We love fresh starts at Smart Meetings. January is the time of calendars filled with possibilities, enthusiastic intentions and forward-looking perspectives. The team has been busy rethinking the best way to curate the inspirational, innovative and empowering nuggets of wisdom that could pave the way to a bright, shiny meetings career for you and more transformational moments for your attendees. The January magazine is the first peek at a reimagined Smart Meetings print issue designed with your needs front and center. It is big on showing and gets right to the point so you can identify the innovations that will make your life easier and more elegant. We start with quick flashes of brilliance to inspire you, move on to the tools you need now and then dive into our feature stories.

How did we know that a focus on contract tips, ways to use AI for events and a discussion about work-life balance with a seasoned and a new meetings prof were just what you needed to kick off 2024? We asked you. A focus group of working event producers along with responses to our survey helped shape everything you see this year, including a new Knowledge Exchange: webinars reinvented, our elevated Extraordinary Experiences and a fun quiz to establish your credentials as a super-Smartie.

Still delivering for you is our acclaimed What One Thing? podcast you are going to want to binge before the month is over. And we are gearing up for the biggest celebration of leaders of the year, the ninth annual Smart Woman Summit.

We are wrapping these gifts to you in a new tagline we think captures the inclusive, essential role we would like to play in your personal and professional life: “You belong here.” Our commitment to you is that we will bring you innovative ideas, authentic connections and elevated experiences all year long. Your time is valuable and we pledge to help you easily find the clarity wisdom brings so you can thrive in the most exhilarating business on the planet. You belong here.

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JT Long, Smart Meetings Vice President and Content Director

In admiration,

JT Long

Vice President and Content Director

Smart Meetings