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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Myth Time Is Up

I have been debunking meeting myths over the past couple of months. This series of blogs all started with a podcast. The host of the show is Mich Hancock, I’ve known Mich for many years; we met when she was in the meeting planning business. She is now the CEO of 100th Monkey, a social[...]

Meeting Myths – Surprises 4 You!

Meeting Myths

Over the past three blogs, I have shared with you some myths about my services. Okay, enough with the myths. In this blog, I want to share with you some pleasant surprises you can expect when working with your favorite Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother, ie Jill Stone. First, you don’t even need to know where[...]

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[...]

Meeting Myths – Myth Number 2

Meeting Myths

Last blog I shared with you how I will not be taking over your job. My job truly is to enhance what you do, not take it over. Another myth hanging out there about site selection services is that it will cost more in the long run. Actually, it will cost less. Yes, we are[...]

Meeting Myths – Myth Number 1

Meeting Myths

Some myths seem to live on for quite a long time, despite the fact that they are not true. For example, despite what you have heard, dogs mouths are not cleaner than humans mouths, listening to Mozart will not make you smarter and you do need 10,000 steps a day (though you should definitely not[...]

Matchmakers of the Meeting World

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It’s not always love at first site selection in the world of meeting management, but one thing for sure, when it comes to matchmaking, you can’t beat meeting planners. Our cupid-like ways have the power to create love connections wherever we go and here is how we do so: Wine, Candles and Chocolate: Many an[...]

Tetris Master

negotiations

I recently came across a blog from Meetings Net titled, Why Hotel Negotiations Are Like a Game of Tetris. The blog focuses on a special session that was presented at the Global DMC Partners’ Connection 2017 Conference, that took place in Las Vegas this past August. The session was a panel discussion, featuring several contributors[...]

Across the Pond…

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or any other destination your group may go, usually requires a bit more planning. Here are a few ways to prepare for an international meeting: Who do you know: You’ve been to your own conferences and networking meetings, reach out to some of your contacts or organizations and ask if they can connect you to[...]

Negotiate!

negotiate

Do this, enter the word “Negotiate” into Google, then click on images. Most of what comes up are images of handshakes. In other words, this is what negotiation leads to – a deal that you seal with a handshake, or as we like to call it in the Meetings biz, a contract. To be an[...]

It’s a Debate

debate

Presidential debates are in the air. Debates are a test to see how candidates behave under pressure; can they answer questions coherently and to-the-point, are they decisive and concise, do they have a high likability factor and a commanding presence. If you are still debating over whether to use the services of someone like me,[...]