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Jill Stone

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Negotiation Success is Key to Meeting Planning Objectives

It’s all a part of planning better meetings, capturing higher returns on investment and creating long term relationships with properties that are willing to demonstrate their knowledge of your expectations, and to fully support those expectations through contracts that speak to your particular meeting. For meeting planners, successful negotiation with a property is critical! The[...]

The Negotiator

For as long as I have been in the meetings industry I have been a negotiator; it is a huge part of the meeting planning process. Negotiation takes a bit of finesse and a bit of savvy (maybe even a bit of sassy), but it also requires a lot of knowledge. We need to know[...]

Really Plan for your Next Conference

Conferences are a fantastic way to keep up with the latest and greatest in your industry, connect with like professionals, learn, exchange and grow. It’s one thing to sign up, choose your sessions, and pack all the appropriate necessities and outfits (and shoes!) for the various conference meetings and activities. But in order to get[...]

City Budgets – A New Focus for Meeting Planners

Anyone in the meetings industry will tell you that it is an all-encompassing sort of deal. We may be quite good at what we do, but we also know that we rely on several other entities, many of which are out of our control, to make a meeting go off without a hitch. And well,[...]

The 12 Scams of Christmas

This was in the MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Texas Hill Country Chapter Newsletter, originally published in Austin Business Journal. McAfee Inc. released these top scams, calling it the 12 Scams of Christmas – the 12 most dangerous online scams this holiday season. Our cyber-health is so important.  When our computer’s act up, our business productivity[...]

New Hotel Construction Down – Good News for the Meetings Industry!

While new hotel construction in the pipeline is down, existing hotels are experiencing a surge in their operations.  According to officials at Lodging Econometrics or LE (,  “The timing of the slowdown in new openings could not be more perfect.”  Due to the slowdown in this area, existing hotels are experiencing operating improvements that “are[...]

Green Up Your Meetings

As stewards of the planet Earth, it is our responsibility to go green where ever and whenever we can.  Making a conscientious effort to “Green Up” your meeting is easy!  All you need do is ask a few questions and become aware of what you can do to enhance your green factor. First, consider a[...]

The Economy is in the Tank – Let’s Have a Meeting!

It may seem counter-intuitive for your company to spend money on meetings and travel right now.  But meetings, events and incentive related travel may be just the boost the economy needs.  According to the US Travel Association business-related travel, which includes meetings, events and incentives, “is vital to our national economy and essential to sustaining[...]