M&C Hot Ideas

Daily Hot Idea

What's Your Handle?

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 19,2017
This accessory makes lugging and identifying your bag a snap.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

No-Sweat Sweaters

Stay cool and comfortable in these lightweight layers.

Just the Essentials

Reset and recharge (4 of 4): Tuck these handy essential-oil combos in your suitcase.
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

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.
Decor

Taking Al Fresco Indoors

This picnic has everything but the ants.

Give Your Table Its Own Mantra

Reset and recharge (2 of 4): Create a zen-inspired vibe with this earthy décor idea.
Entertainment

Loud and Clear

This portable speaker jazzes up any event.

These Tables Have Real Legs

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

Move Over, Red Bull

Reset and recharge (1 of 4): Deliver more than just caffeine drinks at your next break.

Posh Nosh

These late-night treats will encourage sweet dreams.
Gifts

What's Your Handle?

This accessory makes lugging and identifying your bag a snap.

Attendees Get Tight on These Screwdrivers

Put your logo on this handy keychain tool accessory.
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.
Incentives

And the Winner Is…

These one-of-a-kind experiences make singular rewards.

Tailored Incentive

This reward will "suit" your winners.
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

Wet and Wild

Even your most jaded adventurers will love this novel water sport.

Quality Face Time

This service makes getting headshots a snap.
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.
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

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.
Staffing

Hop to It

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

Recipes for Team Building

This activity uses food to bring people together.

Literal Team Building

This group activity leads to a "towering" achievement.
Technology

Any USB Port in a Storm

This router goes everywhere and packs a lot into a tiny size.

Picture Perfect

This tiny photo printer works right off your phone.
Theme

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

These Giveaways Are for Suckers

Delectable candy "pops" make great event swag.

The Sound of Silence

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

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.
Travel

These Socks Are Made for Walking

This fashionable footwear is good for feet and legs, too.

Child-Friendly State Guides

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

Features

Top 10 Meetings Innovations

Our third annual edition of this special report finds a fresh crop of significant concepts and tools beginning to make waves in the meetings industry.

New Hotels Opening in 2017

Here are the details of exciting new hotels opening this year from Seattle, Wash., to Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Meeting Contracts in a Time of Flux

M&C’s panel of legal experts discusses today’s hot-button issues, including the potential impact of the incoming Trump administration.

Say Hello to These Nightmare Attendees

M&C readers recount temper tantrums, annoying requests, lewd behavior and more.  

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: Do Planners Document Cost Savings? (Video)

We asked planners how often they report savings for meetings.

30 Seconds to Smart: The Importance of Cost-Containment to Planners (Video)

We asked planners how they prioritize cost-cutting when it comes to meeting planning.

30 Seconds to Smart: 2017 vs. 2016 Meeting Budgets (Video)

We asked planners how they expect their overall meeting budgets to change year-over-year.

Will Trump Hinder Meetings?

Many respondents to M&C's latest poll worry that the new administration will deter visitors to the U.S.