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Jill Stone

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The Now Foodie

food trends

In-person meetings are happening! And hopefully, they will continue to happen. Of course, where there are people, there is food. Here are some yummy food trends to keep an eye on! Safety: Due to COVID, people are hyper-aware of food safety. Be sure to consult with your venue to understand what protocols they have in[...]

Maximize your Micro-Experiences

Micro-Experiences

Pre-Covid we held some very large events. Some were so huge they would take over an entire city. And though the vaccines are serving as a light at the end of the tunnel, we are still in the time of Covid and must remain mindful of all we do. One thing a planner can do[...]

And Now for 2021

What could this year possibly have in store for us? We did not see 2020 coming and even though it’s over, the ghost of 2020 is still with us. 2020 very much changed how we do almost everything and it’s setting many a trend. And while all of it is a bit dizzying, I think[...]

Be A (Virtual) Hero Part 2: Panel Discussion

Virtual hero event producer

In Part 1, I shared information on how to ensure your virtual event runs smoothly. I provided thoughts on keeping the event short, moving along, providing breaks and involving your audience. In this blog I am going to share how to create a panel discussion as a virtual event. Theme: For a panel event you[...]

Social Distancing: Safe 6

Social Distancing

Remember when we used to shake hands when we met someone? Or perhaps you were a hugger? Remember when a little sneeze got a “Bless you!” Now people either politely step further away or scatter? Ah, the good ole, pre-Covid days. These days if we do meet, we do so at 6 feet apart. In[...]

Canna Curious about Meeting Plannibus?

cannabis

In a previous blog, I shared information about the Sober Curious movement. On the other end of that spectrum is the Canna-Curious. Pot is hot! More states are on the road to legalizing marijuana, and its use is becoming normalized – and as trends tend to go, they are filtering into the meeting space. Have[...]

Give ‘Em a Good Snack

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[...]

And Then the Millennials Grew Up

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[...]

Walk a Conference in Their Shoes

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[...]

Is Your Event Ready for the Sober Curious?

More and more people are drinking less and less. There’s a new trend that is bellying up to the bar as of late. Here is your primer on becoming fluent in the “sober curious” movement. Not drinking: The movement is more about promoting health and wellness. The thought behind is that just because you are[...]