In this issue

In Smart Meetings' July issue, we tackle getting your seat at the big table and knowing your worth! This issue is jam-packed with must-know information about keynote speakers, reimagining hotel form and functions, all-inclusive answers to planner incentive questions and so much more!

We also explore the beer-flowing Colorado, the fresh air of Maryland, the vibrant future of Boise and so many fun destinations in this issue. Don't miss how to fly well, how to do networking in a unique way, the latest in technology news and more.

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.

Rewarding Trends in Incentive Travel

To misquote the old adage about the factors influencing the value of real estate, the top considerations for choosing a destination for a reward trip continue to be appeal, safety and value. A recent study found that event professionals are planning more travel incentive trips than ever, but are stressed by the challenge of rising costs, concerns about security and pressure to prove return on investment.

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Keynote Care and Maintenance: Practical Tips from Speakers

An important part of a conference organizer’s responsibilities is hiring or recommending speakers for the events they manage. Whether it’s a keynote address, workshop, breakout session or another forum, selecting speakers who match best with the profile and needs of the audience is a critical task.

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Get Ready for a Strategic Shift

Imagine an event professional. We will call her Jane. She has been in the meetings industry for more than a decade. She has a “favorites” phone list of suppliers who can make anything happen. Miniature baked Alaska for 1,000—check. Lighting that turns a ballroom into an electric daisy carnival—got it. Need a replacement for an AWOL speaker—Tony Robbins might be free this afternoon. Surveys give her events high marks. But she feels stuck.

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Be Contagious in a Good Way With Nonverbal Cues

The job of an event professional is to spread ideas. This is true whether you are on stage, talking to attendees, or working with a team to execute a program or one-on-one with a friend. The easiest way to communicate your message may not be to say it, but to show it.

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Sustainability Efforts Lauded But More Collaboration Urged

 Progress was praised, but the need for more collaboration and immediate action was emphasized throughout a sustainability certificate program at Detroit’s Cobo Center last month.

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Secrets of a Productive Mentorship Program

For all its benefits, pairing people up to share experiences and education is not a silver bullet for success and some relationships work better than others. Smart Meetings reached out to experts to narrow down the dos and don’ts of mentor-mentee-etiquette.

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9 Tricks to Steal from XDP

Attendees returning from ASAE’s Experience Design Project (XDP) at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland brought with them lots of ideas for leveraging the power of play and personalization in creating agendas.

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Lip Smacking Tours Expands Networking Possibilities

 After a long board meeting, nothing brings people together like breaking artisan French bread at an upscale brasserie. In the last four years, thousands of visitors to Las Vegas have been escorted to reserved tables at top restaurants on and off The Strip for VIP experiences that take all the work out of fine dining by serving groups preset meals and tidbits of information about venues.

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Dive Into Your July Smart Style

This July, we are focusing on self-care with products that keep you and your environment fresh, focused and fun. Say hello to your best self.

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Apple’s New “Sign in with Apple” Could Disrupt Meetings Industry

By linking all these third-party apps to social media platforms, developers are cashing in on how much data is attached to your online persona, following you around the web—and in your pocket. Here's more about Apple's new privacy feature to prevent that.

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