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Jill Stone

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Tip-Top Laptop

Business travelers have laptops. Business travelers rely on those laptops to keep them connected with their lives. The whole idea of the laptop becoming dysfunctional during a trip can strike fear into the most fearless of flyers. So, here are some tips on keeping your laptop in tip-top shape. Don’t put it on your lap.[...]

When Meeting Meets Disaster

Disasters are rare, but they can be so big and devastating. having a bit of upfront knowledge can go a long way when you are called to act quickly. Here are some things for you to keep in mind should disaster befall your meeting. Keep the Lines of Communication Open: Your attendees are privy to[...]

Business Travel Minus the Hassle

Hear ye, hear ye! Seasoned or newbie business travelers alike! Here are some hints and tips for achieving a trek with less hassle: Know the charges: Each airline has put forth its own twist on fees for luggage, meals, extra legroom and the like. Check out this page to find out how much you may[...]

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite (no, really, don’t)

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite (no, really, don’t) Recently Successful Meetings Magazine posted an article about the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry. Happy to note that Roger Helms was amongst the distinguished line up! But I must admit I was a bit taken aback that one of the 25 was not[...]

Safety Travel Tips

Traveling can be fun and enjoyable, and at times hectic and stressful. It can also put us at risk.  Be safe in your travels with these easy tips. Always, always, always latch your hotel door. Hotels are not infallible, sometimes they send another person up with a key to your hotel room, not realizing that[...]

The Land of Lost Luggage

I love to travel. Well, I don’t know if I love the travel portion as much as I love arriving to and from my destination safely and WITH my luggage! According to the airlines they only “mishandle” .5% of the luggage;  “mishandled” meaning it is damaged, missing items, or does not arrive at the same[...]

Superstitions in Industry

How do superstitions affect your industry? In the hotel industry it is well known, for example, that most hotels in the United States do not have a 13th floor. This is due to the superstition around the number 13, otherwise known as triskaidekaphobia.  In Nathaniel Lachenmeyer’s book, 13: The Story of the World’s Most Notorious[...]

Get some Zzzs on the Road

Anyone who travels to conferences and meetings will tell you that getting a good night’s sleep is not always easy. We are creatures of habit and comfort; we like our own beds, sheets and blankets, not to mention our before bed rituals. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep while on the[...]

Are Airplanes Flying Germ Factories?

I do not want to come off as a germaphobe, but as a person who travels often I have learned a few things along the way – and not all of them are pretty. The fact is that airplanes are not exactly the cleanest places to hang out, but with just a bit of a[...]