Meeting Planning

Don’t forget these In-flight budget items when planning your next event

Several weeks back American Meetings, Inc. addressed some of the ways rising gas prices are affecting the meeting planning industry. Recent findings have brought to our attention additional items that once may have had little impact, but are now adding significantly to the end cost. We wanted to share the information as they could be potentially overlooked in pre-planning and budgeting. [Read more...]

Meeting Promotion and Publicity Checklist

Many of us in the conference & event planning industry are huge advocates of making a list and checking it twice. No matter how many years you’ve been in the business of meeting planning and promotion, this tried and true checklist is a great meeting tool and will keep you on target regarding image consistencies, budgets and scheduling. [Read more...]

Quarterly Training keeps AMI staff focused on client service

Each quarter the AMI staff is trained on the latest policies and procedures for the meetings and events industry as well as updated AMI policies. [Read more...]

Meeting Planners: Use Desserts to make that next meal function extra special!

Meeting Planners are always looking for great ways to enhance their next meeting or event. Planners remember to make the end of day memorable or that next meeting break even better by creating a specialty dessert. Probably already in your budget chefs at all of the business hotels love to have a challenge and welcome to create a specialty dessert for your next corporate meeting function. So don't forget...add something cool and sweet to your next menu!

Regional meeting locations represent a smart choice for organizations across the country

As quoted by our very own CEO, Andy McNeill, in the October issue of MPI’s One+ magazine, “smaller cities offer far lower costs for lodging and meeting space than major cities” which “cost about 15 percent to 20 percent more than those that typically attract regional [events].” [Read more...]

The Value of Face-to-Face Meetings: A Case Study

Conference calls and virtual meetings may be fine for the smaller details but when you need to motivate, inspire and/or close the big deal, there is no replacement for sharing the same physical space. Business leaders and their meeting planner partners have come a long way in developing metrics to calculate the return on investment of face-to-face conferences. And it’s amazing how many things CAN actually be measured. But there are some powerful intangibles that cannot be captured on a spreadsheet. [Read more...]

Meeting Planners Salute the Binder Clip!

The following is a re-post of an article written by Adam Pash of Lifehacker, one of our favorite blogs. Meeting Planners and Event Managers of course love the binder clip. Open any conference supply kit and you’ll find a hearty stash. And so we are happy to discover more uses for this beloved office supply item. Be sure to check out the post’s comments which have even more creative ideas, some quite amusing. Enjoy and feel free to share your own innovations!

Our Favorite Office Objects: The Endlessly Versatile Binder Clip


Patented 100 years ago to mitigate the time-consuming process of manually hole-punching and thread-binding papers and manuscripts, the classic piece of office-supply brilliance known as the binder clip deserves a prominent spot in every office, home, and quick-and-dirty DIYers’ toolkit. [Read more...]

Using TED’s concepts & ideas to enhance your next meeting

The TED conference, now in its 26th year, continues to have a profound influence on the evolution of meetings and events. Besides the now famous 18-minutes or less format for speakers, the TED organization provides an excellent blueprint for organizers who seek to produce events that “foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and to provoke conversations that matter.” Whether you’re planning your Annual Conference, National Sales Meeting or an Executive Retreat, these are worthy goals to strive for. [Read more...]

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