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Offsite Activities: A Literary Approach

Bored with the same old obvious offsite activities? Depending on your event destination, perhaps you need to think outside the box – or, in this case, the book. Touring the homes of American literary masters is a great way to interject art,

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Feeling Overwhelmed? 4 Tips to Avoid Burnout

While the beginning of a New Year can serve as a fresh start for many, with inspiration everywhere you turn, for me it marks the start of a hectic and sometimes overwhelming event season. Coming back from a brief break over the holidays leads to an

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What a Product Designer Can Teach You About Life Design

Most of us live our lives ping-ponging between the things we want and the things we need. Don't get me wrong; it's plenty challenging, endlessly educational, often deeply moving and frequently very funny to allow luck, chance and a mad circus of

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How to Tap Your Inner Tina Fey

I didn't see it coming until it wound up in my mailbox, but when I opened the wrapper from Bloomsbury Publishers, my laughter would have scared the mailman. After all, nothing prepared me to hold and behold an adaptation Jane Austen's timeless

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Resort Spas Move From Mere Massage to Personal Awakening

Veteran spa watchers attending the 21st ISPA Media Marketplace this month in New York noted a marked shift in resort spa offerings lately from traditional massages, body wraps, and scrubs to more holistic, alternative healing-type experiences.

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Partial to Print? You’re Not Alone.

For more than a decade, the hardscrabble publishing world has been in a protracted battle for the hearts and minds of readers. I still recall a 2009 publishing-industry awards show where nearly every speech maker gave some iteration of the same sad

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Body Language 101

As an American child of stout European stock, I was forever ordered to "straighten up" while growing up, the directive aimed at my posture rather than my demeanor. And like most kids, I thought it was lame. All my friends slouched. It was practically

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A Novel Approach to Better Cocktail Banter

We've all been in this awkward situation: You're sharing a postprandial Mad Men aperitif with an unusually erudite group of influential sorts, perhaps parsing the pros and cons of your dinner selections, when someone drops a literary reference to an

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Wellness Tourism: A Trend Worth Tapping For Your Next Meeting

Have you run short on inspiration for that next killer event destination or incentive package? Having trouble dreaming up some wow? Behold the wellness getaway, grasshopper. Wellness retreats now account for 14 percent of all tourism

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Who’s In Your Stable? Lessons From the Triple Crown

One could only marvel at the images of jubilation from Belmont Park as American Pharoah crossed the finish line well ahead of the pack to win this year's Belmont Stakes, and thus become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Belmont week was

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One Thing at a Time: Why Singular Focus Improves Productivity

    Be honest: you're doing something else right now while reading this sentence, aren't you? Maybe texting? Checking email? Or watching that adorable panda video? For meeting planners, multitasking is far more than a time-saver;

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The Future and Innovations That May Rock Your World

I'm beginning to warm to this whole threshold of the future thing. We've been on the verge of so many fundamental technological, sociological and psychological breakthroughs in this adolescent century that it's tempting to nod and smile and get

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Free for All: 10 Public Art Displays in the Big Apple

One of the under-appreciated fringe benefits of a meeting planner's calling is the occasional opportunity to rub elbows with New York City's mindboggling collection of great art. While security at the Guggenheim, the Met, the Whitney and the

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Forbes’ Most Stressful Jobs for 2015: And the “Winners” Are…

When I saw the results of the survey, my first reaction was stunned disbelief. How could event coordinators rank only No. 8 on Forbes' Most Stressful Jobs of 2015? Who has it worse? I'll give Forbes their first three: I wouldn't trade seats

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In Praise of Gratitude

Funny, the things you stumble onto along the road of life that somehow become every bit as indispensible as good shoes or a rain slicker. One of mine, oddly enough, is a lovely ballad called "Streets of London" by a journeyman British folksinger

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Inspiration & Innovation Planned for IMEX Frankfurt 2015

As the meetings and incentive travel industry evolves, IMEX in Frankfurt continues to provide a wide range of new thinking, new destinations and new venues all under one roof, providing inspiration, innovation, fresh insight and brand new

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4 TED Talks to Get You Back in Love with Planning

So you're out of love with the job you loved just last week? Is it the stress of waiting for the stakeholders to make a decision? The shrinking budget? The stampede of execs who can't make it to the next meeting? The constant calls from assistants

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A Wake-up Call to the Sleep Deprived

Meeting planners readily jettison sleep to make every event, conference and teambuilding exercise memorable if not magical. It comes with the job, right? A few sleepless nights seem like a small price to pay to bask in the ambient glow of a job well

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Is it Time for Fitness Wearables?

I asked a meeting planner recently what device she used to track her fitness. She gave me that grin exclusively reserved for clueless male questions and replied, "My heels!" Point well taken: Of all the jobs the world over, meeting planners

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Why Print Found a Home at Airbnb

A doctor I know recommends turning off all electronics one hour before you crash to allow your brain to drain itself of all that beta wave chatter. He prescribes reading a print book or magazine in the interim, to allow the tactile page-turning and

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