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Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

VIDEO: Smart Staffing

by Michael C. Lowe | May 28,2015
VIDEO: Build your team on a budget by tapping these resources.
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

Take Power and Light Anywhere

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

Meet Your Art School Team!

Tap this budget-friendly talent pool for your next event.
Entertainment

Sticky Speakers

These portable gadgets will provide great sound anywhere.

Grow Your Band

One band. Three experiences.
Food and Beverage

Yelp's Cooler Cousin

This free service provides recommendations from locals.

Rethink Chardonnay

This affordable wine is back in a big way.
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: Yard-Sale Tactics

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

VIDEO: Prioritize Concessions

VIDEO: Streamline hotel negotiations with this tip.
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

VIDEO: Smart Staffing

VIDEO: Build your team on a budget by tapping these resources.

Squeaky Clean Headphones

These listening tools can be thrown in the laundry.
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

Squeaky Clean Headphones

These listening tools can be thrown in the laundry.

VIDEO: Sound Check

Here’s an essential piece of equipment hotels should provide at no charge.
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

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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