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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Think Big about Small Meetings

small meetings

Recently we talked about Wide Open Spaces for those big scale meetings, but not all meetings are big. Some meetings are more intimate and more focused and smaller in scope. Here are some venues that are perfect for small meetings: Warwick Hotels: This worldwide chain offers several smaller hotels that offer a “harmonious hotel experience[...]

Jingle All the Way with Jill

Jill Stone

    You’re running out of time To find some hotel space For your meeting’s soon And you can’t find a place You’ve called LOTS of hotels Who won’t accept your RFP Now you need to get some rooms For your meeting in a hurry!   SO! Call Jill Stone Helmsbriscoe She’ll find what you[...]

A Hotelier’s View: How Hotels See Third Party Planners

third party planners

I recently caught up with Kris Keesling at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. She is my contact at the hotel, and was an integral part in creating a win-win meeting for one of my clients. We chatted about the industry, her hotel and third party planners (aka me). Here is what Kris had to share with[...]

Sanity Savers are In

saving time

We talk a lot about saving time and money, and though quite important, saving our sanity also ranks rather high. Meeting Managers have the capacity to store amazing amounts of information, details, schedules, data and more – there are computers out there that are envious of your abilities, I assure you of this. That said,[...]

Top 10 Contract Items to Know

I read a lot of contracts on behalf of my clients and have learned that there are items you absolutely need to be on top of when it comes to creating the as-close-to-perfect-as-possible contract for your meeting. So here we go: 10.  Service Fees: This includes miscellaneous, administrative, equipment fees and more. Though many of[...]

Win Big with One Billion Dollars!

“Wow!” This was my reaction when I opened up an email from Roger Helms, founder of HelmsBriscoe, stating that our total bookings in 2014 came to over one billion dollars. One billion dollars! No one has delivered a billion dollars in room revenue in one year ever before. I have been with this company for[...]

Out and In

Out and In

Recently I wrote a blog about how the word Outsourcing should be out, but the word Insupporting should be the new in buzzword; as it very much, and more aptly, describes what I do for my clients. And, yes, I totally made the word up, so if anyone has a connection with the Webster’s Dictionary[...]

Site Selection for the Olympics

Can you even imagine hosting the Olympics? As we know, any event that requires a citywide presence comes with many challenges.  Take a citywide x 100 and you may come close to understanding what the Olympic host city faces. First and foremost, the city must prove that it is big enough to handle the athletes,[...]

What Does Jill Stone Say?

The #1 most viewed YouTube video of 2013 has inspired me to set pen to paper and share my lyric writing talent with you. I am quite sure this talent would make Weird Al Yankovic proud. Before we go on, I provide you with this disclaimer: Reading this blog may cause a certain popular song[...]

Who Can Take on the Tasks at Hand? Part 2

Last week I shared with you some helpful helpers; those who can assist, do odd jobs and help you shine on line.  Today we are going to look at a couple more people who can help you make your event a super success! The Visual Aide(s): Yes, you could make your own videos, take your[...]