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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

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[...]

Sufficiently Supplied

supplies

It’s August and as the summer winds down, school and all the supplies that go with it, wind up! If anyone knows about supplies, it’s the meeting planner. We need our supplies no matter the time of year. If there is a meeting in the area, you can bet there is a well-supplied meeting planner[...]

Deadline!

Deadline

We all know what a deadline is and we all know what it feels like when it’s looming! Deadline is not the most pleasant of words; it includes the word “dead,” not usually associated with something joyful and “line,” and who wants to stand in one of those? Perhaps even more disconcerting is its historical[...]

Stand-out-ing: Have an Outstanding Tradeshow Appearance

tradeshow

Ensure an outstanding tradeshow showing by standing out! When your team starts planning for the next tradeshow appearance, here are some ideas to consider: It takes 2. Consider 2 levels of giveaways; one easy useful item like hand sanitizer, water bottles and USB chargers, then a premium giveaway for those that you consider to be[...]

The “F” Word (but not that “F” word)

There are a lot “F” words out there, many that I would definitely prefer to use over others. Today I share with you some of my most favorite “F” words! Financial: I love this word because it plays a huge role in what we do as meeting planners. Does the cost of a meeting make[...]