WORK WELL

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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Dissension in the Ranks: 7 Tips for Peaceful Resolution

You feel it in the pit of your stomach the moment you enter the room. Something's not right. The calm and tranquility that prevailed just hours before have suddenly hardened into a palpable sense of discord and frustration, leaving your

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The Next Best Thing to Being There: 5 Tips for Site Visit Workarounds

You’ve done your research. You’ve narrowed down the possible locations—using EliteMeetings.com’s handy search engine of course—and now it’s time to take the final, in-depth look at your top two or three venues. Though nothing beats a real, live site

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5 Tips to Better Tweeting

I tweet, therefore I am. While one might nitpick over the existential certainty of that statement, the fact remains that Twitter has become one of this young century's most exciting new channels for human expression, with 288 million monthly users

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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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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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Better Business Writing: Short & Sweet

You have something to say. You want to get it into somebody else's brain. You write it down. You deliver it. Mission accomplished? Not so fast—especially if the text looks as thick, heavy, and impenetrable as a brick wall. Here's an editor's

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Secrets of a Master Networker

Oprah mapped out her future on a napkin while on a date at Hamburger Hamlet. Spielberg cooked up the idea for DreamWorks while socializing at a White House state dinner. And I went from answering phones to staging high-profile events for the

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Deals on Wheels: Mercedes’ Self-Driving “Boardroom”

It's event day. Go time. You've got three anxious passengers crammed into your rental car and a strange city to navigate. Everybody's stressed. Wouldn't it be great to beam out to a boardroom right now? And a latte? Mercedes-Benz feels your

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The $70,000 Minimum Wage

Plenty of hotel and events workers throughout California were on the front lines when the "Fight for 15" movement failed to convince legislators to nudge the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. As it turned out, they'll have to wait until next year to

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The No. 1 Trick to Supercharged Business Writing

Whether you tweet, email, or grind out reports, you can supercharge your words if you follow one universal law: Write in the active rather than passive voice. Give it a try. To start, jot down a sentence using passive verbs. You can fix it

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4 Must-See TED Talks for Planners

You might have missed this year's TED conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre—more than 90 speakers over five days ending March 20. That's where some of the world's most engaged and engaging minds meet to present their thoughts on how to make

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Wine App — titude

    Fine wines can be a real puzzler for meeting planners unprepared to parse the many nuances of ordering, pairing, purchasing, and savoring the various fruits of the vine. Vivino, a robust little wine app, can help. Simply snap a

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Peer Genius: Advice for New Meeting Planners

“Build solid relationships with your partners. As planners, we dream up how everything will look, sound, and taste, and then work with our partners to create that reality. Inevitably, something will happen to challenge that vision—a thunderstorm will

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Apps Every Planner Will Love

I recently started with a new company, and as excited as I am to be at a new place, I am even more excited to learn cool new things. Of course it’s great to learn shortcuts and better planning practices, but here’s what really excites me: apps that

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10 Tech Tools to Boost Your Productivity

As meeting planners, we have to be extremely organized and efficient—but, of course, you already knew that! When you add business travel to the mix, the task becomes even more difficult. While onsite recently with a client prior to the event kickoff,

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Going Social: 5 Things You Should Be Doing

We’re in a highly social, face-to-face season. That got me thinking a lot about other ways of being social—social media, for instance. Its influence is epic. With social media driving marketing, branding, and meetings and events, what is the best way

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Eco-Minded Planning

Kermit the Frog lamented, “It’s not that easy being green.” That may be true for Kermit and his particular brand of greenness, but it doesn’t have to be that way for green meetings. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are terms

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5 Apps Every Meeting Planner Should Have

Technology is here, there, everywhere! I consider myself a moderate user of the evolving tech world. I know enough to get around, but I’m certainly not the type to camp out for days to get the latest model of a phone. I certainly cannot intelligently

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