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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.

Are Hidden Travel Fees Taking a Bite Out of Your Planning Budget?

Hidden travel fees are on the rise from every direction, with recent estimates from IdeaWorks showing a near $68 billion annual profit for global airlines just from ancillary fees.
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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.
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6 Things to Do Before Launching Virtual Events

Virtual events can quickly get boring for attendees, so keep them engaged by using images and video clips or asking questions throughout your presentation.

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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Thoughtful Contracts Can Protect Against Zika Damages

“In our case, Zika did not fall under force majeure. We ended up staying with our original resort and moving the meeting to September, which is the end of winter there."
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Meet the Person Who Is Undoubtedly Missing from Your Conference 

Staff can even bring their hobbies to the event program by teaching a pre-event yoga class or encouraging attendees to “paint” event topics that bring relevancy and creativity to the event.
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5 Tips to Find Personal Branding Success

While interacting will help get attention for your personal brand, so will creating communities related to your professional industry.

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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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
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Navigating the World of Travel Bans & Boycotts

No matter what side of the political argument you and your group supports, the key thing that all meetings industry professionals can do is monitor policy issues that impact the industry.

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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3 Ethics Lessons for Meeting Planners from The Godfather

Channel Marlon Brando if you must and realize that there is always a solution. Don't offend the individual who put you in the stressful situation or freak out on those who can help you get out of it.
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Not to Go All Gung Haggis Fat Choy on You, But…

If the Chinese New Year is too much to celebrate, maybe Gung Haggis Fat Choy will be more up your alley.
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3 F&B Lessons Planners Can Learn From Eataly

Today's meeting attendee, just like the Eataly customer, is increasingly sophisticated and has the same high expectations.

Navigate the Personalities of Clients With Tips From 2016’s Best Fiction Novels

Advice from the fiction novels of five of 2016’s bestselling authors on understanding and navigating your way through the good, bad and ugly of human behavior.
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Carrie Fisher’s One-Liners Translate into Marketing Wisdom for Independent Planners

“Even in space, there’s a double standard.”
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3 Takeaways from The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert

Social media isn't an option any more, it's a natural extension of your meeting brand.
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Alan Thicke’s Advice on Work-Life Balance

“We are humans. There is a finite end to this life, and we’re all going to face it and a little silliness can help.”
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5 Holiday Songs to Loosen Up the Scrooge at Your Office Party

Leave it to John Lennon and Yoko Ono to turn a war protest song into a Christmas classic.
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3 Meeting Planning Lessons From “It’s a Wonderful Life”

You have the power to create an event that leaves attendees forever changed.

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