Category Archives: Tips & Tools

Black & White…Or Gray?

Ethics isn’t a topic we often discuss, so for this month’s Smart Planner column we drew on a panel discussion focusing on “Ethics in Today’s Meeting Industry,” held at a MEETnow! MPI regional conference. As part of his introduction, moderator Rick Weaver, said “Oftentimes when considering the concept of ethics and the role that it…

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Laugh it Up

What do you get when you cross a Yale graduate with a Ringling Bros. clown? Success. Okay, so it’s not really a joke. The outcome in this case actually goes by the name Susan Landay, owner of Trainers Warehouse (trainerswarehouse.com), a business that offers hundreds of innovative products to help trainers and presenters engage their…

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Presentations Done Right

Everyone’s been there—and maybe done that: standing in front of the room, facing your PowerPoint slides, reading all the words with your back to the audience. Ooops! According to presentation expert Nancy Duarte, president and CEO of Duarte Design, that’s not only a snorer, but you’re also disengaging with your audience. “You have to look…

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Planning Green—A How-To

How? By doing business that consciously includes energy conservation, minimizing consumption of natural resources, reducing waste, reusing resources, recycling and using earth-friendly products. Although these all are not mainstream today, they will be mandate before we know it. Times are evolving rapidly in that direction, and the more an event planner requests and ultimately contracts…

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What’s in your binder?

These days I compile the binder electronically until I’m ready to go on-site (it’s my little way of going green and saving paper). Each version of any document is kept, numbered and dated in this electronic file. Then, when I’m about to leave for the meeting, I print out the final version of all the…

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7 Rules for Innovative Conferences

So, how do you as a meeting planner make your conference more effective? Well, how exactly do you define effective? “Effective means finding new ideas and acting on them after the conference; anything short of that isn’t a good conference,” he says. But, in designing more engaging conferences, their structure is only one half of…

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Gotta Have It: CD-Burning Digital Recorder

Smart Buy: Isn’t it time you gave your fingers a break? Meetings are all about absorbing information, but sometimes attendees can’t quite make their pens or keyboards move as quickly as they would like. Enter the digital recorder, which conveniently takes down the entire meeting for you to review later, at your leisure. A nifty…

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Legal Briefs: Negotiate with Confidence

Most people engage in the art of negotiation at work on a regular basis, but don’t even realize it. After all, it’s not only the black-and-white moments that bring negotiating skills to the table—asking for a pay raise or redefining your job responsibilities, for example—it’s also every time you need to work out a solution…

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Using Our Senses

Many conferences involve a theme, reinforced through a logo, events and speakers to create an overall feel and value throughout the convention. Why not further reinforce your meeting content and mood by enveloping attendees in planned sequences of memorable moments that involve sensory combinations of smells, tastes, sounds, sights and even touchable experiences? Few meetings…

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Certified Success

CMP—Certified Meeting Professional Coordinated by the Convention Industry Council, CMP is the foremost certification within the meeting, convention and exhibition industry. The requirements are based on professional experience and a written examination. conventionindustry.org CMM—Global Certification in Meeting ManagementOffered by Meeting Professionals Inter-national, candidates go through a four-step process—pre-residency, five-day residency, examination and post-residency. A minimum…

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