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Jill Stone

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Oh Nuts, Budget Cuts


Meeting planners are often called to do a whole lot with less – thank goodness we are rather miraculous and savvy beings! Here are some great ideas for how to stretch the dollars when you are in an oh-nuts-budget-cuts situation. Shop Around: Talk to several vendors so you get a feel for pricing. Make sure[...]

The (Correct) Envelope, Please


Oh my, the Oscars – the glitter, the glam, the stars, the lights, and last but certainly not least, the SHOES – it’s an evening that is well planned and well executed each year. Yes, you know where I am going here, for even Oscar has a few blemishes and we all witnessed it last[...]

We’ve Got Is(shoes)


As a group, we meeting planners definitely have our share of is(shoes).  Most notably, how often, how much and how many places our shoes have walked! Before the event we will walk in the shoes of our attendees to: Make sure room accommodations are well appointed, and that VIP suites are up to snuff. Walk[...]

The Inauguration Got Me Thinking . . .


An event such as an inauguration, especially one so controversial as the most recent one, got me thinking about what it must be like for those that plan this type of event. Though most of us will not be planning anything controversial or as fraught with security concerns, there are some lessons for us planners[...]

Trending Never Sleeps


As leaders in the meetings industry we are called to keep up on the trends. Trends come and go, some hang out for a few days and others enjoy a bit more stickiness, like the Pokemon phenomenon and the Mannequin Challenge. Check out this Audience Mannequin Challenge courtesy of TEDxGatewayArch. Recently I shared some trends[...]

New Year New Plan

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It’s a New Year! A time when we take stock of the year before and head into a innovative fresh outlook on how we do what we do and how to do so in a better way. I came upon this thought from Successful Meetings and it really got me thinking. The suggestion is that[...]

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out

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FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out, is real! In event world, it can be a real way to gain attendees now and later. Here are some ways to create a draw with FOMO. We’re Having So Much Fun! Make sure your network is engaged before, during and after your event. Who are your influencers,[...]

Are you Fee-ling it?


Probably. Sometimes we meeting planners fee-l it; paying fee after fee after fee. We find ourselves asking – Do I have to pay them? Is there room for negotiation? Why so many fees? Let’s explore the world of fees. Resort-ful: Even if you do not plan to use the pool or gym, these fees could[...]

Beware of Trolls


Happy Halloween! The movie Trolls will be in theaters next month. I for one will be taking the grandkids to check it out! I’m also excited that one of my most favorite songs, Can’t Stop the Feeling, by Justin Timberlake will be featured. Don’t get me wrong, Justin does a fine job, but I have[...]

OMG FYI TMI: Acronym Overload


So the other day I was contacted by the CSM concerning an RFP from a CMP. They had some questions about the F&B and AV J Since some of may be experiencing FOMO (JK!) with this acronym overload, although I’m sure you are familiar with most of these, I wanted to make sure you were[...]