Performance

Feeling Sluggish? Check Your Office Lighting

It hardly takes a TED Talk to appreciate the impact of lighting on our workday. Simply unchain yourself from your ill-lit cube or windowless day cave, grab a go-cup at the office trough and stroll through the joint. Why do the bosses’ offices feel so

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Toxic Coworker? Expert Advice on Rising Above

One of the tragic truisms of happy hour is that so many of us spend it venting to kindred souls our frustration at the toxic coworkers among us who seem intent on disrupting the flow and clogging the gears of what could be our well-oiled machine. For

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Hospitality Leaders Share Secrets of 5-Star Service

Wouldn’t it be great to have the wisdom of the world’s best customer service savants at your fingertips? Micah Solomon thought so, too. What’s more, as a world-leading customer service trainer, speaker and consultant himself, as well as a regular

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10 Simple Ways to Boost Brain Power

Full confession upfront: I spent the past summer bouncing between spit-take laughter and tiny-hair-tinging creep-outs while thoroughly enjoying the timely, audacious CBS TV political satire, “BrainDead.” In it, a Capitol Hill underling who works for

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Event Challenges & Opportunities: The Purple Paper

What is great about the events industry? What are the key challenges we should be worried about? What can the events industry do to realize the holy grail of the collaborative economy? These were just a few of the questions posed to 28 industry

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Your Business Voice: Wimpy or Winning?

Your voice is a powerful tool when you speak for business; it has the power to give you gravitas and create a winning professional image.  It also has the power to jeopardize your credibility, especially if you sound weak or “wimpy." Here are some

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The Downside of Upspeak and Vocal Fry

Warning: Upspeak and vocal fry could hinder your career. If you're like me, you just tried to say that sentence aloud using both vocal inflections and found you can't. They're contradictory; the first flips everything up an octave into a question

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Mind Your Manners: 7 Tips for Better Business in China

Cultural gaffes are easy to make, long remembered and difficult to undo, thus my desire to avoid them. As the planning business can take you just about anywhere in the world, handling yourself politely and in a culturally sensitive manner is an

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