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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Feeling Blue? Or are you feeling Yellow?

Travel and Hospitality

If there is one thing Meeting Professionals love and adore, it’s fresh and innovative ideas! In my own hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, a new hotel recently opened and get this – you can choose your own hotel room according to color. The hotel is called Angad Arts Hotel, and there’s a big reason why… Read More

My Acceptance Speech

Fun

When those Hollywood celebrities and other stars of the stage accept their awards, they have most likely made a list of the people they want to thank. No one succeeds without support. There are valuable people in our worlds that deserve thanks, especially this time of year, when #thanks, #thanking, #thankful and #thanksgiving start to… Read More

True Quiet Positivity

Travel and Hospitality

True quiet positivity2

The holiday season has officially begun! It’s the time of year we are supposed to be happy, right? But maybe happy is a bit much, how about we go for something along the lines of true quiet positivity. Like the sound of that? Don’t overthink what you are about to read, just read and let’s… Read More

Shake Your BOO-ty

Fun Travel and Hospitality

October 31 is looming. It’s the time of year our worlds go black – and orange. We willingly (some of you, anyway) go out of our way to experience scary places, haunted houses and slasher films. Some cities take Halloween a bit more serious than others. If you are willing to travel, here are some… Read More

How to Improve your Text Life

Technology

text

Phone calls have been replaced by emails and emails have been replaced by texts, which is all good, except when not used well. Here are some ways that you can improve your text life. Identify yourself. If you are texting someone for the first time, they may not yet have your contact information in their… Read More

Fly Wi-Fi

Technology

Fly Wi-Fi

Good day meeting planner! What exotic location will you be off to soon? Bali, Hawaii, Cincinnati? If you plan on working while flying, the inflight Wi-Fi is a must. Here are some hints for making work in your favor: Purchase Pass-time: Plan on purchasing your Wi-Fi pass at time of ticket purchase to save a… Read More

Oh My Nosh!

Event Planning Advice

food trends

Hungry for some new tasty trends? Ready to up your F&B order? Tired of your taste buds tripping over the same ole flavors? Nix the monotonous nosh with these new savors. See Ya Sriracha: The next spice blend to watch for is Harissa which has been showing up in many foods, most notably popcorn. Harissa… Read More

Facing Your Workday with More Energy

Uncategorized

energy

According to this video, there are 11 stages to our workday (and this video is pretty darn funny because, well, babies!). My guess is that anyone who watches this video will relate to the stages shared. The video also made me think about how meeting planning is a sprint and a marathon. We’re expected to… Read More

Sufficiently Supplied

Event Planning Advice

supplies

It’s August and as the summer winds down, school and all the supplies that go with it, wind up! If anyone knows about supplies, it’s the meeting planner. We need our supplies no matter the time of year. If there is a meeting in the area, you can bet there is a well-supplied meeting planner… Read More

Deadline!

Event Planning Advice

Deadline

We all know what a deadline is and we all know what it feels like when it’s looming! Deadline is not the most pleasant of words; it includes the word “dead,” not usually associated with something joyful and “line,” and who wants to stand in one of those? Perhaps even more disconcerting is its historical… Read More