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time, time management, free time, TED Talk, Laura Vanderkam, Inspiration Hub

How to Manipulate Time to Your Advantage

“Over the long run we have the power to fill our lives with the things that deserve to be there.”
New Year's, New Year's resolution, What I Know

My New Year’s Resolution Is…

Meeting planners share their New Year's resolutions and how it can impact their life in the hospitality and meetings industries.
Dominika Fudala, Meeting Design Institute, meeting design, meeting trends, meeting tools, The Shakedown

How the Meeting Design Institute Shakes Up Meeting Trends

"Meeting planners need to focus on how to do more meetings with less travel and out-of-the-office time."
Tech Trends, Inspiration Hub, Corbin Ball, meetings technology, technology trends, event technology

3 Tech Trends to Takeover Meetings in 2017

Face recognition systems are already available to determine someone’s gender, age, ethnicity and even mood.
Karen Shackman, mindful meetings, wellness meetings, Shackman Associates New York, meditation yoga

Why Mindful Meetings Are the Next Big Thing

"Meditation experts suggest that the most ideal time to meditate is post-workout."
future generation, advice, meetings advice, What I Know

My Advice to the Future Generation Is…

"Steve Jobs—truth be told—was only strong at a few things (mega-strong) and was very wise to always surround himself with people that could see and do things he couldn't."
Meeting Design Institute, Meeting Design Toolbox, meeting design, meeting tools

3 Technical Tools to Put in Your Meeting Design Toolbox

The microphone is designed to enhance audience engagement because it can be tossed from participant to participant, creating more interactions.
LGBT meetings, diverse meetings, minority attendees, LGBT-friendly meetings

3 Simple Ways to Create More Welcoming, Diverse Events

Here are three simple ways to make your event more welcoming for LGBT and minority attendees.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, event personalization, big data, Freeman,

Enhance Event Personalization Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

At the very core, attendees have basic human needs that need to be satisfied before moving to the next step.
What I Know, diversity, meeting planner confessions, meeting diversity, diverse meetings

I Have Anticipated Diversity By…

In this What I Know, industry professionals discuss how they've anticipated diversity.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, Marriott, Millennial Committee, millennials, millennial meetings, San Diego

San Diego Marriott’s Millennial Committee Engages Younger Attendees

"We created a small honeybee safe haven located on our South Tower’s third-floor rooftop."
Shane Cragun, melt rate, meeting relevancy, Whole Brain Model, SweetmanCragun, The Shakedown

Stay Relevant: How to Keep Your Event from Melting

Keep your event from melting by addressing three key meeting elements: attendance, enthusiasm and exciting topics.
Mentors, Mentoring Events, Network Under the Stars, Jackie Brown, Freeman

How Mentoring Events Can Shape the Future of Meetings

Forming a mentor-mentee partnership can be beneficial to both parties.
John Tanzella, Diversity, LGBT Tourism, Diverse Meetings, LGBT Meetings, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, IGLTA

How Meeting Planners Can Accommodate LGBT Tourism

"We recommend that meeting planners speak directly to potential host hotels about their experiences with LGBT groups and the diversity training their staff has had to ensure a high comfort level for attendees."
Lauren Melnick, Poppin, The Shakedown, event branding, event swag, branding, marketing

The Power of Swag: How to Successfully Incorporate Branding at Events

"If you’re a technology company, why give out lollipops or a tin of paper clips? Event giveaways should be relevant to both your company and your audience."
What I Know, meeting planner confessions, creative events, creative meetings

The Most Creative Event I Have Ever Produced Was…

In this meeting planner confession, planners share their most creative events to date.
Jim McMichael, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Expect Diversity, LGBT community, LGBT attendees, LGBT-friendly meetings, LGBT-friendly destinations

Why Las Vegas Appeals to LGBT Attendees

Las Vegas is one of the key destinations with dedicated staff working to attract and serve LGBT meetings and events.
Thomas Roth, Community Marketing & Insights, Expect Diversity, LGBT-friendly events, LGBT market

What to Consider When Planning for the LGBT Market

Thomas Roth give advice to meeting planners who want to accommodate a more diverse audience.
Liz King, engaging millennials, managing stress, millennials, Liz King Events, millennial voices

How to Manage Stress & Engage Millennials

Liz King, CEO of Liz King Events, weighs in on how she manages stress and engages millennials.
Marije Vogelzang, food revolution, food design, F&B, food and beverage

Joining the Food Revolution One Event at a Time

The combination of food abundance and food problems increases the need for creative spirits now more than ever.
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, convention center, exhibition center, public spaces

How to Make the Most of Your Convention Center’s Public Space

Are you making the most of the public spaces surrounding your event?
Guy Young, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

How River Cruising Works for Incentive Travel

"Cruising, including river cruising, has never been more popular among consumers, and we’re finding a growing market in incentive travel clients as well."
Wikimedia Diversity Conference 2016, diversity, diverse meetings

10 Tips for Finding More Diverse Speakers

Inviting people from all career stages will greatly increase gender and ethnic diversity.
David Paisley, LGBT Tourism, LGBT meetings, Community Marketing Insights, CMI

Trends in the LGBT Tourism Market

"LGBT meeting planners do care about the LGBT–friendly reputation of hotels and destinations they choose for their meetings."

What I Needed to Unlearn…

In this meeting planner confession, planners share what they needed to learn, or often unlearn, both professionally and personally.

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