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Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Schmooze 101

by Barbara Peterson | May 23,2016
This expert gives a refresher course in networking for professionals.
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

Help Feed the Needy

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

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

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

Delightful Décor

These playful props liven up any meeting space.

A Great Look for Less

Whittle down décor costs by using mildy flawed items.
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

Help Feed the Needy

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

VIDEO: Grab & Go

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

Chargers With Fringe Benefits

You'll love these easy-find power cables.

Crank It Up

With this device, the power is in your hands.
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

Get the Kinks Out

Add this 60-second exercise to a heavy agenda.

Activity Arranger

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

Schmooze 101

This expert gives a refresher course in networking for professionals.

Brandenburg Gates

Airport Week (1 of 5): Get a sneak preview of Berlin’s grand new airport.
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

Chargers With Fringe Benefits

You'll love these easy-find power cables.

Prints Charming

Guests will love these straight-from-social-media mementos.
Trade Shows

Show-Floor Segways

Navigate convention centers faster via a personal people mover.

Booth Builder

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

Planners' Pain Points in Hotel Negotiations

Planners share their biggest challenges in hammering out a contract in a seller's market, including new, questionable fees.

Better Together: Co-Located Trade Shows

A growing number of show organizers are partnering with related shows to share space, costs and more -- and creating stronger, more value-rich events.

Global Planner 2016

Our annual survey takes an in-depth look at meetings, conventions, trade shows, incentive programs and more held outside the U.S.

Hotel Revenue Managers Tell All

Three executives tell how technology has changed their jobs, what they look for in an RFP and more.

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: How Planners Feel About New or Lesser-Known Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners if they would consider a new or lesser-known hotel brand for a meeting.

30 Seconds to Smart: Here's Why Planners Are Loyal to Certain Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners about the factors that influence their loyalty to a hotel brand.

30 Seconds to Smart: This is How Much Hotel Brand Matters to Planners (Video)

We asked planners if a hotel's flag matters when selecting a property.

30 Seconds to Smart: Are Planners Taking Necessary Bedbug Precautions? (Video)

We asked planners if bedbugs are still biting at hotels.

Latest News

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Undergoing Major Meetings Expansion

More than 18,000 square feet of space is being added.

Caesars Expands 'Responsible Meeting' Initiatives

The new Meetings for Good menu offers local community-service opportunities.

Latest Zika News

All the news and resources a planner needs for understanding the risks of meeting in Zika-affected destinations

Fear of Zika Virus Linked to Decline in Caribbean Hotel Performance, Per STR

All key performance metrics are down for the first four months of the year.
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