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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

What Goes Bump in the Night

meetings bump in the night

It’s that scary time of year when our minds turn to witches, goblins, ghosts and ghouls . . . and things that go bump in the night. For the meeting planner, many things can go bump during many nights; these being the scary number of details involved in planning an event. Here is how to[...]

Across the Pond…

international

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[...]

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out

fear of missing out

FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out, is real! In event world, it can be a real way to gain attendees now and later. Here are some ways to create a draw with FOMO. We’re Having So Much Fun! Make sure your network is engaged before, during and after your event. Who are your influencers,[...]

Beware of Trolls

trolls

Happy Halloween! The movie Trolls will be in theaters next month. I for one will be taking the grandkids to check it out! I’m also excited that one of my most favorite songs, Can’t Stop the Feeling, by Justin Timberlake will be featured. Don’t get me wrong, Justin does a fine job, but I have[...]

Futurassic Park Meeting Planners

Meeting Planners

I recently published a blog about those that may not be keeping up as well as some of us. But in all reality, my experience with most meeting planners has been this: Meeting planners are influencers within their organization, they have the pulse on what’s new and what’s coming, they are with it, organized and[...]

Cancer to Marathon to Motivation

Matt Jones

Recently I attended a presentation by Matt Jones and was blown away. There is nothing like a triumphant story to remind us all of how important it is to dig deep, especially during the most trying of times. And some of those stories are just a bit more spectacular than others, here is Matt’s story.[...]

Ground-Breaking and Innovating, Part 2

innovating

Last week I talked about the innovative nature of Meetings Managers and how we must and are expected to stay ahead of the curve for our attendees. But we also need to remain innovative for ourselves; and we deserve anything that makes our very difficult job even easier. Here are a few more items to[...]

Jill’s Moving

I am moving. Yes, I am moving and now blogging about it. Why? Because as I pack boxes (and more boxes, wow do I need a lot of boxes!), as I find items that make me wonder why they still exist in my house, and as I take a walk along memory lane via old[...]

Cool New Event Goodies

cool new event goodies

Hello Trendsetter, aka Meeting Planner. We are always on the look out for special event add-ins that will set our gathering apart from all the rest. Check out these cooler than cool new event goodies! TapSnap: Photo booths are always a hit, now comes TapSnap, the next generation in photo opps. TapSnap photos include your[...]

Your Favorite Food List

Favorite Food

Your list of favorite foods is bound to change year in and year out as new food trends come forth to tempt our taste buds. And these new food trends often have a place in your meeting planning; food is an important factor in keeping attendees happy, fortified and engaged. Let’s check out some food[...]