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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

My New Office and Home

My New Office and Home

This past weekend I accomplished moving (she says with a big sigh of relief). All boxes have been successfully moved from Hillsboro, Missouri to 23 some odd miles north to Fenton, Missouri. I love it in my new home. So far friendly new neighbors have stopped by to visit, I’ve discovered the joy of being[...]

A Hotelier’s View: How Hotels See Third Party Planners

third party planners

I recently caught up with Kris Keesling at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. She is my contact at the hotel, and was an integral part in creating a win-win meeting for one of my clients. We chatted about the industry, her hotel and third party planners (aka me). Here is what Kris had to share with[...]

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Love the lyrics (below)? Check out the new holiday classic: “Do You Hear” Video!   Said the VP to the meeting planner, Do you plan what I need? I need to have an awesome meeting planned. Do you plan what I need? Why yes, I do, lucky, lucky you! I will plan that meeting and[...]

Out Outsourcing, In Insupporting

Certain words and phrases, despite their original meanings, have taken on different meanings over time.  For example, did you know that the word awful used to mean to inspire wonder and it now means terrible or horrible.  Bully once meant good fellow or darling, now it is someone to absolutely avoid! This has sort of[...]

Spring Is Here!

Spring is here! After this winter I am beyond excited about this fact.  I am tired of snow, I am tired of cold and, quite frankly, I am a bit tired of my winter wardrobe. About this time last year I did a tribute to spring and shared with you how I, a self-proclaimed ambassador[...]

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[...]

Hut Hut Hut! Part 2

As far as I am concerned meeting planner, you always win the coin toss!  Last week we headed into the football season comparing the star-spangled skills of an American Quarterback with you – the All-Star Meeting Planner.  We are half-way through the qualities of a quarterback list, as outlined by Football for Dummies. Now let’s[...]

I LOVE Meeting Planners

I know it may sound cliché, but I really do “heart” meeting planners! I wish I could send each of you a big box of chocolates and nice bouquet of flowers for Valentines Day. In lieu of such extravagances, please accept this VALENTINE from me to you: Value-Add: I add value to your life. Let[...]

No Oops For You

When it comes to meeting planning, there are way too many places where mistakes can be made. With the myriad of details involved, mistakes are bound to happen at times. Even though, and this is fact, meeting planners are closer to super heroes than human. Let’s look at some common mistakes, place them in that[...]

On Being Thankful

I love the food, I love the day off, I love the parade, but my most favorite part of Thanksgiving is the opportunity to be with my family and the opportunity to pause and say “Thank You!” I am thankful for so much in my life. I am thankful for my husband, Rick. We have[...]