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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Meeting Myths – Meeting Myth #3

Event Planning Advice Site Selection

Meeting Myths

I had once heard an informal statistic that 40% of a meeting planner’s time is spent in the site selection process. In all reality, meeting planners do not need a statistic to understand how much time is spent on this particular area. It takes a lot of time to find the venue to meet all… Read more

Meeting Myths – Myth Number 2

Site Selection

Meeting Myths

Last blog I shared with you how I will not be taking over your job. My job truly is to enhance what you do, not take it over. Another myth hanging out there about site selection services is that it will cost more in the long run. Actually, it will cost less. Yes, we are… Read more

Meeting Myths – Myth Number 1

Meeting Planning Services Site Selection

Meeting Myths

Some myths seem to live on for quite a long time, despite the fact that they are not true. For example, despite what you have heard, dogs mouths are not cleaner than humans mouths, listening to Mozart will not make you smarter and you do need 10,000 steps a day (though you should definitely not… Read more

Next Level A/V

Event Planning Advice Technology

Get ready to wow your audiences with all the new A/V goodies hitting the scene in 2019. A bit of light can go a long way! And don’t forget to add in a dose of hologram and AI. Learn more here! Go for Gobo: A gobo is a stencil or template that is placed inside… Read more

Happy Non-Blue Year!

Event Planning Advice Meeting Planning Services

And we’re off to another year filled with more fun . . . and more challenges. One of the top challenges coming up in 2019 is record-high hotel occupancies across the country. This trend will affect some areas a bit more than others, but in a majority of cities, transient and group demand is up… Read more

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