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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Give ‘Em a Good Snack

Attendee Experience Event Planning Advice

snack

Snacks are big part of meetings, but sometimes the snacks are not exactly portable. Portability is important. Attendees may be carrying items received from other attendees, meeting notes and various items gathered at breakout sessions. Here are some ways to ensure that your snack offerings are truly pick-up-and-go: Trail Mix: Trail mix is a great… Read more

And Then the Millennials Grew Up

Attendee Experience

millennials

We think we know everything about the Millennials, but in case you still have an image in your head of young 20-somethings, realize that they are getting married, having babies, buying homes and attending your meetings. The Millennials are a big group, there are 75 million of them and they make up nearly a quarter… Read more

Walk a Conference in Their Shoes

Attendee Experience

It’s one thing to plan a meeting, but a whole other to experience it. A recent article from MeetingsNet really struck me. The article called for meeting planners to take some time to walk in their attendees’ shoes; or as they called it, to perform a “sensory exposure audit.” The idea is to walk the… Read more

Genie Wanted

Travel and Hospitality

If you were to find a lamp and that lamp just happened to contain a genie and that genie offered you three wishes, what would your three wishes be? With the new Aladdin movie hitting the screens, we will inevitably find ourselves pondering this question. People may wish to wish for a billion dollars, a… Read more

Yay Swag!

Event Planning Advice

When attendees score your swag, you want them to hold onto it – you want it to make them say, “Yay!” And there is some really cool new swag showing up on the scene. Let’s take a look at some to-be-logo-ed items for your next show. Bottle It: Water bottles are still hot! Well, and… Read more

Is Your Desk Picturesque?

Creativity Fun

Are you sitting down? At your desk? How’s the view? And, what does it say about you? Do you feel your desk represents you – this could be a scary question (piles of paper, coffee stains, etc) or one of pride (you actually know the color of the surface of your desk). I must admit… Read more

Are You an Easter Bunny?

Fun

easter bunny meeting planner

Easter Bunnies and Meeting Planners have a lot in common it turns out. In the spirit of he who shall soon be hopping down the bunny trail bringing along much-needed chocolates and fabulously colored eggs, I’d like to share how eggs-ellent you are, Meeting Planner. To Tell the Tooth: Bunnies teeth never stop growing, though… Read more

Myth Time Is Up

Site Selection

I have been debunking meeting myths over the past couple of months. This series of blogs all started with a podcast. The host of the show is Mich Hancock, I’ve known Mich for many years; we met when she was in the meeting planning business. She is now the CEO of 100th Monkey, a social… Read more

Meeting Myths – Surprises 4 You!

Site Selection

Meeting Myths

Over the past three blogs, I have shared with you some myths about my services. Okay, enough with the myths. In this blog, I want to share with you some pleasant surprises you can expect when working with your favorite Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother, ie Jill Stone. First, you don’t even need to know where… Read more