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by Michael C. Lowe | October 30,2014
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Budget

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VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

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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

Charity Checker

Check out this site before making a donation.

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

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Corporate Social Responsibility

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Paper Saver

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

Stick-On Whiteboards

Try this cost-saving alternative for classroom sessions.

Geometric Screens

Think outside the box-shaped screen.
Entertainment

Sticky Speakers

These portable gadgets will provide great sound anywhere.

Grow Your Band

One band. Three experiences.
Food and Beverage

Hold-All Plates

This dish is perfect for standing receptions.

Tea-rrific Savings

Work this money-saving strategy into F&B contracts.
Gifts

Cord-Free

This tiny device syncs all of your big devices.

Gift Savings

Use discontinued stock to save big on premiums and giveaways.
Green Meetings

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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

Better Room Rates

To get the most from suppliers, find mutually beneficial middle ground.

Attrition Fix

Here's how one planner negotiated his way out of a steep hotel penalty.
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

Savvy Slide Shows

For your next presentation, try this user-friendly alternative to PowerPoint.

Stick-On Whiteboards

Try this cost-saving alternative for classroom sessions.
Speakers

Reality Star Power

Hire a reality cast member for budget-friendly entertainment.

More Speaker Savings

Barter with speakers to lower your costs.
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

In the Spotlight

Brand a blank wall or floor with this affordable, reusable technology.

RFC: Request for Cash

This new service provides an easy way to find sponsors.
Staffing

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Charity Checker

Check out this site before making a donation.
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

Hotel Wi-Fi Tracker

This site lets you know the real speed of a property’s Wi-Fi.

Data Tracker

This app notifies users of data roaming limits and more.
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

Coming to Terms With Airbnb

Alternative lodging sites are a game-changer for meetings -- and planners who face some thorny issues ranging from attrition to liability and more.

Cheap and Green: 20 Tips

M&C presents a portfolio of low- or even no-cost ways to gather attendees in ways that will be kind to the environment.

Business + Pleasure = the 'Bleisure' Effect

Here's how various hotel chains and visitor bureaus are catering to the growing number of attendees who are adding vacation time to their meeting or event.

Great Venues in the World's Finance Capitals

These 24 facilities in 10 major global destinations are especially hospitable to the unique needs of financial/insurance meetings. Here's why.

Research

Leisure Appeal: A Priority

Attendees rate the appeal of leisure time.

Hotel Preferences and Peeves

Planners weigh on on their favorite hotel features and pet peeves.

Profile of a Meeting Planner

A look at key responsibilities, spending power and more, culled from M&C's latest Salary Survey

Travel: Love It or Loathe It?

What do planners really think about all the traveling they do? The answers are revealed in the newest poll from M&C Research.
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