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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

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[...]

The Great Outdoors

outdoors

As we move into warmer weather, and open up to live meetings, the great outdoors is looking like a great way to meet. Offer a breath of fresh air to your participants with these ideas: First and foremost, be sure to contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau of the area(s) you wish to consider for[...]

Hybrid Meetings

Virtual events are here to stay! There are so many advantages: Allows your organization to expand its audience. Opens the door to those that could not attend before due to budget, time, family, etc. Provides an alternate for those experiencing last minute issues that affect their attendance. Is much more scalable as well as cost[...]

Be a (Virtual) Hero Part 3: Hire a Virtual Event Producer

Virtual hero event producer

Following up with my final in a series about being a Virtual Hero. In the first two blogs I discussed helpful basics on virtual meetings and how to conduct a panel discussion via virtual. Virtual is here to stay. Even live events are going hybrid and continue to include a virtual offer as part of[...]

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[...]

Be a (Virtual) Hero – Part 1

Virtual hero event producer

As we continue forward in this time of virtual meetings, we are learning more and more ways to do it right and ensure a valuable experience for attendees. Here are some items to consider when it comes to content: It all started with TED: The epitome of a well-crafted talk these days points to TED[...]

Meeting Stars in the Time of COVID-19

Meeting Stars

As I shared in a recent blog, meeting planners have a high AQ. I also recently shared some catch-ups for you in my last blog. And yet, there is so much more – already – to know. Let’s head to the latest stars in the meeting planning industry – up up and away! Cleanliness and[...]

The Catch-Up Collection – What Meeting Planners Should Know Now

Meeting Planners catch up

Right now, there are is a lot of uncertainty and a lot of pivots. While meeting planners are accustomed to staying on-trend, champions of reinvention and have always been technology-driven, the changes are coming so fast and furious, it’s hard to stay caught up, much less catch our breath. Here are some quick and to-the-point[...]

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[...]

Virtual Venue Specialist

So here we are. Meetings have been canceled, revenue is down, and yet, there is important information that your people need! They certainly don’t wish to travel at this time, so the answer is to Go Virtual! The sheltering-in-place, working-from-home way of life has pushed us to become comfortable with virtual meetings. And now meeting[...]