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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

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[...]

Be Seen at a Conference, Part 1: Before

Conferences are expensive. There are costs for the booth, flight and hotel room costs, booth design, swag and marketing and more. With this sort of expense, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could really make a go of it and be seen? By the media, no less? For this to happen you need a plan[...]

Video Fills In the In-Betweens!

Keep your attendees awake by breaking things up a bit.  One way to do this is to through video; and there are so many interesting and engaging videos to choose from, you’ll be hard pressed to not find something that is perfect for your group! There are several video sites out there, with YouTube topping[...]

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,[...]

Meeting Trends 2014

Meeting planners not only follow the trends closely, but they also have a trendsetter mentality and practically refuse to ever play catch up!  Here is what is hot in meetings for 2014. According to IMEX, our attention spans are shorter than ever; your meetings are to be content driven and done so in a quick[...]

Destination International

Planning an overseas meeting can be quite a daunting task as there are several unique challenges and many unknowns. But you can do it; Meeting Planners are pretty invincible!  Here are some tips to help make the most of your international meeting planning. International Inspection:  You will definitely want to check out the location before[...]

Suitcasing and Outboarding

I don’t know about you, but these were new terms to me.  As one who always likes to be in the know, I had to investigate this a bit and learn what’s what – let me tell you, it’s not pretty.  Basically speaking, “suitcasing” and “outboarding” have the potential to be truly damaging to your[...]