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A Great Look for Less

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | July 27,2015
Whittle down décor costs by using mildy flawed items.
Budget

VIDEO: Yard-Sale Tactics

VIDEO: Buff up your negotiation skills by bargaining in your neighborhood.

VIDEO: Build Tipping Into Your Budget

VIDEO: Spelling out gratuities helps you cultivate relationships — and it's good for business.
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

A Great Look for Less

Whittle down décor costs by using mildy flawed items.

Take Power and Light Anywhere

These two problem-solvers should be part of your on-site kit.
Entertainment

Entertainment Database

Use this website to find awesome acts in your destination.

Sticky Speakers

These portable gadgets will provide great sound anywhere.
Food and Beverage

VIDEO: Grab & Go

When your group is on the run, use this lunch option to be sustainable and cut costs.

Going Off-Menu

Planners don't need to stick to the food-and-beverage list they're handed.
Gifts

Squeaky Clean Headphones

These listening tools can be thrown in the laundry.

Portable Power

Stash these multi-functional chargers in your travel bag.
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: Finessing the Hotel Deal

When heading into negotiations, bring this mentality.

VIDEO: Will You Be Prepared?

The benefits of a selfie pre-con (VIDEO)
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

Easy Do-It-Yourself Presentations

Design your own quick and simple slide shows for free.

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.
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

A Great Look for Less

Whittle down décor costs by using mildy flawed items.

VIDEO: Grab & Go

When your group is on the run, use this lunch option to be sustainable and cut costs.
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

Better Video Conferencing

This tool adds a new dimension to online meetings.

Contact-Organizing App

This service will help you sort your professional network.
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

M&C's Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry

This select group of high achievers have provided bold new ideas, passionate advocacy and a commitment to bettering the world.

The Truth About Hotel Wi-Fi Pricing

How and why hotels charge for bandwidth and access, and what planners can do to negotiate for this indispensable service.

Homegrown Conventions

To fill in the blanks in their calendars and increase revenue, a number of destination marketers and convention-center managers are creating wholly original...

M&C's Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry: In Their Own Words

The women on our inaugural list tell of their proudest moments and hopes for the future.

Research

What Work/Life Balance?

M&C's latest poll covers the work/life balance (hint: It's out of whack).

Planners Confirm: Downtime Is a Myth

Planners' verbatim answers to M&C's June 2015 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.
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