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3 Great Ideas from the Top Summer Festivals

Summer festival organizers know how to build a passionately loyal following. Here are some ideas from three top events.
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Channeling Steve McQueen for Mind-Blowing Event Stunts

Needless to say, car racing or simply having sporty cars at events adds a certain element of action.
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Learn From Saturday Night Live How to Play to Attendee Preferences

Thanks to current politics, Saturday Night Live has been on a roll in 2017.
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Multitasking Made Easy with Lessons from 3 Celebrity Go-Getters

Meeting planners should make sure that they have all the app equivalents of the programs they use most on their computers.

Meeting Design Tips for Silencing the “Deniers”

Green meetings are on the rise, the verdict is still out on whether they, and other global sustainability initiatives, can help catch the rising tides.
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Event Planner Career Hacks From the Rolling Stones

All of the members of the Rolling Stones have followed similar trajectories, going solo, producing music for other starts and performing for worthwhile project such as Live Aid.
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Money-Saving Event Tech Ideas from HBO’s Silicon Valley

With content management systems such as WordPress, planners can save a ton of money creating their own event websites.
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Yes, Mother: 3 Meeting Budget Tips from Popular TV Moms

Meeting planners who have a do-it-yourself attitude and get creative by, say, using colorful food displays as centerpieces are invaluable.
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3 Special Event Ideas from Your Favorite Movies

Local convention and visitors bureaus are a great source of ideas for sites such as abandoned bases, building sites, old dockyards, empty airplane hangars.
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These 3 Kids’ Movies Teach Adults About Teamwork

In Toy Story, all the toys in the box drew on their unique strengths to accomplish whatever they set out to do.
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3 Television Characters for Embracing the Control Freak in You

But a control freak’s need to de-clutter his or her environment leads to enhanced focus and efficiency.
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Meeting Business Survival in 5 Human Evolution Milestones

By being flexible with destinations and dates, planners can offer groups top-notch events at half the price.

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo to Political Policy Battles

Tips from Cinderella’s sidekicks for launching a staunch “boo” at ill-fated political banter.
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Why Using Robots at Events Can Be a Bad, Bad Thing

Planners risk the possibility of feeling a glimpse of that loss of control at events, as robots and drones can be difficult to maneuver.
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Video Tips for Planners From YouTube’s Most Viral Videos

Rather than a cold and formal narrator, use a regular, relatable guy (or gal) that your audience wants to become friends with.
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3 Lessons on Teamwork from Good Will Hunting

"Why does he hang out with those retarded gorillas? Because any one of them, if he asked them to, would take a bat to their head. That’s called loyalty."
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Willy Wonka-isms for the Eating-Networking Meetings Matrix

No one ever talks about the best ways to exchange business ideas while simultaneously dipping strawberries into a Wonka-esque chocolate fountain.

How to Create a Full Frontal Brainstorming Session

In short, creative brainstorming sessions require unabashed full frontal thinking.

Whoops-a-Daisy: THE Improv Tip We Can Glean from the Oscars Debacle

Now that the shock has worn off, let’s see what we can learn from this mother of all whoops-a-daisy Oscar moments.
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Big Brands Bring It When It Comes to Pre-Arrival Experiences (and So Can You)

Subscribers who receive welcome messages from a brand show 33 percent more long-term engagement with that company.
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3 Theme Party Ideas from Rock Concerts

Work with your event planner to create a focal point for your theme party. Not only can you use it for promotion, but it will help keep the event in the minds of attendees long after it ends.

Customize Event Invitations With Tips From 1920s Good Housekeeping

Sure, we could have skimmed through the depths of Martha Stewart's blog for decoupage ideas but where's the fun in that?
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Approach Networking Like an Anthropologist (and Celebrate Black History Month at the Same Time)

Shyer attendees can apply the 1-2-3 rule by approaching people who are standing by themselves first because they will be the most welcoming.
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3 Things Planners Can Learn About Sponsorships From the Super Bowl

Think of your sponsors as the spokespersons for your event and partner with them every way you can, from including them in planning focus groups or committees to having them hand out awards

4 Melissa McCarthy Roles Offer Tips for Crowdsourcing Like a Boss

She’s on a roll. Whether jive talkin’ as a TV fortune evangelist or headlining some of the brilliant political spoofs of “Saturday Night Live.”

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