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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

2012 Meeting Planner Olympic Games

On your mark, get set, go! Welcome to the 2012 Meeting Planner Olympics. We have many exciting sports and athletes for this year’s games, all going for the gold! Here is a list of some of the more exciting games to keep an eye on:   100 Meeting Dash – Watch as Meeting Planners tirelessly[...]

ROI (Groan) and Meeting Planning

Many of us are simply not too thrilled about Return on Investment. It seems slippery, hard to come to, difficult to measure. Some things are simply not measurable. There is not, to my knowledge anyway, an actual happy-meter that measures the happiness of your attendees with a meeting; though a ballroom full of smiles is[...]

Meeting Planning is a Top 50 Career!

Meeting planners rejoice! Your career rocks and has made it into the top 50 careers of 2011. This is according to a report by US News and World Report. The US News shares the following positive outlook: “Employment of meeting and convention planners, who hold 56,600 jobs nationwide in 2008, is expected to grow faster[...]

The Amazing Meeting Planning Race

Meeting Planners must navigate some crazy territories. You live the Amazing Race every year! First you are dropped off at an unknown location called Site Selection. Have you ever heard something like this before? “Hello Meeting Planner, this year we would like to have the meeting somewhere close, budgets you know, but it should have[...]

Measuring the Intangible for Meeting Success

ROI has historically been a big deal in meeting planning. We expend a lot of time, energy, ingenuity and money to create events; much of that time is preparing our attendees, wooing them with promises of time well spent and counting on that all important turn out and participation. When everything is said and done,[...]