Tag: meetings

Food Allergy Awareness laws are being enacted in U.S. states to help save the lives of restaurant patrons

Dietary Needs Unlock New Level of Duty of Care

When I was an in-house corporate meeting planner, one of the executive assistants used to call me "everybody's mamma."  Whether it was purchasing new jeans for the CEO because he forgot his, ordering a low-salt meal for the executive vice president with a heart condition, finding hotel rooms for 30 sales staff stranded in Dallas due to bad weather, or getting the vice president of marketing to the hospital when she was sick at an event, I responded to everyone's needs and wants. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, all of these incidents (except the CEO's jeans) fall under my responsibilities as an event planner in what is termed…

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Some Food For Thought Before the Philippines MICE Conference

I’m writing this on a 16-hour plane ride to Manila, where I will present my “Food For Thought” session at the 2014 Philippines M.I.C.E. Conference (MICECON). I’m very excited to be part of an esteemed group of international industry experts from the U.S., Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and Canada, who are going to share our trade “secrets” with members of the local Philippine meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions industry (M.I.C.E) and provide updates on global market trends and developments. The conference theme this year is “M.I.C.E. in 4D: Driving Passions, Developing Minds, Defying Limits, Designing the Future.” That means that M.I.C.E.CON…

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David Wilk Sport Clips 2014

Why Hiring a Professional Emcee Can Enhance Your Event

Remember a few years ago when Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted the Academy Awards? They were brought into try and engage a younger audience. But by most critics’ accounts, it was disastrous, boring and “spectacularly bad”. Have you experienced a similar scenario at a corporate event or fundraiser? The host was boring, rambled on and on, seemed convinced that he missed his calling as a standup comedian (but sure as heck didn’t), or didn't have the skill set to hold the attention of the audience. These scenarios can be so painful that unhappy guests get loud, start ignoring the…

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hands holding a globe sustainable great responsibility

Remember, with Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Peter Parker's uncle Ben had it right when he taught him the power of responsibility. The health of your event, your attendees and our nation is a great responsibility that meeting professionals must embrace   I never thought I would be quoting from Spider-Man (although my nephew would be proud), but the meaning behind Uncle Ben's statement — "Remember, with Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" — to Peter is truly why I started my company and now this blog. When I found out eight years ago I had an allergy to yeast, you would have thought I'd be traumatized -…

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