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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Top 10 Contract Items to Know

I read a lot of contracts on behalf of my clients and have learned that there are items you absolutely need to be on top of when it comes to creating the as-close-to-perfect-as-possible contract for your meeting. So here we go: 10.  Service Fees: This includes miscellaneous, administrative, equipment fees and more. Though many of[...]

Who Can Take on the Tasks at Hand? Part 2

Last week I shared with you some helpful helpers; those who can assist, do odd jobs and help you shine on line.  Today we are going to look at a couple more people who can help you make your event a super success! The Visual Aide(s): Yes, you could make your own videos, take your[...]

Clone Yourself with One Phone Call, Part 2

Last week I shared with you some of the points from my recent interview with Cathy Sexton, The Productivity Expert. She asked me to be on her radio show “Ignite Your Performance,”  to share with her audience the exciting world of site selection (which truly is quite exciting!). Here are some more of the talking[...]

Clone Yourself with One Phone Call

Recently, Cathy Sexton, The Productivity Expert, asked me to be on her radio show “Ignite Your Performance.”  It was so much fun to be interviewed and have the opportunity to talk about what I do. Thank you so very much to Cathy for making it easy, she is a great interviewer and I so very[...]


Being #1 seems to get all the glory. And though I have nothing against the number 1, I would like to point out that there are several numbers that are also quite interesting and definitely could use a closer look. This brings me to number 2, and 3, more specifically, to the amazing number 23.[...]

Negotiation Time

According to a recent article: Average daily hotel rates will likely increase 3.2 percent throughout next year. Increases will vary by market, with the top business destinations able to command much higher prices. Meetings and events spending continues to grow, with an average 4.8 percent increase expected in cost per attendee, per day, along with[...]

HOPE (Haiti Orphan Project)

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~ Helen Keller My daughter-in-law’s company is sponsoring an upcoming event and when she shared it with me I knew I had to be involved. The HOPE 5K provides “consistent support for the Village de Vie orphan village, an[...]

ABC Wrap Up

I am back and rejuvenated from the ABC after a weekend of rest. Personally, this past ABC was one for the record books. I achieved Masters! The Masters are the top 20 out of the 1200 HelmsBriscoe associates.  It was a such an honor to be recognized, and I would not be where I am[...]

HelmsBriscoe’s Annual Business Conference (ABC)

I am off to HelmsBriscoe’s Annual Business Conference (ABC), January 5 – 7, 2011. It is such an exciting time as over 900 HelmsBriscoe Associates meet with over 1500 hotels, Convention & Visitors Bureaus and the like. This conference not only allows for me to network on behalf of my clients, but it also affords[...]

Green Up Your Meetings

As stewards of the planet Earth, it is our responsibility to go green where ever and whenever we can.  Making a conscientious effort to “Green Up” your meeting is easy!  All you need do is ask a few questions and become aware of what you can do to enhance your green factor. First, consider a[...]