Webinars that provide CEU credits are a great resource for planners looking to expand their knowledge and further their careers. Smart Meetings regularly offers free webinars that cover a range of valuable topics, from contract negotiation to sourcing strategies. These are a few of our most popular webinars from 2016.

1. Problem Contract Clauses and How to Avoid Them

Some event contract clauses that are popular among planners are actually more trouble than they’re worth, according to contracts expert Lisa Sommer Devlin, JD. This session examined clauses involving renovation, competitors, rate parity and more, to show you how to draft more effective clauses.

2. Key Strategies to Streamline Your Sourcing Process

Site and venue sourcing is one of the most important aspects of planning an event. In this webinar, Smart Meetings 360’s sourcing experts teach you how to narrow down destination options, get the most out of site visits and make your RFPs more desirable to hotels.

3. 2017 Hospitality Trends

Andrew Freeman, President of Andrew Freeman & Co., and a leader in the hospitality industry, shows you what to expect in the coming year, including food and beverage trends, business insights and meeting and event predictions.

4. Improving Contract Negotiation Skills

In her second webinar, Lisa Sommer Devlin, JD, shares valuable tips to help planners and suppliers reach an agreement that is a win-win for both sides. Planners will learn the best way to approach suppliers to get what you need, as well as what mistakes can make negotiations harder.

5. Meetings & Tradeshow Automation

There are countless options for meeting planning software, apps and tools that can make your job easier. The challenge is picking the right one for your specific needs. Meeting tech expert Corbin Ball provides a detailed overview and comparative analysis.