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Crisis Management & The Olympics

May 5, 2008

The Olympics are coming, and all these stories about China in the news have me thinking… Sometimes planning for the unexpected is just as important as planning for the expected. In my family, we actually have an expression for it. My mom was all too well known for her WCS’s or “worst case scenarios.” Was…

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Meeting Planner Training

April 8, 2008

This just in: The University of Nevada Las Vegas is now offering live, college-level classes online featuring UNLV faculty, faculty from other prominent hotel colleges, and leading industry experts. Each one-hour, commercial-free webinar is designed to be a stand-alone learning experience. Event planners, meeting planners, and hospitality industry professionals can gain new levels of expertise…

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Green Meetings Part 2

April 7, 2008

Here are some simple, useful green meeting tips I picked up from Certain Software. Thought I would pass them along. Cheers! GREEN MEETING TIP NUMBER 1 Choose host cities and event venues strategically to minimize travel and transportation Locating events in a location central to your attendee base can reduce the overall carbon footprint of…

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Internships – Are They Worth It?

March 28, 2008

Ugh! That was my reaction when I learned my college required real world experience in the form of an internship for me to graduate. To me, intern was synonymous with copy-girl. “Oh great”, I thought, “An entire summer making copies, running errands and answering phones for no money — just what I need. I’m will…

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Why CMP?

March 10, 2008

I’ve been a meeting professional for over 15 years — so why was I so nervous about taking the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam? I wondered, why do I even need those three simple letters behind my name? I know what I am doing when it comes to planning a meeting; well, at least I…

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Silent Auction ROI

February 29, 2008

Non profits typically spend a great deal of time securing silent auction donations, as does Special D Events on behalf of its clients. Ever wonder which items bring in the most cash?

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Green Meetings – Part 1

February 11, 2008

These green meeting ideas came across my desk today, so I thought I would share them. A green giveaway for attendees: indoor herb gardens (3 small plants) on a wooden base customized with your corporate logo. Eco lanyards: Name badge lanyards made of 100% corn. Even the easy to open clip attachment is made of…

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Trade Show Lingo

February 5, 2008

Being a novice exhibitor is not easy. As a matter of fact, it’s comparable to learning a new language. I remember planning my first exhibit at a tradeshow – it began with a large “Exhibitor Prospectus” being plopped down on my desk. Knowing nothing of tradeshows, or their secret language, it was almost like receiving…

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The Special Event – Pt. 2

January 29, 2008

Now for the cheap ideas! My last post was all about the outrageous and expensive, but I picked up a few inexpensive but valuable ideas at “The Special Event” conference as well. Seat Incentives — getting event attendees to sit in the front row is always a challenge. No one wants to make that “commitment.”…

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The Special Event- Pt. 1

January 23, 2008

– From Carol Galle Just returned from a week long event management training conference called, “The Special Event” in Atlanta and am full of ideas. Here are three of my favorites: The disappearing balloon wall. This cool reveal technique is reasonably priced and the effect — albeit brief — is dramatic. It could be used…

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