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Kate Doyle Hooper

3 Ways to Stand Up for Healthier Planning

When planners are deep in the middle of a meeting or conference, the days are action-packed –there’s always something keeping us on our toes. On event days we’re in perpetual motion, going from breakout to breakout, checking in on set-ups, managing

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5 Fast Ways to Bust Planner Stress

Hey Planners! Got stress? Chances are, you do – and plenty of it. According to CareerCast.com’s ranking of the 10 Most Stressful Jobs 2017, being an event coordinator comes in at #5, ranking just behind airline pilots and police officers, so safe to

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7 Laptop-Ban Workarounds—If It Actually Happens

Recently, the prospect of a possible laptop ban has been generating quite a few headlines. Whether or not it actually comes to pass, the possibility of a ban has certainly gotten my attention, not to mention the attention of millions more

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Looking Good: Pro Tips for Better Floral Design

When you’re a planner, you have to wear a variety of hats, and speak any number of vendor languages. For many of us though, when it comes to flowers and floral design, it’s easy to come up a little short. With so many flowers, colors, and styles to

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11 Tips to Manage Event Music – and Your DJ

If you plan events for a living, chances are, you’re no shrinking violet. You’re used to being the boss and issuing orders, firmly but respectfully. You are, after all, the captain of the ship, with your hands on the wheel ‘till the last guest

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Places for Perks: A Who’s Who of Hospitality Rewards Programs

For those of us planner types who spend a lot of time on the road, where we bed down for the night matters: high levels of comfort, business-friendliness, cleanliness and amenities are, of course, non-negotiable. Perks and points accrual helps too,

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7 Ways to Stop Forgetting Stuff at the Hotel

For many planners, discovering new cities or re-visiting old favorites is one of the more appealing aspects of the job. Accidentally leaving personal items behind at the hotel however, is not – but it’s an all too common occurrence in the rush to

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6 Notable Trends for Meetings This Year

  If future-predicting, crystal balls existed just for meeting planning, most of us planner types would be sure to have one. How great would it be to have all the answers before we even started planning? But alas, such crystal balls don’t exist, so

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Work It, Girl: 4 Incredibly Useful Phone Accessories

As a smartphone-addicted planner, I’m always on the prowl for problem-solving accessories for my trusty iPhone which, much as I love it, I do, on occasion, still want to throw out the window. In our line of work, iPhone ownership is not without its

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7 Sanity Savers for Long-Haul Flights

As most of my work trips are of the easy, nonstop, six-hour variety from New York to the West Coast or Europe, I enjoy flying. Like most time-pressed planners, I value that time in the air. It’s ‘found’ time to catch up on work, eat, watch a movie

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6 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Create Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsors. For many types of events, like expos and exhibits, they’re absolute must-haves. And to maximize revenue, it’s generally a case of the more the merrier, in some cases with sponsors signing on virtually 'til doors open. While all that extra

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Planning for 2017 Holidays Around the World

Planning events overseas is always an adventure. There are new contacts to make, new venues to check out, new activities to source, plus hundreds of the usual planning details that need attention. Amid the planning hustle and bustle it’s easy to

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Plan Smart: 10 Great Sparkling Wines that Won’t Blow Your Budget

“Bubbly,” synonymous with celebration, never goes out of style. Whether it’s welcoming the New Year, the new boss, the new product or simply to thank the team for a job well done, the sound of popping corks is a festive one. While all that popping is

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How To Dress Up a Ballroom That Isn’t, Well, Versailles

Lets face it, every venue can’t be Versailles. Every planner isn’t Martha Stewart. But when tasked with re-purposing an odd space or hotel boardroom into an environment suitable for a sit-down dinner, minus budget for an event designer, it’s time to

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5 Great Ways to Make Your Event A Bit Greener

Greening up your meetings and events isn't as overwhelming as you might imagine; even small steps really do add up. As consciousness about conserving resources has grown, so has our ability as planners to incorporate more green elements into our

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Holiday Helper: 5 Tips for Better Client Gifting

Now that we’re in the 11th month of the year, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, the runaway train that is the holiday season is about to hit warp speed. The question is: are you ready for it? Have you started to think about what to give those

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4 Ways to Tame Your Audiovisual Costs

Ah, audiovisual charges – they’re rarely good. In fact, they tend to be the biggest wildcard in any event budget, with the power to instantly blow your bottom line to smithereens. Small wonder the thought of the final A/V bill tends to fill a

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2016 Holiday Planning: Key Dates to Work With & Around

When the temperatures start to drop and leaves fall, a planners mind turns to – Oh, no – the holidays – and the flat-out race to the end of the year. The toughest part about the season? Getting the venue you want on the day you want it. As with any

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Venue Wisdom: 4 More Secrets for Planning Success

No matter where you are in your planning career, it’s important to remember that planning is a two-way street. Just as we expect the world from our venues, they too expect us to return the favor by freely sharing with them the information they need

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Venue Wisdom: 3 Secrets for Planning Success

Whenever I get together with my fellow planners, inevitably we talk shop, exchanging war stories about our experiences with one venue or another, which ones we love, who’s got the best facilities, which properties have the most attentive meetings

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