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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Clause Pause

contract clause

Stop right there! Before you sign that contract, pause and make sure all is in order when it comes to your meeting. Contracts are a necessary part of the Meeting Planning business; they are meant to spell out all the details and protect both parties. That said, it is not a bad idea to consider[...]

Jill’s Moving

I am moving. Yes, I am moving and now blogging about it. Why? Because as I pack boxes (and more boxes, wow do I need a lot of boxes!), as I find items that make me wonder why they still exist in my house, and as I take a walk along memory lane via old[...]

Your Meeting’s Carbon Footprint

carbon footprint

A carbon footprint is measured by the “total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually express(ed) in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).” What this means is that, for example, when you drive your particular car, a particular distance, at a particular speed, the burning of the gas generates[...]

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[...]

Be a “Fly on the Wall” at Your Events

Return On Investment (ROI) is so very important to you as a meeting planner and to your bosses. However, I think ROE (Return on Experience) is even more important: for your attendees and for you because when you know what your attendees want to experience at your meetings, you can make it happen and, in[...]

Back-To-Meetings Supplies

Back To Meeting

Back-To-School shopping has commenced with tax-free weekends, teachers supply lists and notebooks donning Minecraft and One Direction decor.  With this in mind, I thought I’d share with you some Back-To-Meetings Supplies that will definitely bring your meetings up a notch. For you techy types, check out these programmable electronic nametags. If you’re all about the[...]

Setting the Stage for Learning

Setting the Stage for Learning

Attendees to annual meetings, sales meetings, conventions and such are there to connect and LEARN.  These events offer a reprise from the everyday and allow colleagues to stay up-to-date, find out what’s new and expand their skill sets. I don’t have to tell you meeting planners out there, that each detail in event planning is[...]

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[...]

Capturing the Elusive Meeting Spend

Have you heard the saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none?” Well, when it comes to meeting planners, the saying should be “Jack (or Jill!) of all trades and master of all you survey!” Am I right or am I right? Yes, my dear meeting planners, you not only have to be super creative[...]

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[...]