People

Spanning the Generational Divide

Look around most meeting halls and workplaces and you’ll often see faces across a full spectrum of age groups, from new hires fresh out of college to veteran employees nearing retirement. Having such age diversity in a company has lots of benefits.

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To Hug or Not To Hug: Tips on Cultural Greetings

To borrow a catch phrase from a popular insurance commercial, hugs come at you fast. With family, they’re predictable. With friends, pro forma. But in a business setting, especially first-time greetings in other countries or within multicultural

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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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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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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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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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Meet Celebrity Planner Randi Lesnick

Randi Lesnick, one of the nation's premier event planners, works for Nashville's brightest stars—people like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba MacIntire, and Rascal Flatts. Her company has grown from a one-woman show in 1996 into two offices and a

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Arianna Huffington to Deliver Keynote Address at Cvent CONNECT

Arianna Huffington will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Cvent CONNECT conference. As the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group—an influential online news organization with a prolific digital

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CEO Update: The Latest on our Acquisition by Cvent

Our recent acquisition by Cvent represents a very exciting time for Elite Meetings International (EMI). While we’ve created a strong brand with great products, we have only scratched the surface of all that is possible. At EMI, we have grand

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