares, the quest for that missing…

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Cruising AND Soaring

We were on the water at noon. The sun came out at one. And the Angels came out at 1:30. It’s Fleet Week in San Francisco, and by no small coincidence our event planner signed us up for a Hornblower Bay cruise Thursday at lunchtime. The boat picked us up not too far from our…

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IT&ME: Innovation in the Air

Last week part of the Smart Meetings crew packed their bags and headed to Chicago for The Motivation Show. As we boarded our Southwest plane at SFO, I was excited for the few days that were to follow; after all, it was my first visit to Chicago and my first full-scale industry trade show. My…

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Anchorage Away

“I did, I did, I did the Iditarod Trail!” This toe-tapping tune may not be in your repertoire, but there isn’t a fourth-grader in Alaska who doesn’t know it by heart. It’s sung (and written) by “Hobo Jim,” the state’s official balladeer, and captures the spirit, history and culture of the 49th state. For me…

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