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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Achieve Coldplay Sustainability for Events and Conferences

Eco Friendly Meetings

Sustainability

Last month, the band Coldplay posted an emissions update concerning their Music of Spheres tour, which has so far produced 47% less C02e emissions than their previous stadium tour in 2016-17. The update also shares that: 66% of all tour waste has been diverted from landfills. 5 million trees planted – one for each concert… Read more

Meeting Planner Barbie

Fun Meeting Planning Experience

Barbie, the iconic fashion doll created by Mattel, lives in a glamorous world of fashion, dream houses, and adventures. However, there’s more to Barbie than just being a fashionista. Over the years she has been a baker, dancer, fashion designer, musician, photojournalist, entrepreneur, farmer, teacher, doctor, dentist, paratrooper, president, astronaut, architect, baseball player and more… Read more

Enhancing Productivity and Well-being for Attendees

Attendee Experience

Incorporating wellness into our daily lives has become increasingly important. Forward-thinking organizations are recognizing the significance of designing wellness into their agendas. Prioritize attendee and staff well-being by creating a supportive environment to boost productivity and foster a positive experience. Mindfulness and Mental Well-being: Incorporate short meditation or breathing exercises at the beginning of meetings… Read more

Let Us Carry-On, Shall We?

Travel and Hospitality

Carry-on

Airlines are implementing stricter baggage regulations, and if a carry-on is your choice for travel, it’s crucial to choose one that meets both size requirements and your personal needs. Let’s explore the key factors to consider when selecting the perfect carry-on luggage to ensure a hassle-free journey. One Size Does Not Fit All: Each airline… Read more

For Aspiring Event Professionals

Event Planning Advice

Yay you for choosing to become an event professional. Many of us have found it to be an exciting and rewarding career choice. To help newbies navigate the industry and set themselves up for success, here is some expert advice from me. I just happen to be what you may call a seasoned event professional… Read more

Now Hiring Taxi Pilots

Technology

Scheduling a flight to get to a meeting may take on a whole new meaning – enter flying taxis! Flying taxis represent an up and coming mode of transportation that is rapidly gaining attention. These small aircrafts are electric-powered, have vertical takeoff and landing abilities and are designed to carry passengers across congested urban areas… Read more

Post-Event Duties

Event Planning Advice

Post-event duties

After a conference, the attendees pack their bags and go home – excited and inspired! Meeting managers take a few minutes to high-five their team and then, well, they have a lot more work to do. Here is your After-Event-Wrap-Up List. Feedback: Collecting feedback from attendees helps the team determine what worked, didn’t work, needs… Read more

AI for Meeting Planners

Technology

AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to be popping up everywhere and in every industry, and event planning is no exception. Here are some ways that planners can use AI to streamline their processes and enhance their events and provide attendees with an ideal experience. Personalized Recommendations Meeting planners can use AI to analyze attendee data to… Read more

Movie Night!

Fun

Movie Night

Planners have a backstage pass to their events. Backstage is a whirlwind where fires are put out, immediate challenges are addressed and well, the stories we have to tell. From the front of the house the event looks great, the behind the scenes are usually not revealed to the audience. For those who do not… Read more

Experiential Dining is on Trend

Attendee Experience

Experiential Dining

Been there, done that – that’s a valid thought. Many have experienced table side knife-wielding, shrimp juggling, stir fry. Also, places like Rainforest Café for a bit of thunder, lightning and ape escapes. These experiences still exist, but their novelty may have worn off a bit. It’s now time for some updated experiential dining trends… Read more