Planner Guides

Best Practices for Experiential Meetings

by | June 08,2017
Meeting planners who focus on experiential events and travel will reap big benefits: Experiential meetings help build lasting bonds, boost attendee engagement, inspire loyalty, and leave a powerful lasting impression.

How to Create High-Impact Team Experiences

by | June 07,2017
Northstar Meetings Group presents a practical guide that will help you set up the most common forms of modern team building, and empower your team members to form the positive work relationships they need to accomplish great things.

Site Selection Guide for Med/Pharma Meetings

by | June 06,2017
Successful Meetings presents a comprehensive look at how to find the perfect destinations and venues for successful med/pharma meetings, while remaining in compliance with the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

Guide to Time Management

by | June 05,2017
Northstar Meetings Group presents a practical guide to time management, featuring insightful tips on how to manage time wisely and strategically, along with timelines, checklists, calendars, and time logs, interspersed with top meeting planners' biggest time management "pain points."

Experience: The Best Teaching Tool

by | June 02,2017
There’s a movement afoot to enhance the experience of the learning that occurs at meetings and events. The PowerPoint lecture has steadily been losing favor, and we need to transmit messages through an experience that engages attendees and enables them to consume it effectively. Successful Meetings presents an exploration of the power of experiential learning that is changing the way that planners are looking at education.


Site Selection Dos and Don’ts

by | May 02,2017

June 21, 2017, 2pm ET:In this webcast, Kendra Murray, Vice President, Meetings & Incentives at Bishop-McCann, and Dahlton Bennington, Director of Meetings and Incentives at PROfound Planning, site selection specialists will detail a comprehensive strategy guide for how to conduct a successful site inspection. They will reveal best practices for gauging the ability of destinations and hotels to meet the general requirements of a meeting (such as what type of destination or property meets the event's objective) as well as specific requirements such as room accommodations, F&B, technology, function space, and other important considerations.(Sponsored by Kalahari) 


How to Stretch an F&B Budget

by | May 01,2017

July 28, 2017, 2pm ET: Budget issues are always a stumbling block to producing great F&B for meetings. In this webcast, experienced, planners and top convention service managers will share best practices for saving money and how to find places to trim a budget without affecting the quality of the dining experience.


January 2017: Navigating the Merger Landscape

by | July 10,2016

January 19 

Navigating the Merger Landscape

As airlines and hotel brands consolidate, meeting planners are adapting to a new reality where hotels have even more negotiating power and airlines are reducing the number flight options. This session will feature tips and best practices from planners and suppliers on how being strategic, flexible, and informed can give planners the tools to survive and even thrive.      

CMP: Domain I, Strategic Planning

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February 2017: Top Meeting Tech Trends

by | July 09,2016

February 22

Top Meeting Tech Trends

Discover what technology you should be considering to use now and new tools that are on the horizon. This webcast will cover the important tech trends that every planner should know, especially in the areas of: mobile technology, social media, location-based technology, wearable computing and more. Expert presenters will detail steps to prepare for these changes and offer links, tips, apps and ideas that can attendees can use immediately.

Speakers: Wilson Tang, Vice President, Digital Experience, Freeman and Matt Bendett, Head of Central Operations, Peerspace
Sponsor: Meet Atlantic City
CMP: Domain G, Meeting or Event Design

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March 2017: Including the Rainbow — Planning the LGBT-Friendly Event

by | July 08,2016

March 22

Including the Rainbow — Planning the LGBT-Friendly Event The LGBT event is a growing niche in the meetings industry. Destinations around the country are developing programs and marketing strategies to reach and serve this market. Most meetings do not specifically focus on LGBT issues but almost all meetings include attendees who are a part of the LGBT community. How should this fact be reflected in the content of mainstream meetings and events? In this webcast, experienced planners and suppliers will present best practices for building itineraries, creating content, promoting, and executing meetings and events that create a spirit of inclusion for all attendees.

CMP: Domain G, Meeting or Event Design
Sponsor: Greater Fort Lauderdale

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Continuing Education

Meetings Masterclass Series

by | June 02,2017
The Meetings Masterclass Series offers free professional development courses for business meeting planners and incentive professionals on a range of industry topics, presented by industry experts and thought leaders via self-paced video programming. Northstar Meetings Group — the team behind Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Incentive, and Meeting News — is a CMP Preferred Provider, and each Masterclass Series course offers CMP credits.

Omni University

by | February 10,2017
Omni University's Travel Advisor and Meeting Specialist Courses. Explore two education tracks, one for travel advisors and one for meeting planners. You may choose to take one or both courses, depending on your business requirements. Welcome and enjoy your learning experience. Earn a free night stay upon completion of courses.


Unpredictability 'New Norm' in Hotel Rates, TravelClick Reports

by Matt Alderton | July 24,2017
Hotel rates and bookings are proving to be "inconsistent" this year, concludes TravelClick in its latest industry forecast.

30 Seconds to Smart: Challenges of Planning Small Meetings (Video)

by Michaela Christensen | June 27,2017
We asked planners about the most difficult factors when planning small events.

New Findings on What Drives Meeting Attendance

by Alex Palmer | June 22,2017

Latest "Decision to Attend Study" finds leisure experiences key to attracting attendees.

30 Seconds to Smart: Social Media Used at Small Meetings (Video)

by Michaela Christensen | June 20,2017
We asked small meeting planners what types of social media tools they use.

White Paper: Technology, Young People Influencing Meetings

by Matt Alderton | June 19,2017
IACC's latest "Meeting Room of the Future" white paper reveals an appetite for memorable and personalized meeting experiences.