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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

I See Food and Drink in Your Future

food and drink

As we wave goodbye to 2016, and say hello to 2017, we turn our eyes to our stomachs. For what kind of meeting planner would we be if we did not feed our attendees, and feed them well, and also introduce them to the cool new food trends of now. Here are some items and[...]

How to Speak Attendee

attendee

I may not know another language, but after over 20 years of participating in some way, shape or form in the meeting planning space, I have learned how to speak attendee. Today I thought I’d share with you translations of your what your attendees may actually be saying. This event was better than I thought[...]

Go Global Part 2

global

Last week I shared with you a place to start for making your meeting go global. Here are a few more bits of information you will need to know. Visas: Do your people need a Visa to travel abroad? Do your attendees need a Visa to travel here? This information must be researched and clearly[...]

Give Me Something I Can Use

give

The name of the game for giveaways, especially if you want the recipient to hang onto it and remember you fondly, is to give them something that they will actually use. Here is a list of some the cool giveaways to share at your next event. Sticky Smart Wallet: Mini sticky wallets that adhere to[...]

Attendees Will Rave About Your Conferences

ATTENDEES

Recently I shared some ideas to keep those attendees awake at your meetings. And none of those suggestions include yelling anything like, “Wake up, people!” Instead, I talked of more graceful ways of keeping them engaged and alert. One of my suggestions was to offer various ways to deliver educational opportunities, which are outside of[...]

Keep Attendees Awake

attendees awake

Recently, I came across a blog from Successful Meetings titled “How to Resuscitate a Tired Association Education Program.” The article shares that though association education programs are highly important, the programs are failing due to attendees’ shortened attention spans. Chris Ballman, Senior Director of Education at SmithBucklin is quoted as saying: “Recent studies show that[...]

Is Your Attendees’ Data Being Compromised?

data

As meeting planners, it is our responsibility to ensure a safe environment, to the best of our ability, for our attendees. This comes into play when choosing the location of the meeting, the hotel, the choice of transportation, and now, another area of concern is data. Your attendees are physically present at your meeting, but[...]

Can you Feel the Love at YOUR meeting?

meeting

In just a few days we celebrate Valentine’s Day. There will be wine, flowers and heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates for some. Kids will pass out Valentine’s Day cards to classmates and hold sugar laden school parties. Others may go out for a night on the town with friends and celebrate single-ness. Meeting planners[...]

Flipped Learning is the Cat’s Meow

Flipped Learning

According to FlippedLearning.org, Flipped Learning is defined as a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.[...]

All the Other Events

As a meeting planner, can you enjoy the events of others? You don’t want to be hypercritical, but at the same time you cannot help but think, “What were they thinking?” And though they probably should have asked for your advice, you are also sort of happy that they did not ask for your advice.[...]