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Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Toss and Talk

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 22,2016
This handy device makes it easier for guests to speak up.
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

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

This Charger Is Mini But Mighty

Pint-size power brings your devices back to life.

Chargers With Fringe Benefits

You'll love these easy-find power cables.
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

Toss and Talk

This handy device makes it easier for guests to speak up.

Caught Single-Handed

The app makes easy work of typing on the go.
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

Toss and Talk

This handy device makes it easier for guests to speak up.

Caught Single-Handed

The app makes easy work of typing on the go.
Trade Shows

Show, Don’t Tell

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

Career-Counseling Lounge

This trade-show perk helps delegates climb the corporate ladder.
Transportation

Easy Riders

This car service keeps meeting planners and attendees in the loop.

Transportation Checker

Use this site to find the best mode of travel between destinations.
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

ON THE COVER: M&C's 50th Anniversary

Meetings & Conventions magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special section on how the meetings industry has evolved over the past half century.

Retooling Our Conferences

A number of major meetings-industry associations are starting new shows, adopting new technologies and refining their engagement techniques.

Fresh and Affordable Food and Beverage

Here are 16 deliciously creative ways to offer meals and snacks that won't break your F&B budget.

In Their Own Words: Industry Experts Reflect on Decades of Change

Complete comments from some of the industry's learned insiders.

Research

Stepping Up Event Security

Planners admit new worries due to recent terror events.

Planners Sound Off on Security at Events

Verbatim responses to our August research topic on event security. 

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners Talk LGBT Rights, Site Selection (Video)

We asked planners about legislation recently passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Take Our Confidential Salary Survey!

Your (anonymous) input helps us provide a snapshot of meeting planners' responsibilities, compensation and more.

Latest News

W Seattle Hotel Completes Propertywide Revitalization

All 425 rooms and meeting spaces were redone.

New Case of Zika Through a Local Mosquito in Florida County

A second person in Palm Beach County has contracted  Zika through a local mosquito.

Hotel Pulitzer in Amsterdam Reopens on the Canal After Renovations

The 225-room property is carved out of 25 connected canal houses.

W Punta de Mita Debuts in Mexico's Riviera Nayarit

The property offers stylish, laid-back luxury in a new Punta de Mita development.
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