Been There, Try This

When hosting a destination event, don’t be ordinary. In this series we show you extraordinary global event destinations.


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Millennial Business Travelers’ Habits

Every generation, for better or worse, is a disruptor. And there may be no industry more poised to take advantage of disruptive millennial trends than the…


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EMP Appoints Director of Business Development

Ellen Michaels Presents, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsey Passen as Director of Business Development.


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Creating Device-Free Meetings

Head into any meeting and you’ll see the same thing: people surreptitiously checking their smart devices while tuning out of the conversation that’s happening…


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Benefits to Offer Event Sponsors

Securing event sponsorship is not as straightforward as it once was. Sponsors demand more information than ever to secure their investment for events.


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Underwater Properties to Impress Clients

Would you like a little whale shark viewing with your wine?


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Travel Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

We know that planners are already multitasking geniuses.


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Time Management Strategies for Busy Business Women

One of the biggest changes needed for professional women is to rethink the narratives surrounding women and time management.


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Been There, Do This: New York Edition

Event planners are often sent back to the same city or venue, time and time again.


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How eSports Used Events to Leverage Greater Success

As eSports moves into the mainstream, popular video game brands are rushing to make their live events the gold standard.


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How Data Boosts Your Event Revenue

Meetings and events drive sales, and with the right understanding of data, meeting planners and departments can get recognition for their role in the selling…


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Employee Burnout at Work

Workplace burnout is a real phenomenon. It’s not in your head or just something your co-worker needs a quick power nap to get over.


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How Digital Multi-taskers Can Protect Their Eyes

If you use your smartphone as an alarm clock, you are involved with a digital device the second your eyes are open.


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How the Smartphone Affected Events

The first Apple iPhone went on sale 10 years ago. Apple's iPhone gave rise to whole new industries and then laid waste to others.


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EMP Insight with Cynthia Kelly

Catch-up with EMP’s newly minted President, Cynthia Kelly. Taking a moment out of her full schedule, Cynthia enthusiastically talks about strategy, competitive…


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Six New Meeting Types

Are you looking for a new conference model? The German Convention Bureau (GCB) has released their predictions of the types of meetings and conferences that we…


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Small, Fun Ways Your Event Can Give Back

There are great ways your company and client can give back to the community without feeling a budget pinch or comprising quality.


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Convention Centers for Your Mood

Choosing a venue is like going on a blind date. Convention centers are like people, they each have their own personality and they all look a little bit…


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New Hotel Gaming Spaces

Need to balance work with a little play in between credentialing and breakout sessions?


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How Virtual Reality Can Help Event Planners

Popular virtual reality (aka VR) headsets offer a world's worth of experiences. Literally!


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Post-Event Engagement Techniques

Have you had this experience? You actually get away from the office to attend a conference for your own professional development, and the whole experience is…


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Stay Energized for an All-Day Event

It's no wonder so many planners struggle with energy issues.


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Facebook Live for Event Audiences

With approximately two billion users, Facebook offers event organizers access to the biggest community in the digital landscape


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Replace Your To Do List

Is your to-do list an endless source of frustration? At the end of every day, does it seem like you have more items on the list than when you started?


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City Series: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is a modern, important cultural city and even designated as a Heritage City by UNESCO


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Event Security After Manchester

It’s easy to become complacent about security - you get irritated when asked to produce a laminate yet again, or maybe you don’t see why you have to wait in…


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U.S. Cities to Watch in 2017

When it comes to American cities, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles tend to dominate the event market and the conversation.


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Overlooked Venue Conference Services

Beyond securing Wi-Fi connectivity, successful planners know what questions to ask that will ease logistics and make their client’s event a standout.


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Damage Control When You Need to Cancel Your Event

The unthinkable has happened. You’re forced to cancel your client’s event!


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Habits of Likeable Leaders

If you want to be a leader whom people enjoy working with and spending lots of after-hours time with at events, you have to be likeable.


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Event Checklist: Signage

Event planners understand the role that good signage plays in getting attendees to and from the wide array of conference offerings.


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Breaking Down: Breakout Sessions

A breakout session, also known as a breakout meeting or workshop session, is generally a workshop, discussion, or presentation on a specific topic that serves…


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Engage Conference Attendees with Interactive Ideas

Conference attendees have much higher expectations in this current era of content on demand.


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Pros & Cons of the European Hotel Approach to Corporate Events

It’s a common practice for European hotels to offer corporate conference and meeting packages as options for planners who hold seminars, conferences, and other…


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Venue Considerations for Your Client’s Needs

Deciding upon the best space or venue is critical to any event's overall success.


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Making Your Event Mornings Productive Before 10am

Whether you are a budding meeting planner or a seasoned veteran, using the morning of your event to your advantage can only lead to success.


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Meeting Touchpoints: Logo Designs

In a world saturated with conferences, don’t just slap some sad, clip art logo on your event. Instead, take the effort to make it strategic and thoughtful.


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The Value of a Good Emcee

A company party, sales meeting or annual conference is like a story, composed of many elements: a welcome reception, educational sessions, entertainment…the…


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CSR and Your Next Event

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has gone beyond the yearly race for charity or food drive benefitting a local shelter.


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Attracting Millennials to Your Event

Millennials are becoming a driving change in the meetings industry. If you want to attract more young professionals, often referred to as Millennials or GenY,…


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Building Event Marketing Strategies

So you’ve been tasked to lead the marketing efforts for your client’s event. There’s a lot to be considered from budget constraints to social media outreach,…


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Preventing a Data Hack

Ticket holders for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival received a bit of bad news from festival organizers.


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The Changing Client of Business Travel

The annual Business Travel Show (BTS) recently demonstrated that money was being freed up in the business travel market in 2016, with an estimated 33% of…


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Building Multisensory Meetings

As attendees spend more time glued to their smartphones and tablets, event professionals recognize that the on-site environment needs to create a hands-on,…


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The Event Industry & Gender Dynamics

2024: The year in which the average American woman may out earn the average American man


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How to Get Your Team to Attend Meetings

Every type of meeting ever: the meeting that drones on and on; the meeting where everyone sits fiddling with his or her smartphone; the meeting that Doug from…


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What TED’s Content Strategy Can Teach Every Meeting Planner

As more meetings and organizations begin to operate with a “content is king” mindset, the successful TED Conference strategy offers a clear path to achieving…


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Small Habits of Great Leaders

It’s easy to notice the obvious characteristics separating great leaders from average ones.


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Food & Beverage Updates from Wolfgang Puck Catering

Food and beverage continues to be a significant driver of cost and is growing annually in expense.


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EMP Spotlight: Ellen Goes to Cuba

Recently, Ellen Michaels took a very special trip with some friends to Cuba.


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Meetings & Events 2017 Forecast

The meetings industry can expect a robust 2017. According the annual American Express (AMEX) Meetings and Events 2017 Forecast, general corporate meetings and…


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Book Club: New Year Edition

Hello 2017, the Year of the Rooster. It’s always that perfect time to re-evaluate success and failures and set goals for the coming months.


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Member Engagement Through Events

You know the game where you can connect any Hollywood actor or actress to the movie star, Kevin Bacon, through Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?


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How to Overcome Burnout

“Secure your oxygen mask before helping others.”


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EMP Hires New Director of Registration & Technology

Ellen Michaels Presents appoints Gigi Gonzales as Director of Registration & Technology


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Why Introverts Make Excellent Leaders

Many conference and event swag bags are unoriginal and poorly tailored to their audience.


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Clever Ideas for Event Giveaways

Many conference and event swag bags are unoriginal and poorly tailored to their audience.


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Ellen Michaels Presents Appoints New President & COO

Ellen Michaels Presents CEO, Ellen Michaels, has announced the new appointments of Cynthia Kelly as President and Steve Wehrle as COO.


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Make Sunday Work for You Before a Big Event

Gone are the days when sponsors can hand out a few branded badges at an event and be satisfied. The traditional booth, banner and logo are staid and it’s time…


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Challenge Your Company – Hire a Vet

Switching industries can be hard for anyone, but for veterans returning to the workforce after deployment, it can be particularly tough.


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Boost Your Mental Strength

It’s no secret event planners have emotionally stressful and draining jobs.


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Be Our Guest: Baccarat Hotel & Residences

Designed and curated by Paris-based interior designers Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, the brand new Baccarat Hotel & Residences in New York are…


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Trending: Company Culture

Ellen Michaels Presents (EMP) has always focused on an open and inclusive company culture, driven by technology and fueled by experience.


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City Series: Oranjestad, Aruba

Off the coast of Venezuela sits a tiny Dutch Caribbean island called Aruba.


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Event Micromanagers

Micromanagers have a bad rap. Nobody seems to like them, and for good reason.


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City Series: Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the governmental, cultural, and economic heart of Portugal while also being the oldest city in Western Europe.


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Day in the Life of Jose Jaime

Experience a day in the life of …. Jose, Registration Project Manager.


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How to Master the Work-Life Fit

The goal is to have flexibility as a living, breathing, vital aspect of work, a default mode rather than a privilege.


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Virtual Reality Pitches Attract Event Planners

The most significant challenge for corporate event planners today is continually finding unique experiences and venues that inspire participants and drive…


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Planning Stages of Successful Leadership Summits

In virtually all large and midsize companies, every year high-level executives come together for leadership summits.


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How to Leverage Social Media

If you're beginning to look at social media marketing, it can get overwhelming with all the buzz from different sources.


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The Live Event Investment

Live events, also referred to in the industry as ‘experiential marketing’, are growing in scale and sophistication.


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Business Travel Hacks

In theory, traveling for an event or conference seems glamorous.


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Event Trends: Hospitality Tech

Every day, cutting-edge technology is being developed that can simplify event planners’ lives, enhance guest experiences and even transport us to distant…


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New Adventures in Team Building

Looking to build bonds through traditional team building exercises can induce teenage worthy eye-rolls.


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Eliminate Event Anxiety

With lots of moving parts to get in place before your employees, attendees or customers arrive, pre-event anxiety due to the unexpected can be a serious…


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Event Trends: Pop-Ups

One of the attractions of pop-ups for businesses is that they can act as an informal, unacknowledged market research project.


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Healthy Tips for Event Professionals

The traditional image of the event professional is that of a person constantly on the phone, drinking coffee, running around fixing problems and making sure…


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City Series: Cannes, France

Located on the French Riviera, the resort town of Cannes is synonymous with glamour and dreamy beaches.


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The Pros and Cons of Virtual Meetings

As satellite offices, work travel, and even employees working from home and from co-working spaces become mainstream in so many businesses, the ability to have…


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Trust in the Workplace

At the heart of successful management is earning trust and keeping trust. That’s because a huge component of success has nothing to do with you- it’s about…


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How Data Analysis Creates Better Events

When planners typically talk about event data, it’s usually in the context of trends or how they can optimize member lists.


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City Series: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, aka ‘The Windy City’ -or- ‘Chi-Town’, is on Lake Michigan in the state of Illinois. Chicago is among the largest cities in the United States. In 2014,…


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The Advantage of Multiple Mentors

Mentors come in all shapes and sizes, and they can offer more emotional or information-based support.


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Common Sense Networking Advice

As career advice goes, people often repeat two common refrains: “Fake it until you make it” or “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.”


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Event Planners’ Insights Reveal Key Event Metrics

A large-scale study, from Associations Now magazine, revealed some interesting insights from meeting planners.


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Motivate Your Staff to Take Big Risks

Some believe certain people are just born leaders. Others think an individual can learn to be a leader.


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Qualities to Help you Become a Better Leader

Some believe certain people are just born leaders. Others think an individual can learn to be a leader.


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City Series: Barcelona, Spain

Welcome to the first of EMP’s new City Series! In these upcoming City Series, we will explore the special ins and outs of cities around the world that may be…


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Spring Book Club: Daily Tips for Personal Success

Are you looking for a little springtime inspiration to bust your rut and add positivity to your daily work and life routine?


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March Madness Business Lessons

For college basketball players and fans there's absolutely nothing like March Madness.


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Finding Your Workplace Strengths

At some point in your career, you’ll likely be asked: What are some of your greatest workplace strengths?


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Social SEO Tips for Your Business

According to Google, 97% of consumers search for businesses and services online. In order to perform well in search results it’s critical that you optimize…


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TED Talks That Will Make You a Better Leader

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there about how to best lead a team. “Fake it ’til you make it” ... “Don’t be afraid to admit what you don’t know”...…


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The New Laws of PR

PR without a strategy is dangerous. These days everybody can call him/herself an expert.


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Performance Reviews Get a Failing Grade

The dreaded annual performance review is officially inching closer to extinction. Annual performance reviews are generally perceived as the worst, and more and…


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Difficult Conversations Event Planners May Encounter

Starting a conversation with these four little words is sure to send most people into a panic.


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How to Command a Room

You know it when you see it. You can even probably recall those occasions when someone effectively wielded control over a meeting or an auditorium full of…


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How Information Flow Can Help Your Company Succeed

When it comes to recruiting and maintaining employee engagement, often the quick answer is a standard reward system.


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Business Etiquette Abroad

Perhaps the first and still the best advice on how to avoid culture shock when traveling and getting to know different cultures.


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Unexpected Benefits of a Company Retreat

When it comes to company retreats, you’re probably thinking trust falls and motivational speakers.


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Tips for a Keynote Speech

What is the goal of professional speaking? The goals of professional speaking are to entertain, inform, inspire, and to get the audience to take action.


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Conferences and Organizations Worth Your Time

All entrepreneurs should take a little time away from their ventures to see what’s around the corner, but what’s a busy entrepreneur to do?


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Event Trends: Corporate Meeting Planning in 2016

It’s time for every event organizer’s favorite time of year- the fresh start of a new conference season!


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Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurial Inspiration

Whether you're looking for a productivity app or a podcast to download, most of us looks towards our network for a recommendation.


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Event Sponsorship Ideas

Gone are the days when sponsors can hand out a few branded badges at an event and be satisfied. The traditional booth, banner and logo are staid and it’s time…


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New Apps for Company Productivity

It’s a new year and a new office awaits. Is your company ready for a general communication and productivity program overhaul and upgrade?


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Sustainable Employee Travel

Going green is no longer just for hippies and Whole Foods fans. Companies across the Fortune 500 spectrum are instituting green travel policies and initiatives…


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Office Design Tips & Tricks for Better Productivity

If there’s a symbol of today’s economy, working spaces that are slick, open concept, fully wired, and shared, might be it.


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How to Manage Small and Large Programs

My first favorite I would say was for a venture capital group in Florida, at a little hotel in St. Augustine.


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Holiday Mobile Messaging: Is It For Your Brand?

With the 2015 holiday season about to take hold this month, marketers are naturally ramping up their mobile messaging campaigns.


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EMP Spotlight: Keys to Successful Roadshows

A sales kick-off we did in Las Vegas. What was interesting, we had been on the road with all these internal teams so when you walked into an environment of two…


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EMP Spotlight: Projection Mapping & Lighting

I have done some incredible, amazing events over my life. There are two that jump to mind almost immediately.


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The Surge Pricing Model: Is It For Your Company?

From Disney’s theme parks, to Uber’s rides and even college sporting events, surge pricing is a popular and rising model for business.


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Building Trust with Your Employees

Fortune magazine recently collaborated with The Leadership Insider Network for a forum in NYC.


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Socially Intelligent Leadership

Fortune magazine recently collaborated with The Leadership Insider Network for a forum in NYC.


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Entrepreneurial Lessons From Google’s Failed Experiment

Tech giant Google quietly announced that users would no longer need a Google+ account to log into YouTube and other Google sites as well.


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EMP Spotlight: On-Demand Badge Registration

A self-described ‘very early adopter’ (he had his first computer at the age of seven!), Reggio Hearn is at the helm of Ellen Michaels Presents expanding tech…


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Travel Gear to Always Splurge On

There are times in life to save your hard-earned bucks and times to know when it's not only okay, but necessary to splurge.


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Do you have your Boss’s back?

It seems that everywhere you look you can find advice about how to be a better boss. 


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Customized Gifts on the Go

As you have been building your brand you have probably been creating customized giveaways for years.


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Working Your Network

Like most business people you probably attend a lot of events that are focused on meeting others.


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Texting 101

Texting has steadily been working its way from a casual communication between a connected few to a bona fide business tool. 


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Business Travel Trends

The most obvious business related feature of the millennial traveler is their assumption of being constantly connected to their office, personal network, and…


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Sleep Tight

Getting a good night’s rest is not only about how many Zzz’s you get. 


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Sharpen your Sales Savvy

Whether your year ahead is filled with out of town business partner meetings, conventions with potential connections, or composed mostly of in-office…


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Speaker Surprise

In your big meeting you often put the invited speakers right up in front of the room. Maybe they are instructors, or a leader of a different division.


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Making Connections & Intros

Online services like LinkedIn make it a snap to introduce colleagues or acquaintances. 


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Please Give Me A Sign

After searches and evaluations you have finally found the right place for your event.


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Conference Confidential

There have been concerns lately that free conference call services aren’t really free.


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I’m Good, Thanks

This is the time of year that we think about the concept of naughty and nice.


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Review That Review

Whether the event that you led was company private or a showy awards ceremony for key partners, the work that you put in to create it is now “out there”.


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Connect On Your Commute

As everyone knows, smart phones make it easy to multitask.


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Be Great To Those Who Are Late

Transportation is no easy business.


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Meeting Maker – Strategize Your Setup

Just as you would marry the food and beverage plans to your meeting attendees and meeting agenda, you should also pair your activities to the appropriate room…


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Sounds Good

Content is King. Everyone has heard that. But, what good is good content if it isn’t effectively shared?


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Movies Make the Meeting

There are a wide variety of options for offsite meeting spaces.  Professional hosting facilities like convention centers and hotels have updated spaces that…


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Effectively Networked

Some people relish the idea of a party that allows them to relax and let their guard down.


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Healthier Happenings

There are many commercials and ads encouraging people to incorporate healthier options into their daily lives.


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Times Square

As the end of the year approaches people start to think about their holiday traditions.


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AMEX Meeting Report

The Global Business Unit of American Express has declared the corporate meeting industry to be “back in business” for 2015.


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EMP Spotlight: Ellen Michaels

This year the leading lady of corporate event management, Ellen Michaels, celebrates her company’s 25th anniversary with a successful branding makeover.


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Getting Your Hands Dirty

“Engagement” seems to be the buzz word du jour for the meeting industry.


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Typewriter chic. Can old school be the new cool?

Some sales reports indicate that the sales of the iPad are declining. 


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