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Make a Human Map

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 28,2015
Break the ice for far-flung attendees with this fun group activity.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

You, Too, Can Prevent Screen Squinting

Keep glasses within easy reach with this smart mobile-phone case.

Coffee Lovers: Chill Out!

Haute Brews (5 of 5): Enjoy iced coffee anytime with this handy gadget.
Career

Web University

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

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.
Charity

Gifts for a Cause

These monthly gifts satisfy in two ways.

Interactive Giving

Give donors a say in what charity to support.
Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Central

Stumped on how to give back? Check out this clearinghouse for volunteer activities.

Savvy Skill Set

This unique fund-raising model is ideal for miniscule budgets.
Decor

Build Your Own Centerpieces

These kits encourage interaction and teamwork.

Sustainable Flower Finder

Use this website to source florists who work with U.S.-grown blooms.
Entertainment

Entertainment in the Wet Zone

These graceful swimmers add pizzazz to pool parties.

Spokes People

Guests provide their own pedal power with this unique transportation idea.
Food and Beverage

Favorite Food Carts

Groups will love this quirky break or reception idea.

Lo-Cal Spritzers

This sparkling wine beverage will appeal to the waist-watchers in your group.
Gifts

Heavenly Aromatic Gift

You’ll want to keep this stress-relieving item for yourself.

Coffee Lovers: Chill Out!

Haute Brews (5 of 5): Enjoy iced coffee anytime with this handy gadget.
Green Meetings

Calculate Your Carbon Emission

Use this free tool to estimate an event’s carbon impact.

Sustainable Flower Finder

Use this website to source florists who work with U.S.-grown blooms.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

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

Rank and Recognition

These handcrafted awards double as works of art.  

Into the Wood

This incentive gift card isn't made of plastic.
Negotiation

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.
Networking

Savvy Scanner

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

Make a Human Map

Break the ice for far-flung attendees with this fun group activity.

Plan-It-Yourself City Guides

Use this service to create bespoke destination maps for your group.
Social Networking

Virtual Graffiti Wall

This interactive screen is a great ice-breaker.

Instagram for Events

Add a real-time photo slide show to liven up receptions and breakout sessions.
Speakers

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

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

Farm and Fork

Bring the outside in with this green event theme.
Staffing

Hop to It

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

VIDEO: This Contest Runs Hot and Cold

Attendees vie to make s'mores in a fire pit.

Canned Challenge

Here's how one company turned food donations into a team-building event.
Technology

Virtual Graffiti Wall

This interactive screen is a great ice-breaker.

VIDEO: A Real Charge Card

VIDEO: It fits in a wallet for power on the go.
Theme

Party Pop

Delight attendees with this clever event theme.

Hands On

Creative Theming (Part 5 of 5): Get attendees involved with do-it-yourself elements.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

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

Payment App

App Happy (1 of 3): Use this app to collect payments anytime, anywhere. 

Fully Charged

Appease sponsors and attendees with this sure-to-be-popular kiosk.
Transportation

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.

Pool Pitch

Meet Green (Part 4 of 5): Cut down on transportation with carpooling.
Travel

Smart Toothbrush

This gift will help recipients keep those pearly whites gleaming.

Travel-Friendly Cocktail Kit

Here's a new-fangled take on old-fashioneds.

Features

How to Negotiate in a Seller's Market

In an improved economy, hotels once more have the edge in contract negotiations. But there still are ways to get what your group really needs, outlined here.

Why Airport Hotels Are Flying High

Unlike the no-frills venues of yore, airport hotels have evolved into first-class destination resorts with superior event facilities. Here are some of the best.

When Your Hotel Cancels

It can happen. While legal remedies are limited, here are ways to mitigate the damage and still pull off a successful event.

Best Places to Work in the Meetings Industry

M&C's popular annual feature highlights how some of the most progressive and iconic companies in the meetings/hospitality universe put their employees...

Research

Where Do Hotels Go Wrong?

Planners sound off about how satisfied they are with their host hotels.

Planners to Hoteliers: Here's What You Could Do Better

Verbatim comments from Meetings & Conventions' hotels survey.

Should Politics Matter?

Should politics matter in site selection? A controversial new law in Arkansas prompts M&C's latest planner poll.

Meeting in a Politically Charged Atmosphere

Readers share comments on destinations that pass laws that some citizens perceive as discriminatory.
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