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2021 Year in Review

2021 review

Time is an interesting concept. It feels like COVID has been with us forever, but it’s only been 2 years. Things that happened just months ago feel like they are in the distant past. At least, that is how it feels to me lately. As I reviewed this past year, I decided to reacquaint myself[...]

Olympics Tokyo 2021


The big event that couldn’t happen last year is now scheduled for this year (sound familiar?) Yes, Meeting Planners, the Olympics are here, and we are definitely in for the excitement, the thrills and, well, the heartaches. Those reading this blog my not have the athletic prowess to participate in the Olympic games, but planners[...]

New Hire Now – Event Technologist

Keeping up with technological advances is evermore becoming a full-time job. It’s not slowing down and continues to speed up. According to MeetingsNet, 91% of event professionals state that event technology is an important aspect of the job. It may be time to consider hiring an Event Technologist! Attendees expect an Amazon-like experience these days.[...]

Meeting Myths – Myth Number 1

Meeting Myths

Some myths seem to live on for quite a long time, despite the fact that they are not true. For example, despite what you have heard, dogs mouths are not cleaner than humans mouths, listening to Mozart will not make you smarter and you do need 10,000 steps a day (though you should definitely not[...]

Happy Non-Blue Year!

And we’re off to another year filled with more fun . . . and more challenges. One of the top challenges coming up in 2019 is record-high hotel occupancies across the country. This trend will affect some areas a bit more than others, but in a majority of cities, transient and group demand is up[...]

The “F” Word (but not that “F” word)

There are a lot “F” words out there, many that I would definitely prefer to use over others. Today I share with you some of my most favorite “F” words! Financial: I love this word because it plays a huge role in what we do as meeting planners. Does the cost of a meeting make[...]

Are you Renaissance? Yes, You Are!


You’ve heard the term “Renaissance Man” or “Renaissance Woman.” These are the people that have a ton of talents and several areas of knowledge. Sound like you? If you’re a meeting planner you absolutely are a Renaissance Person! Meeting planning requires a huge skill set. I took some time to create a list of skills[...]

Across the Pond…


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[...]

Be a Dy-na-Mo


Good day to all you dynamic meeting planners out there. Today let’s put a bit of mo’ in your Dy-na-mo! Every day there are mo’ technical tools at your disposal – almost too many to know and digest. No worries, I did so for you – check out these tools and mo’! Mo’ Time: Making[...]

We’ve Got Is(shoes)


As a group, we meeting planners definitely have our share of is(shoes).  Most notably, how often, how much and how many places our shoes have walked! Before the event we will walk in the shoes of our attendees to: Make sure room accommodations are well appointed, and that VIP suites are up to snuff. Walk[...]