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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Are you Fee-ling it?

fee

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[...]

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, FEE!

hotel fees

Whenever and wherever we take our meetings to, we know that there will be fees and surcharges involved. Some such charges we have become accustomed to. While, some tend to make us scratch our head about, and others just make us a bit perturbed. 2016 is looking to be a banner year for rising hotel[...]

Budgets on Track

budgets

Budgets are a tricky deal. Little things add up, big things end up costing more than expected and then there are the surprises that catch us off guard. Before you head in to plan your future events’ budgets, take these few points to task! Review and Revise: You know the ole sacred cow issue, if[...]

Win Big with One Billion Dollars!

“Wow!” This was my reaction when I opened up an email from Roger Helms, founder of HelmsBriscoe, stating that our total bookings in 2014 came to over one billion dollars. One billion dollars! No one has delivered a billion dollars in room revenue in one year ever before. I have been with this company for[...]

ROI for Sponsors and Exhibitors

A few months ago I wrote about a plan for ensuring that the ever-important ROI happens for your event. If your events include sponsors and exhibitors, their ROI greatly affects your ROI! They look to you to create opportunities for them that will make it worth their while to be a part of your event.[...]

Conference Truths

Conference Truths

I came across this quite funny list from Buzzfeed the other day; 33 Things Every Conference Attendee Knows To Be True.  If you notice, actual attendees of the Northeast Festival & Conference compiled the list. While some of these items are beyond a meeting planner’s control, some could actual get a little bit closer to[...]

Capturing the Elusive Meeting Spend

Have you heard the saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none?” Well, when it comes to meeting planners, the saying should be “Jack (or Jill!) of all trades and master of all you survey!” Am I right or am I right? Yes, my dear meeting planners, you not only have to be super creative[...]

Be a Tip-ster

You may have heard that TIPS was originally an acronym for To Insure Prompt Service. You may even have heard that tips were once given before service; the bigger the tip given up front, the better the service expected.  According to Snopes, however, the word “tips” actually “slipped into the language as underworld slang, with[...]

Who Can Take on the Tasks at Hand? Part 2

Last week I shared with you some helpful helpers; those who can assist, do odd jobs and help you shine on line.  Today we are going to look at a couple more people who can help you make your event a super success! The Visual Aide(s): Yes, you could make your own videos, take your[...]

Negotiation Time

According to a recent article: Average daily hotel rates will likely increase 3.2 percent throughout next year. Increases will vary by market, with the top business destinations able to command much higher prices. Meetings and events spending continues to grow, with an average 4.8 percent increase expected in cost per attendee, per day, along with[...]