People Reader: 5 Ways To Become a Better Judge of Character

The clamorous approach of summer blockbuster season begs the perennial question: Which superhero crew reigns supreme? The Fantastic Four, you say? Perhaps the X-Men? Or the Justice League of America? I suspect most meeting planners would place

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Quiet: Why You Need It & Where To Find It

Let’s talk about noise, shall we? Or more apropos, LET’S TALK ABOUT NOISE, SHALL WE? Since the Industrial Revolution, its encroachment into our daily lives has long been the price we begrudgingly pay for technological advancements, whether it be

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Grounded? Visit These Flight Zones

What better way to appreciate aviation's colorful past while experiencing its present than with a stroll through one of the 30 museums of flight located within or near a major US airport? Here are three must-see aviation museums well worth a

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The Surprising Benefits of Stress

Ah, meeting planning, the stress-free career! You host a few brainstorming sessions, chat up a vendor or two, casually stroll through a conference here and there, and home by 5. Yeah, right! If there were any justice in this world, the face of a

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The Food Trend That Boosts Health (& Battles Climate Change!)

Veggies have reached a tipping point among health-conscious chefs, meeting planners, and their groups. From broccoli rabe to shitakes and kale, they’re all pushing meat to the side—or entirely off the plate in some cases. The grassroots trend

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What Was Your Name Again?

“A person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” —Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People   Meeting planner or not, building relationships is crucial to everyone’s career success. And

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Destination: Nantucket

There’s something surprisingly authentic and arguably timeless about Nantucket, the understated oddball island sister who splits the coastal Massachusetts tourist trade with her more cosmopolitan siblings, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. Perhaps

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Traveling Abroad? Try These 7 Tips to Stretch Your Dollar

One of the great things about a career in event planning is the opportunity to visit foreign countries. The personal growth and insights that come from immersion into other cultures cannot be equaled online or in the classroom. That's why postcards

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Think you know what tech attendees want? Think again!

A new report by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) reveals some striking differences between what tech tools you think attendees want and what they really want. CEIR surveyed 380 exhibition planners and 420 business pros who attend

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Marriott Beats Back Starwood Suitor

With the fate of such popular high-end meeting and incentive venues as St. Regis, Luxury Collection, W, Westin  and Le Meridien hanging in the balance, planners have been avidly following Marriott International’s quest to acquire Starwood Hotels

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Keeping Political Friction at Bay in an Election Year

Few utterances will send your next planning session plunging into chaos faster than this innocent question: “Did anyone see the debate last night?” Politics are poisonous to productivity precisely because passion polarizes, and doubly so in a

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The High Cost of Expense-Report Errors

In advance planning and then managing meetings and incentives while on-site, planners don't focus on the last piece of the process: attendees' filing expense reports. Not that they should: planning and on-site management are intense and

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10 Don’t-Miss Attractions in Cleveland

It’s official: you can now add Cleveland to the list of the nation’s nuevo-boho, must-sip trendy destinations. As unlikely as that seems, this perennially overlooked, underrated Ohio river city has been dually ordained among today’s best places to

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Starwood and Marriott Move on Cuba

Planners on a quest to come up with new and exciting destinations have had their eye on Cuba since late-2014 when President Obama announced plans to normalize long-strained relations between the U.S. and the Caribbean island. But by and large the

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Travel Products for Time-Crunched Planners

If there’s one thing planners don’t have a lot of, it’s time to spare, so anything that will save us a few minutes worth of travel-related hassles is a welcome addition. Here are a few problem-solving, time-saving must-have innovations to help make

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A Q&A With Event Designer Extraordinaire Sasha Souza

Sasha Souza, of Sasha Souza Events, is one of the busiest and most influential event designers in the country. With offices in San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, and Los Angeles, her clients range from A-list wedding couples to Johnson & Johnson, the

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5 Ways to Stay Fit on the Road

Whether you’re ramping up for a big event or are already on-site getting ready for kick-off, a planner’s day can get very, very long—but then nobody gets into the planning business for the regular hours. With our crazy schedules, it’s often tough to

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Sorry, We’re Closed: Major Holidays ‘Round the World

When planning events in far-flung locales, there are always hundreds of details to consider along the way. One of the most important, yet often overlooked? What’s going on while you and your guests are visiting – and how those local events can impact

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Tap This Bartending Wisdom

Your day has unraveled. By 5 o’clock, the meets and measures you woke up hoping to knit into a fine, formfitting sweater now resemble something the cats appropriated for their own amusement. Simply put, you need a drink. Now. Which is precisely

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10 Healthy Ways to Avoid the Afternoon Slump

Let’s pause just for a nanosecond to appreciate what we otherwise consider the bane of our hectic workday: the mid-day slump. After all, there are few aspects of our tech-driven professional lives that we share with the ancient Pharaohs, Mayans,

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