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This Hoodie Is a Goody

by Barbara Peterson | September 28,2016
This cozy travel jacket has pockets for just about everything.

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

This Hoodie Is a Goody

This cozy travel jacket has pockets for just about everything.

Look Ma, No Wrinkles!

This versatile knit is the perfect travel accessory.

Web University

These free online classes can help you move up the ladder.

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.

Lifting Spirits

This team-building activity delivers smiles to sick children.

Cultivating Team Spirit

Celebrating spring (2 of 5): This group activity beautifies neighborhoods.
Corporate Social Responsibility

Gift of Giving

This five-minute CSR program makes attendee participation convenient.

VIDEO: Take Paws

This creative meeting break will have attendees barking for more.

Seats of Power

This furniture does double duty.

Watch a Pattern Unfold

This eye-catching décor idea is on-trend.

These Tables Have Real Legs

Colorful strolling servers will give your guests something to talk about.

Your Own Private Paparazzi

This incentive add-on delivers lasting memories.
Food and Beverage

Get Trailer Trashed!

This vintage bar car can make any location a party.

They Will Lap Up Your Brand

These custom tea bags will leave a lasting taste -- and message.

You Can See Clearly Now

This spray keeps glasses clear on cold days.

Use Protection!

This chic, ultra-durable bag will protect tablets from dings.
Green Meetings

P.C. Picnics

Sustainable party supplies are a smart alternative for catering needs.

Trays From Trees

Celebrating spring (4 of 5): This tableware puts eco-friendliness on a platter.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

Does your summertime conference meet with chronically low attendance? Next year, try this.

Tailored Incentive

This reward will "suit" your winners.

Cycle Camp

Consider this sporty gift for your organization's top "climbers."

How Convenient: Half-Day Room Rates

Book a hotel room for just a morning or afternoon.

Easy Find

Book a boardroom at the last minute with this Expedia of event spaces.

Savvy Scanner

This time-saving app is great for trade shows and networking events.

Flash Dance

Kick off your event with crowd choreography.

Toss Your Beans

This simple game can be enjoyed by everyone in your group.
Social Networking

Brighter Snaps

This app makes dim, blurry low-light photos a thing of the past.

Silent Disco

Keep the volume low but the energy high with this hot party trend.

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

App Class

Help attendees break down the tech barrier with this savvy speaker.
Special Events

Must-Have App for Wine Lovers

This free tool lets you book wine-themed events around the world.  

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

Hop to It

Is D-Day for your event nearing? Hire extra hands to help tackle your to-do list.
Team Building

Literal Team Building

This group activity leads to a "towering" achievement.

Cook Up Some Fun

Give groups a lively, delicious activity via hands-on culinary lessons.

Don't Be a Loser

This app will keep phones and keys from going AWOL.

Attention Photo Hoarders

This backup tool stores your digital snaps and frees up space.

Pop-Up French Market

Transport your attendees with this chic continental theme.

When Cold Becomes Cool

This icy theme can perk up a midwinter meeting.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

Attendees will enjoy wearing these funky washable ink "photos."
Trade Shows

The Sound of Silence

Attendees will appreciate a quiet respite from the meeting room or show floor.

Sustainable Drinking

Trade Show Giveaways (4 of 4): These eco-friendly coasters are stylish and practical.

Uber for Groups

Give attendees a ticket to ride with this special promotion.

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.

Child-Friendly State Guides

Bringing the family to your meeting? These books will spark kids' excitement.

Smart Toothbrush

This gift will help recipients keep those pearly whites gleaming.


2016 Salary Survey

M&C's biennial look at salaries and job satisfaction for association, corporate and independent/third-party meeting planners.

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Planners' Favorite Cost-Cutting Tips

M&C readers offer their best budget-saving strategies on A/V, F&B, venues and more.


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We asked planners if they are worried in light of recent events.

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