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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Sponsors Need You

They do! Your well-planned, well-attended events are an amazing opportunity for companies to be seen by a captive audience. Here are some ideas to get them excited and wanting to be a sponsor! Swag Bag: This is a mainstay at most events, but don’t miss the importance of this opportunity for sponsors. People love bags,[...]

Your Attendees Could Be in a Pickle(ball)

Pickleball is rising in popularity. It’s easy to learn, great for people of all ages and abilities and was created with fun in mind – making it the perfect activity for your attendees. While golf and other sports are still popular, not everyone is interested in such activities. Pickleball, on the other hand, is relatively[...]

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[...]

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[...]

Yay Swag!

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[...]

Meeting Myths – Meeting Myth #3

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[...]

Next Level A/V

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[...]

Happy Non-Blue Year!

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[...]

It’s Beginning to Look Like…

Oh My Nosh!

food trends

Hungry for some new tasty trends? Ready to up your F&B order? Tired of your taste buds tripping over the same ole flavors? Nix the monotonous nosh with these new savors. See Ya Sriracha: The next spice blend to watch for is Harissa which has been showing up in many foods, most notably popcorn. Harissa[...]