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Rocky Picture Show

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 26,2016
Stones are the stars of this group activity.

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Chic Charger

This charger banishes bulky cords.

Snooze, You Win

This gift combo ensures a restful night's sleep.

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.

Morticia Addams Would Love This

Welcome Autumn (4 of 5): This goth décor accessory adds a dramatic note.

Cruciferous Centerpieces

Welcome Autumn (1 of 5): This tabletop trend elevates humble veggies.

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

Custom Crunch

These adult versions of childhood treats will delight attendees.

Liquid Heat

Welcome Autumn (5 of 5): This fall cocktail will instantly warm up guests.

Chic Charger

This charger banishes bulky cords.

Dressed for Success: Your iPhone

A unique design makes this accessory a standout in a purse or bag.
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.

Rocky Picture Show

Stones are the stars of this group activity.

Plant This Activity Idea

This DIY project makes going green easy.
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.

Dressed for Success: Your iPhone

A unique design makes this accessory a standout in a purse or bag.

Don't Be a Loser

This app will keep phones and keys from going AWOL.

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.


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M&C's second annual listing spotlights high achievers determined to better their profession and the world at large.

Planners' Favorite Event Themes

Creative ideas from M&C readers ranging from basketball to visitors from outer space.

Invasion of European "Lifestyle" Hotels

These new properties are stylish, affordable and ideally suited for smaller creative collaborations.

VIDEO Behind the Scenes: How M&C Selects the Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry

Editor-in-chief Loren Edelstein shares the criteria for inclusion in this inspirational annual feature.


How Planners Find Inspiring Themes

A new poll finds meeting professionals getting inspiration on creative event motifs from myriad sources.

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30 Seconds to Smart: Security at Convention Centers, Airports (Video)

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