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Jay MacDonald

Social Media: Could It Actually Hurt Your Career?

Could the time you devote to social media prove detrimental to your career? That’s the conclusion that Georgetown University computer science professor Cal Newton arrives at in his eye-opening book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a

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Can You Hear Me Now? The Debate over Cell Calls at 35,000 Feet

So far at least, it has remained the one dependable amenity in today’s constantly changing airline cabins: once wheels are up, cell phones are off. Seats may have gotten narrower, leg, arm and head room tighter, carry-on storage space tinier and food

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Computer Shortcuts: Save Yourself 19 Hours Per Month

One great irony of our times is that the very machines that once seduced us into believing they’d have us all sitting on a Mexican beach by now instead of muttering through rush hour traffic have turned out to be daily time sucks themselves, further

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Magical Maui

Long before bucket lists became a baby boomer obsession, I inadvertently knocked a whopper off of mine by viewing sunrise from the crater rim of Haleakala, Maui’s highest volcanic peak at just over 10,000 feet. Although I was vaguely aware that

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Destination: Savannah, Georgia

For a richer appreciation of the diversity of cultures that comprise the American South, I suppose you could audit a few college history classes, comb through a few dusty library tombs and maybe watch a documentary or two. But it’s quicker, easier

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Feeling Sluggish? Check Your Office Lighting

It hardly takes a TED Talk to appreciate the impact of lighting on our workday. Simply unchain yourself from your ill-lit cube or windowless day cave, grab a go-cup at the office trough and stroll through the joint. Why do the bosses’ offices feel so

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Should These Airline Patents Be Cleared for Takeoff?

The next time you find yourself sentenced to the middle seat on an overstuffed flight to Dallas, Des Moines or Dubuque, take a moment to offer pleas to the airline gods that most of the patents being sought by kingpin carriers never take wing. The

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Life Lessons from The Daily Stoic

Have you ever had a book fall into your lap from out of the blue that speaks not only to the times we live in but the very moment? Such was the case for me with The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and the Art of Living by

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Get Smart: The New Tech-Savvy Hotel Room

It can be difficult at times to warm to the fast-approaching robot apocalypse, which inevitably reasons out to look like a classic Dantean contrapasso, in which we humanoids are sentenced to suffer the opposite for our shortcomings. For example,

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10 Capital Treats to Savor in Washington, DC

Admittedly, it feels a bit redundant to be recalling favorite destinations in Washington, D.C., having spent much of the past month mentally resident in the nation’s capital as the history-making administration of POTUS 44 Barack Obama decamped and

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Hot Spots for International Travel

It’s not a huge stretch to characterize meeting professionals as modern-day explorers, smartphone-toting, latte-juggling adventurers committed to discovering bold new experiences with which to entertain, enrich and engage their audiences. Whether the

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Destination: Key West

Whether it’s your beach bucket or bucket list you’re looking to fill, simply follow these directions for an unparalleled experience: Deplane at MIA (Miami International), slip into flipflops, point your rental car south on Highway 1, then savor one

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Travel Insurance: What To Know Before You Go

For many of us, preparing for the holidays involves rousting lights and wreaths from their attic lair, immersing ourselves in Ina Garten’s cardio-be-damned dessert recipes and judiciously tapping our myriad air miles for our annual journeys to share

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Time to Jettison the Jet Lag

The good news about meeting planning is, you get to travel the world. The bad news is, well, same thing. Because if you fly frequently or far for a living, there to greet you on either end is your old pal, jet lag, reminding you why the root of the

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Victoria, BC: One Seriously Scenic Port of Call

Halyards clang against sailboat masts along the peaceful stone seawall of Victoria’s inner harbor, gently awakening guests at the majestic Fairmont Empress Hotel, whose stately presence looms high above the pier. Consider it a nautical snooze alarm,

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Toxic Coworker? Expert Advice on Rising Above

One of the tragic truisms of happy hour is that so many of us spend it venting to kindred souls our frustration at the toxic coworkers among us who seem intent on disrupting the flow and clogging the gears of what could be our well-oiled machine. For

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Beef Up Your Knowledge of Dietary Requests

Pulling off an upbeat, congenial event dinner ranks right up there with skydiving and zip-lining on a good night, being entirely dependent on the unforeseeable, one-time planetary alignment of guests, catering and event staff. Special dietary

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Hospitality Leaders Share Secrets of 5-Star Service

Wouldn’t it be great to have the wisdom of the world’s best customer service savants at your fingertips? Micah Solomon thought so, too. What’s more, as a world-leading customer service trainer, speaker and consultant himself, as well as a regular

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10 Simple Ways to Boost Brain Power

Full confession upfront: I spent the past summer bouncing between spit-take laughter and tiny-hair-tinging creep-outs while thoroughly enjoying the timely, audacious CBS TV political satire, “BrainDead.” In it, a Capitol Hill underling who works for

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Destination: Bermuda

Savvy event strategists looking for a thoroughly British destination without the headaches of transatlantic travel will find a charming bit of Blighty a mere 650 miles off the Carolina coast on the quaint, picturesque island chain of Bermuda. Due

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