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Jill Stone

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Are you Fee-ling it?


Probably. Sometimes we meeting planners fee-l it; paying fee after fee after fee. We find ourselves asking – Do I have to pay them? Is there room for negotiation? Why so many fees? Let’s explore the world of fees. Resort-ful: Even if you do not plan to use the pool or gym, these fees could[...]

Meeting Planner Infographic


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an infographic is worth at least that – and then some. Infographics, which are defined as “graphic visual representation of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly,” have been around for quite awhile – like since 30,000 AD or so. What?! Yes,[...]

For the Meeting Planner who has Everything . . .

Meeting Planner

It’s no secret that meeting planners lead glamorous jet set lifestyles where we are wined and dined and showered with lavish gifts. So what’s a gal or guy to do when it comes to buying that perfect present for the meeting planner? Go quirky! Seriously, here are some fun ideas for not only you the[...]

In Case of Emergency, Read This . . .


Meeting planners deal with all sorts of, what we might call, “everyday emergencies.” The weather can cause plane delays, the printer failed to print up handouts, one of your team member falls ill, and on and on and on. For such things, we always seem to pull through and save the day! But what if[...]

Get More Attendees Guide

Get More Attendees

One of the top questions you will hear in the days leading up to your event is, “How many tickets have we sold?” or “How many people have signed up?” Some events have the luxury of being so well known that they sell out overnight (you’ve all heard of One Direction, right?). But other events[...]

Sanity Savers are In

saving time

We talk a lot about saving time and money, and though quite important, saving our sanity also ranks rather high. Meeting Managers have the capacity to store amazing amounts of information, details, schedules, data and more – there are computers out there that are envious of your abilities, I assure you of this. That said,[...]

Win Big with One Billion Dollars!

“Wow!” This was my reaction when I opened up an email from Roger Helms, founder of HelmsBriscoe, stating that our total bookings in 2014 came to over one billion dollars. One billion dollars! No one has delivered a billion dollars in room revenue in one year ever before. I have been with this company for[...]

ROI for Sponsors and Exhibitors

A few months ago I wrote about a plan for ensuring that the ever-important ROI happens for your event. If your events include sponsors and exhibitors, their ROI greatly affects your ROI! They look to you to create opportunities for them that will make it worth their while to be a part of your event.[...]

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[...]

Aaaargh, Get Ye Off My Room Block!

There be pirates about, Meeting Planners. And I am not talking about the eye patch wearing, rum drinking types. These pirates are not out for your ship, but for your rooms. With growing frequency, conference organizers are seeing false companies, posing as housing bureaus or hotel representatives, and offering discount room rates to attendees. This[...]