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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Drive Time

Due to the rising cost of airfare, more and more attendees are driving in to their meeting destinations. As a result, meeting managers are now considering more drivable cities like Raleigh, Lincoln, Boise and more. If your attendees are planning to road trip their way to your next conference, send along some App-ealing ideas to[...]

A Trip to the Museum

Museums hold incredible works of art, but they are also ideal for holding an incredible off-site event. Museums are in and of themselves a big part of attracting people to an event. They are aesthetically pleasing, offer interesting spaces and they tend to embody the vibe of a gala, reception, awards show and more.  Here[...]

Get the Conversation Started

In person meetings are making a comeback. As many people are “getting back out there,” there is some trepidation; people are feeling less confident about the social interactions to come. Help your attendees get the conversation started with these effective and fun ideas! Q&A: By beginning a conversation with a surprising question, things are sure to[...]

Save Money on Meetings

save money

Keeping an eye on the budget and spending wisely is a consistent concern for meeting managers. As gas prices rise and affect air travel costs, as the world continues to open creating demand for meeting space, and the myriad of other changes going on at this time, budgets are a top of mind subject. Here[...]

The Panel Primer

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A panel discussion for your event is a great way to bring together a group of industry experts to share their knowledge and guidance, while also allowing your audience to participate with questions and comments. Panels are a relatively easy addition to your event, but they can do require a bit of planning. Here are[...]

420

420

Happy April 20th, otherwise known as 4/20, or 420, which is slang for marijuana use. If you were in San Francisco today, you may head on over to Hippie Hill to celebrate cannabis with a big crowd. In case you are going, please do pay attention to their FAQs, which includes information like it being[...]

Meetings 2022

Meetings 2022

Happy 2022, Meeting Planners! I consulted with my crystal ball (aka Google) and traveled to the ends of the internet to find information to help you navigate this new year. Here is what you need to know: Compression is a word being tossed about as a way to explain what is happening in meeting space[...]

Travel Safety: Summary

travel safety summary

In this fourth and final blog of my Travel Safety Series, I will share some final information as pulled together by HelmsBriscoe concerning the state of meeting travel. Though our industry has been through difficult times before, this particular time stands out as phenomenal. Meeting planners are masters at pivoting and champions of change, always[...]

Travel Safety: The Science of the Controlled Environment

controlled environment

Seasoned meeting planners know that there is only so much we can control. That said, there is also SO MUCH that is actually is within our control, even in this time of COVID. Scientific research has been conducted on the efficacy of current approaches to limiting the spread of the virus. It’s definitely worth a[...]

Variables and Variants

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At this very moment there are many variables – and variants – to take into consideration. Event planning and management has always been challenging. Now it’s beyond challenging; there are many unknowns, and a lot of conflicting and confusing information coming at us from every platform. It’s a wonder any of us can even plan[...]