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Portable Power

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 09,2015
Stash these multifunctional chargers in your travel bag.
Budget

VIDEO: Don't Skip the Small Talk

VIDEO: This tip will help lead to fruitful business relationships.

VIDEO: Low-Cost Value-Adds

Work with your hotel for extras that delight.
Career

Time-Management Trick

Get more done with this simple concentration technique.

Career Maker

Demonstrate your value to the company with this smart tip.
Charity

Bag Tags for a Cause

These distinctive luggage tags help fight the war against sex-trafficking.

Charity Checker

Check out this site before making a donation.
Corporate Social Responsibility

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

VIDEO: This tech tip helps save money and does good.

Paper Saver

Click here to find out how outsourcing locally can make cents.
Decor

VIDEO: In Stock

VIDEO: How a hotel's inventory can help cut your costs.

VIDEO: Sign of the Times

VIDEO: Use this trick to save on signage.
Entertainment

Sticky Speakers

These portable gadgets will provide great sound anywhere.

Grow Your Band

One band. Three experiences.
Food and Beverage

Affordable German Wines

Serve dry Rieslings at your next event.

Hold-All Plates

This dish is perfect for standing receptions.
Gifts

Sketch Artist

This notebook turns paper art into digital art

Bag Tags for a Cause

These distinctive luggage tags help fight the war against sex-trafficking.
Green Meetings

VIDEO: Tidy Savings

VIDEO: Be green and save green with this hotel request.

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

VIDEO: This tech tip helps save money and does good.
Incentives

Doing Time

If you plan resort meetings or incentives every year, this tip could save you thousands.

Good Timing

When the incentive travel budget drops, consider this.
Negotiation

VIDEO: Don't Skip the Small Talk

VIDEO: This tip will help lead to fruitful business relationships.

VIDEO: Let the Talks Begin

VIDEO: Here's one big tip for hotel contract negotiations.
Off Site Venues

Bar Bargain

Score a big-name venue without the big price tag.

Ballpark vs. Ballroom

This event idea can cut costs by as much as 50 percent.
Programming

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.

Easy Shopping

This free site brings vendors to you.
Speakers

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.

Reality Star Power

Hire a reality cast member for budget-friendly entertainment.
Special Events

Double-Duty Celebration

Add recognition elements to your holiday soiree.

Sit Where the Tree Tells You

This tip adds elegance to seating-card displays.
Sponsors

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.

VIDEO: Double Up

VIDEO: This request can help cut hotel service costs.
Staffing

Affordable German Wines

Serve dry Rieslings at your next event.

VIDEO: Don't Skip the Small Talk

VIDEO: This tip will help lead to fruitful business relationships.
Team Building

DIY Team Building

Try these low-cost activity kits.

Game, Set, Match

Check out these team-building ideas that are simple, low-cost and fun.
Technology

Savvy Shopping Tool

Use this site to compare Amazon's prices to other retailers'.

Photo Call

This app lets you share photos during iPhone calls.
Trade Shows

Booth Builder

No budget to hire a professional exhibit or event designer? Try this free online tool.

Rooms for Rent

With this idea, your group won't lose money on excess space.
Transportation

Transportation Checker

Use this site to find the best mode of travel between destinations.

Cab Share

Try this tip to cut down on ground transportation costs.
Travel

Transportation Checker

Use this site to find the best mode of travel between destinations.

Packing App

This app serves as a consultant for your travel wardrobe.

Features

20 Top Meeting Innovations

Here are the most important cutting-edge products and services that are transforming the meeting experience for planners and attendees.

Third Parties: Big, Small or None at All?

Two independent planning professionals from big and small companies discuss the benefits -- and dispel the misconceptions -- about working with them.

Hotels: Welcome to the Class of 2015

From Austin to Amsterdam and lots of points in between, here's a preview of some of the world's mot notable hotels poised to debut this year.

Solving Suitcasing

A revealing look that breed of attendees who crash a trade show to do business "out of a suitcase," and how the industry is fighting back.

Research

Why We Keep Our Crazy Jobs

Yes, planning meetings is a crazy profession -- and planers love it, per M&C's latest exclusive survey.

Planners Sound Off on Their Jobs

M&C asked some open-ended questions and got some interesting answers.

Finally, Optimism Reigns

M&C's latest exclusive survey finds that planners expect healthier budgets and more attendees next year.

Planners Tell Us About 2015

Verbatim comments from M&C's 2015 outlook survey.
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