In this issue

Are you ready for the meeting of tomorrow? In our "Meetings.2029" feature, we asked a dozen visionaries, including Montreal's C2, what events will look like in a decade.

Our January issue is packed with the information you need to know: accessible meetings, boosting your EQ, planning a legislative day and ways to find freelancing bliss, alongside so much more! Don't miss beautiful destinations like the gorgeous islands of Hawaii and Maui, historic Connecticut and Rhode Island, expansive Australia — and don't forget our California meetings road trip supplement!

Smart Meetings is an event planning publication covering meetings, industry news, including expert opinions and interviews, topical articles, coverage of destinations and venues in the U.S and worldwide, and features stories on incentive, corporate, government and association meetings.

Win the Local Game with an Action-Packed Backdrop

Taking your group to a sports venue no longer is merely a hot dog and plastic chairs experience. Today’s high-tech venues are often fueled with gourmet, healthy food options and Insta-worthy meeting spaces. Plus, they feature a built-in connection to the team and community that guests feel the minute they arrive.

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Mountain Resorts Shred New Heights for Meetings

Your next stay at a mountain resort may change your attitude about meeting at altitude, with chic, modern hotels and perks such as bike valets and digital assistants.

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Journey to the Meeting of Tomorrow

When C2 Montreal attendees buckle up for a breakout session 30 feet in the air, it is not a stunt. It is based on experiments that show how changing physical perspective—in this case, hanging from the ceiling in a Sky Lab—can change mental points of view.

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Meetings.2029: Envisioning Gatherings of the Future... Today

Are the meetings you are planning today different from the agendas you printed out five or 10 years ago? How much different will they be in another 10 years? If technology changes everything, will those innovations result in more productive engagements? Will meeting rooms look substantially different—or will we just see subtle changes in the color of the carpet and arrangement of chairs in the ballrooms? Will millennials demand new ways of delivering content, or will they eventually learn to sit in their seats and pay attention for longer than eight minutes?

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Q&A with CWT's Beau Ballin on 2019 Predictions

We spoke to Senior Director of Business Development Beau Ballin from Carlson Wagonlit Travel Meetings and Events about his predictions going into 2019.

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Start Off 2019 Right with Your January Smart Style

The holidays may be over, but that means a new year begins! Check out these gift ideas for attendees, birthdays, or get a head start on Mother's Day!

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The Right Way to Plan a Legislative Day

Many associations work all year planning massive legislative days that bring members together to advocate for their issues. Roger Rickard, founder of Voices in Advocacy consulting, says far too many organizations don’t do a good-enough job telling their stories. Here are his tips for speaking up for your group.

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Planners Urged to Step Up Disaster Preparedness

Planners can face the ever-increasing number of disaster-related liability issues by staying close with venue partners, local officials and attendees.

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Turn the Page: Books Industry Professionals Love Most

Reading offers more than conversation topics for the next cocktail party. From improved cognition to greater emotional intelligence and—according to a Yale study—even living longer, books are the key to great advances. Here are a few recommendations from industry readers to start in the new year.

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5 Ways to Find Freedom in Freelancing

This month, we launch a monthly career column to offer insight into trends and tips meeting professionals can apply to their careers. First up, freelancing.

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What Experts Look for When They Walk in a Hotel Room

We all want clean bathrooms and comfortable beds, but attendee expectations are ratcheting up and beyond. So, we asked the professionals.

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Land a Second ‘Date’ During One-on-Ones

Not every speed-dating scenario is about finding a true-love connection. The same concept works for forging business relationships.

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Harness the Kardashian Effect to Market Your Event

Wanna harness some celebrity juice for your event? The key, according to experts, is to focus on micro-influencers to reach the right audience.

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Case Study: Mitigating Risky Business for the BPAMA Expo

All planners take the job of protecting attendees seriously. However, some industries put more emphasis on risk management than others. Smart Meetings interrogated Joanne Orlando, account manager at Total Event Resources, about tips for making safety and fail-safe execution centerpieces of an annual event.

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Planners Urged to Step Up Disaster Preparedness

Meeting planners face an ever-increasing number of liability issues due to disasters, such as fires, floods, hurricanes and even acts of terrorism, and need to effectively manage them by establishing solid relationships with venue partners, local officials and attendees.

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January Power Player: Karen Kotowski, CEO of Events Industry Council

After 10 years of service to the meetings industry, Karen Kotowski resigned on Friday. Smart Meetings talked to her about her time with EIC.

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Fake Chews: Meatless Burgers On the Menu

California companies Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have changed the burger game. And both faux-meats are appearing on hotel menus globally.

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Travel Improves for Those with Disabilities Through Technology

Whether you’re planning an event in which guests have disabilities or fall into this category yourself, it’s important to select accommodating facilities.

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This January, Resolve to Boost Your EQ

As we begin the new year with resolutions for self-improvement, why not put boosting your EQ on the list? MPI Academy offers courses that help planners...

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