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Jill Stone

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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[...]

Hut, Hut, Hut – Part 1

It’s football season meeting planners, and no matter the team you are hoping to follow from kickoff on opening day to Super Bowl Sunday, we love our football teams. And why not?  It is as American as Apple Pie, though beer and chicken wings are more its style, and it showcases stellar athletes in tackles[...]

Let’s Talk TED!

Hey meeting planners, are you a TED-head?  I am! TED Talks present ideas worth spreading about Technology, Entertainment and Design. And I have an announcement to make – Moi (that’s French talk for “me”), has been asked to be the lead meeting planner (aka Details Diva, this is my official title) for a locally planned[...]

Iron Man and You and I

We all need our super heroes; both the on-screen versions and the real life champions.  Right now, Iron Man is hot! The third movie was just released, bringing Tony Stark back to the big screen and into our lives. This got me thinking about us; that is you and I, meeting planner. We are so[...]

Tip-Top Laptop

Business travelers have laptops. Business travelers rely on those laptops to keep them connected with their lives. The whole idea of the laptop becoming dysfunctional during a trip can strike fear into the most fearless of flyers. So, here are some tips on keeping your laptop in tip-top shape. Don’t put it on your lap.[...]