Savvy Planner

Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Channel Your Inner Child

by Barbara Peterson | February 13,2017
These facilities for the younger set double as unique meeting spaces.
Budget

VIDEO: Smart Tip for Tech

How allowing for A/V wiggle room can save your meeting money.

Weight Watcher

This handy gadget prevents your bags from tipping the scales.
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

Help Feed the Needy

This app makes it easy to donate an event's leftover food to a worthy cause.

Bag Tags for a Cause

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

Life Savers

This app lets ordinary people fight human trafficking.

Help Feed the Needy

This app makes it easy to donate an event's leftover food to a worthy cause.
Decor

Stretch Your Table

Don't let unexpected banquet guests throw you off.

This Orange Is the New Orange

Enliven your décor with the hottest hues for 2017.
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

A GPS for Street Food

This digital portal helps you find local food trucks.

Help Feed the Needy

This app makes it easy to donate an event's leftover food to a worthy cause.
Gifts

Get the Whole Picture

This phone accessory turns anyone into a big-shot photographer.

Woody Wordpecker

Last-minute gift guide (3 of 5): This wooden keyboard blends natural and high-tech.
Green Meetings

Ban the Bottle

This green practice can save planners money while preventing waste.

VIDEO: Tidy Savings

VIDEO: Be green and save green with this hotel request.
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: Fewer Vendors, Better Bottom Line

Planners can leverage their buying power with this tip.

VIDEO: Use Your 'Yellow Pages'

When it comes to negotiation, try this tip before you head to the table.
Off Site Venues

Enchanted Gardens

Celebrate spring in a botanical setting.

Space Hack

This app is perfect for last-minute meetings.
Programming

Channel Your Inner Child

These facilities for the younger set double as unique meeting spaces.

Get the Kinks Out

Add this 60-second exercise to a heavy agenda.
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

Splashy Sponsorship

Combine pool time and networking with this clever idea.

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.
Staffing

Channel Your Inner Child

These facilities for the younger set double as unique meeting spaces.

Afternoon Delight

This site lets you rent hotel rooms for a few hours, at a discount.
Team Building

Activity Arranger

This app is like a Match.com for pairing groups with activities.

Turnkey Team Building

This service lets you select a preplanned team-building package.
Technology

Precision Mapping

With this feature, your event app can guide you around the show floor.

Digital Design, Your Way

Create an app without a high-tech background.
Trade Shows

No More Trade-Show Shipping Headaches

This app gives you control over your equipment from afar.

Show, Don’t Tell

This tip will make your trade-show presentations more memorable.
Transportation

Hit the Ground Running

This app finds the best rail and bus options abroad.

Easy Riders

This car service keeps meeting planners and attendees in the loop.
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 Young Planners Are Revitalizing the Meetings Industry

Here are 15 young professionals who are bringing fresh energy, boundless talent and unique perspectives to the world of meetings and events.

Destination Marketing on the Cutting Edge

Here's how some enterprising DMOs are tailoring their outreach to attract younger meeting professionals and the business they wield.

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.

Research

M&C Research Extra: Young Planners Share Ambitions; Others Note Pros/Cons of Working With Newbies

Millennials value work/life balance and professional advancement.

What Do Millennials Bring to the Meetings Industry?

This M&C poll looks at multigenerational job plans and priorities.

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners' Favorite Cost-Cutting Tips (Video)

We asked planners how they save money on meetings and events.

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners' Professional Creativity, Negotiating Skills (Video)

We asked planners how they rate their own creativity and negotiating skills.