Lois Kubinak, CCEP

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5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware

You can’t be a good leader without self-awareness.<p>It lies at the root of strong character, giving us the ability to lead with a sense of purpose, authenticity, openness, and trust. It explains our successes and our failures. And by giving us a better understanding of who we are, self-awareness lets …

Leadership

There Are Risks to Mindfulness at Work

Mindfulness is close to taking on cult status in the business world. But as with any rapidly growing movement—regardless of its potential benefits—there is good reason here for caution.<p>Championed for many years by pioneering researchers such as Ellen Langer and Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is a …

Mindfulness

Down by the Seashore: 709 Beach Creates a Wedding Showcase

Inspired by The Special Event in January, Regina Paolella, catering director at 709 in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., creates a wedding showcase that …

Creative Event Sponsorship Ideas

Smaller businesses, much like their regional and national counterparts, are aware that supporting community organizations should be a key part of …

Creative and Cost Effective Menu Ideas for Your Next Event

<b>Planning the budget pie one slice at a time</b><p>Hosting a big event requires consideration of a number of things – food, venue, and budget. One of these …

Creative Meeting Room Setups

11 ways you can make an ordinary meeting extraordinary<p>If you want to have a successful meeting where people are inspired, participative and engaged …

Why Your Event's Color Scheme Matters More Than You Think

Have you ever walked into an event and felt instantly transported? It’s the music, it’s the lighting, it’s the <i>color</i>. More than just decor, the color …

8 Tips for Using Color to Communicate an Event's Message

“Colors and color combinations create moods and feelings, consciously and unconsciously,” says Kate Smith, president and chief color expert at …

Celebrity Wedding Planner Sharon Sacks's 8 Rules for Events

<i>Sharon Sacks is the president and founder of Los Angeles-based Sacks Productions, where, over the past 25 years, she has produced events for clients</i> …

What's In Your Event Emergency Kit?

“Knitting needles, pre-threaded needles, eyeglass cleaner, Evian face spray, tools, WD-40, snacks, and so much more.”<i><br>Shannon Lemp, wedding planner,</i> …

Simple and cost-effective advice for making your meetings and events healthier on a budget

<i>Instead of serving up a bar with soda or alcohol, consider setting up a smoothie bar that uses fresh fruits. // © Westin Hotels & Resorts</i><p>Here are …

Are You a #2014EventPlanner ?

<i>This is a sponsored post written by Kristen Carvalho, Content and Social Media Manager at etouches, event management software.</i><p>More information about …

Save Money on Your Summer Vacation by Renting a Room at a University

Did you know that some colleges and universities rent out their rooms in the summer? It makes sense for them because their lodging facilities are …

Savemoney

A Travel App That Practically Packs Your Bags For You

All of us want to pack light for a trip, to save the $25 of checking a bag by sausaging a week’s worth of clothing into a plane’s overhead compartment. But if you’re as indecisive as I am, you can never quite decide what you should pack, so you simultaneously under- and overpack, with jackets for …

Apps

Flower Arrangements With iPads Tell Guests a Story

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA Kalla, a high-end floral bouquet service, launched in Miami with a bash at Soho Beach House on March 13. Held on the rooftop, the …

10 Best Ideas of the Week: a Living Billboard, Nail-Polish Centerpieces, a Lounge Inside a Pool

This week's roundup includes a billboard brought to life with colorful samba dancers in Los Angeles, chocolate dipped in a buffet of Indian spices at …

How Delta Helped TED Attendees Find Their "Social Soul Mates"

VANCOUVER Delta Air Lines launched its new in-flight Innovation Class program at the TED Conference in Vancouver last week with an exhibit that …

Steal Microsoft's Customer Service Strategy for Your Next Conference

ATLANTA When Scott Schenker took over as Microsoft’s general manager of worldwide events last year, he began exploring the concept of offering …

Event marketing—you can’t do it all yourself

I recently consulted with a client who was new to meeting planning. Mike had bravely decided to create a new conference featuring his talents and …

Conference size and “success”

Here’s the beginning of a blog post by Seth Godin with every occurrence of the word “organization” replaced by the word “conference” and the word …

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ACCESS Destination Services President Jennifer Miller talks about the biggest trends impacting meetings and events in 2014.

<i>Unconventional spaces, says Miller, are great spaces for meetings and events. // © ACCESS Destination Services</i><p>As the president of destination …

Event tips, tricks, and resources.

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