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4 Ways To Get the Most From Your Speakers

As a business coach for speakers, Jane Atkinson has helped unknowns become in-demand keynoters — and she has a few ideas about how to ensure your speakers connect with your audience. Read more

Trouble with (And Potential Solution To) Hiring and Promoting

The internet, digital media, and technology advancements have changed the way we live and work so dramatically that life without these tools is often hard to imagine. However, when it comes to hiring and promoting employees, even major companies have trouble fully utilizing the tools and information available to them. Read more

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

Most of us are really, really busy. If you’re like me, all you want at the end of a long day is to don a pair of sweatpants, sink into the comfort of your couch, and let your to-do list dissolve into a glass of wine. But Thanksgiving serves as a healthy reminder to… Read more

Does social media have a place in your professional development initiatives?

"Sharing knowledge for more effective meetings and more productive individuals;" it's right there at the top of our website. Social media sounds tailor-made for sharing knowledge, doesn't it? But does it work in our world of meetings and professional development? We surveyed CMPD members about their current usage of social… Read more

Move Out of the Box to Create Magical Events

Human beings tend to be creatures of habit. Event planners, who need to be open and creative when it comes to building great events, can get stuck in a rut. I know I do. Okay, I confess. I'll go to my favorite restaurants, year after year and order the same… Read more

Why Your Mobile App Must Live On Beyond the F2F Event

Event mobile apps are deep into the mainstream use stage, with more planners investigating options to tap advanced capabilities within the app to enrich attendee experiences even further.How hot is the mobile event app market? Take a look at these eye-opening stats from a recent benchmarks study conducted by Crowd… Read more

Ensuring Timely Payments for Event Suppliers

One of the most troublesome post-event scenarios is having to assist hotels, resorts, event venues, and suppliers in chasing down payments. Not only does this cause unnecessary stress, there can be disputes about payments once an event is over. For example, if there is a last-minute cancellation and the client… Read more

‘Tres’ Brooklyn

The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge once emphasized its proximity to Manhattan. Now the property is capitalizing on Brooklyn's status as an international epicenter of cool. Read more

Atout France Rises to the Occasion

Five days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, a luncheon in Washington, D.C., reaffirms the power of travel, meetings, and life going on. Read more

AMA’s Big News

The American Medical Association is calling for a ban on drug ads. How might this impact medical meetings? Read more

Beautiful Boutique Hotels in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico

For groups planning meetings in Mexico, one of the best kept secrets is the number of beautiful boutique, pasados, and haciendas that are perfect for meetings. These hidden gems can be found through out the country.I have been fortunate to spend the last 5 days in Morelos. Today, we'll look… Read more

How to Make Your Meetings Contagious

Bestselling author Jonah Berger on how one 'old-fashioned' idea — word of mouth — can drive meeting attendance. Read more