WORK WELL

Need a Job? How To Rise Above the Gray Ceiling

Champagne, brie, scotch and event planners. While your first guess – “What are things that go together?” – may well apply in many cases, the correct answer should be, “Name four things that improve with age.” Unfortunately, the perceived

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5 Tips To Better Communication With Overseas Colleagues

For many planners, one of the more enjoyable perks of the job is getting to see the world and getting paid to do so. However, before bags are packed and the event begins, most planners will have to climb several mountains, jump through a few hoops

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IMEX America: Where Networking Complements Education

Trade shows, exhibitions and conferences too often make a distinction between their educational programs and the events’ networking opportunities—with the networking sessions invariably relegated to second-class status. Entire days may be devoted to

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Par-lez Vous Golf? Here’s a Primer for Better Banter

Do you feel slightly awkward in professional or social settings when the conversation suddenly turns to golf? No need. Really. In fact, among the major worldwide sports, you probably “talk golf” more than the others, without even knowing

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Build Your Personal Brand

The first thing most people notice about Anne is her hat. In an era when head wear for women pretty much begins and ends with the royals, Anne stands out because of her chapeau. As I got to know and respect Anne for her humor, warmth, creativity and

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How to Create a Niche in the Events Industry (and Why You Should!)

I think that creating a niche in our industry is incredibly important. Most people tend to think that offering a wide variety of services will bring them more opportunities, but while that sounds intuitively correct, it's actually the opposite. By

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Hotels Boost Their Interactive Offerings for Groups

As part of their job, planners are always on the lookout for exciting new programs to capture the interest of their attendees. Inevitably these days, such ideas involve new technology. Given the entire culture’s embrace of mobile apps, streaming

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10 Creative Tech and Social Media Tips for Events

Are you looking to take your events to the next level? Wish you could inspire a little creativity at your next event? As event planners, we are really busy so in respect for your time, I’ve got a quick list of ideas you can implement at your next

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 midday 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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A 2016 Social Media Update

It seems like every time we turn around, there is a new social media tool to use and everything we knew about the current tools seems to change on a daily basis. So – this blog post is an attempt to catch you up on some of the big things you should

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6 Ways to Use GoPro at Your Events

GoPro helmet-mounted cameras have been around since by Nicholas Woodman invented them in 2004. They've made him a billionaire. Even though they are a perfect fit for the events industry, they are underutilized by event planners, who can use them to

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My Top 5 Apps and Gadgets to Stay Productive On The Go

As event planners, we are always on the go. We’re traveling from airport to airport, taking site visits at random locations and working in the closest Starbucks we can find. It’s easy to feel like we aren’t being as productive as we are when we are

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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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