Category Archives: Planner

How to Throw the Best Goodbye Bash

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, a repeated event comes to an end. Whether it’s due to a lack of attendance, budget cuts or unforeseen circumstances, a company or other sponsor may decide that the next event will be the last. Naturally, as an event planner, you’ll want to make this final curtain call unforgettable. Here’s how.

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Creative Ways to Negotiate Resort Fees

As the sky has become the limit when it comes to hotel amenities—think professional sports team-level gyms and gourmet wine and cheese tasting in the lobby—more properties are adding resort and, now, urban fees to their bills at checkout. But those charges, which are often listed as redeemable for drinks in the bar, dry cleaning, Wi-Fi or faxing, are not set in stone. Some planners are finding that proactively addressing these charges up front can save them, and their guests, from surprises later.

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How to Negotiate Like an Event Boss

As expectations for extravagant meetings balloon and budgets shrink, event professionals need to wring every drop of value they can out of their resources. One of the biggest expenses is always venue, so we asked the experts for their secrets to make every penny count when partnering with properties. No surprise, just about everything is open to negotiation if you know how to ask.

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Tips, Tricks and Tools We Love

Event professionals have long had to fill a company directory of job titles, from CMO and CFO to CGP (chief garbage picker-upper) and occasionally, therapist. But today’s planner is almost always also required to also grasp the role of technology for improving meetings. We asked 55 veteran planners about the high- and low-tech tools that allow them to continue to love their jobs while delivering memorable experiences. The answers ranged from deeply technical and insightful to experimental and desperate. Hopefully these responses will inspire you to try a new trick or add a tool to your belt.

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Show Some Planner Love with a Gift Box

What’s the best way to elevate a gift basket? Put it in a box. Many CVB’s have caught onto this compact and convenient way to send local goods to their favorite planners. Still, packaging a neat collection isn’t enough. Planners are spoiled with gifts, so you need to include something memorable.

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The Ultimate Road to CMP

The CMP is met with global recognition for excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition and event industry.

Although we can’t assure you that the road will be easy, in fact we predict a few bumps along the way, we’re confident that you can handle it. Here’s a map of what to expect.

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Are You Vetting Your Speakers for Inappropriate Actions?

One of the oldest tricks in the event professional’s bag is booking a big-name speaker to get people in the seats. A little star power can be a powerful motivator for selling tickets or convincing people to stay until the last day of a conference. But they can bring baggage to the stage as well—in…

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