Savvy Planner

Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Show, Don’t Tell

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 01,2016
This tip will make your trade-show presentations more memorable.
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

Show, Don’t Tell

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

A Gentler Mouse

This ergonomic gadget takes pressure off your wrists.
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

Scope Out This App

This free tool lets attendees share the live action with the folks back home.

Best of the Best

This app will lead you to the world’s top offerings.
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

Coping With Controversy

Once again planners are caught in the crossfire of laws passed by various states in the name of religious freedom, but which some claim are discriminatory...

New Rules for Incentives

Experts explain how to work with -- or around -- new Department of Labor laws affecting financial and insurance firms that provide incentives for top...

Five Top Tech Trends

Here are the latest developments in the fast-changing world of meetings technology, including a new generation of collaborative tools and the growing role of...

ON THE COVER: Are You Covered?

This comprehensive guide to event insurance offers the facts on essential policies addressing general liability, communicable diseases, cancellation and more.

Research

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.

30 Seconds to Smart: Controversial Laws and Meetings Cancellations (Video)

We asked planners about their organizations’ stance on meeting in states with such laws.

30 Seconds to Smart: Will Planners Avoid States With Perceived Anti-LGBT Laws? (Video)

We asked planners if they will avoid meeting in states with laws that some believe are discriminatory.

Latest News

Meeting Space Makeover Under Way at Hyatt Lost Pines in Texas

Work at the 491-room Austin-area resort will finish up in September.

DMAI to Induct Four Industry Leaders Into Hall of Fame

The 2016 winners include IMEX founder Ray Bloom and Nicki Grossman of the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB.

London's Park Lane Hotel Now a Sheraton Grand Following Renovation

The 90-year-old property features 303 guest rooms.

Royal Caribbean Launches Upgraded Site for Meetings and Incentives

The cruise line's new dedicated website offers new search options, RFPs and more.
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