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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

We’ve Got Is(shoes)

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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[...]

Be Mine

Valentine's

Valentine’s Day is on its way. People will express their love to their partners, children and friends . . . and some of us may even express our love to our careers. Meeting Planners love what they do; it’s a career of passion. What do us planners love most? My thoughts: Meet Me: Virtual meetings[...]

Callin’ Jill Stone

Jill Stone

Happy Holidays! Among the time-honored traditions of the season is a special carol by yours truly. Enjoy!

You Must Be a Meeting Planner . . .

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Meeting Planners are a different breed. They have skill sets that like none other. Meeting Planners are ultra-organized, detail-oriented, super-active, forward-thinking, forever-curious and beyond-amazing, and due to this they are crazy-busy. Here are some more lighthearted ways to know that “You Must Be a Meeting Planner.” If you are looking forward to jury duty, You[...]

Negotiate!

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Do this, enter the word “Negotiate” into Google, then click on images. Most of what comes up are images of handshakes. In other words, this is what negotiation leads to – a deal that you seal with a handshake, or as we like to call it in the Meetings biz, a contract. To be an[...]

A Salute to the Star (aka Me)

We are each the star of our own worlds, but it’s so nice when others consider you a star of their world as well. I recently had a shining moment when I was recognized for my outstanding contributions to my local MPI chapter, SLAMPI. I joined the Special Events Committee and, thanks to my hotel[...]

My New Office and Home

My New Office and Home

This past weekend I accomplished moving (she says with a big sigh of relief). All boxes have been successfully moved from Hillsboro, Missouri to 23 some odd miles north to Fenton, Missouri. I love it in my new home. So far friendly new neighbors have stopped by to visit, I’ve discovered the joy of being[...]

A Hotelier’s View: How Hotels See Third Party Planners

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I recently caught up with Kris Keesling at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. She is my contact at the hotel, and was an integral part in creating a win-win meeting for one of my clients. We chatted about the industry, her hotel and third party planners (aka me). Here is what Kris had to share with[...]

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Love the lyrics (below)? Check out the new holiday classic: “Do You Hear” Video!   Said the VP to the meeting planner, Do you plan what I need? I need to have an awesome meeting planned. Do you plan what I need? Why yes, I do, lucky, lucky you! I will plan that meeting and[...]

Out Outsourcing, In Insupporting

Certain words and phrases, despite their original meanings, have taken on different meanings over time.  For example, did you know that the word awful used to mean to inspire wonder and it now means terrible or horrible.  Bully once meant good fellow or darling, now it is someone to absolutely avoid! This has sort of[...]