In This Issue

In Smart Meetings‘ September issue, we celebrate the 2019 Planners of the Year! We’re so proud of this esteemed group of meeting professionals—the crème de la crème in the industry. We also delve into mastering your career with advanced education classes and explore beautiful, small meetings like executive retreats, which pack a huge punch in a small package.

We also explore the golden age of art in Nevada, the treasure trove of attractions in Pennsylvania, Tucson’s paradise for outdoor lovers, and so much more. This issue of Smart Meetings is packed with sponsorship strategies, what to do with event data, maximizing your Topgolf team-building, and lots 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.


How to Move the Needle at Every Small Meeting

Whether it’s an executive retreat, seminar or any other small meeting, these tips can help your events make the world move, even if it’s an intimate group.

Higher Education: Master Your Career

Two new executive MBA-style programs are launching this fall on opposite sides of the country to help midcareer event professionals fill critical gaps.

2019 Planners of the Year

Event professionals working at the highest levels have often taken a circuitous route to their exalted positions. When we put out the call for nominations for 2019 Planner of the…

In Every Issue

8 Essentials for a Killer Sponsorship Strategy

Planners work long hours sourcing the perfect venue, agendas and AV setup—but sponsors keep the lights on. Here is how to nail partnerships.

What Kind of Planner are You?

Just like people, planner teams have personalities. Better lead your team by learning the personality types and managing expectations.

Over-the-Top Team Building

Since Topgolf—a tech-enabled driving range, paired with meeting space and fun F&B—now has 55 venues, you can find a location near your meeting space.

Q&A: Stimulating Environments Energize Meetings

Today’s savvy planners understand the expense of creating stimulating settings for their events. Some hotels make it easy. Like this one.

To Your Health: The Case for Organic Wines

 Is there poison in your glass? Now that I’ve got your attention, let me rephrase that. If you, like so many of us, want to know where your food comes…

Event Marketers: Are You Drowning in Data?

 You’ve set up your data collection points, your attendees have completed surveys and now, in your hands, is what is arguably the most valuable asset to understanding your attendees. What…

Instagram Spotlight: Mindful Inspiration

Every day, CEO Marin Bright shares her favorite things on Smart Meetings’ Instagram page as a part of her mission to inspire brilliant experiences for #MeetingProfs worldwide.

Case Study: Inspiring Activists

How can a nonprofit, nonpartisan group focused on bringing 1,800 people together from across the country pull off a win with a skeleton staff?

Save the Planet with Your September Smart Style

This month, we’re making September sustainable for the planet and your attendees with gifts that keep giving in the office and at your events.

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