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Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Hold-All Plates

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 25,2014
This dish is perfect for standing receptions.
Budget

Cab Share

Try this tip to cut down on ground transportation costs.

Attrition Fix

Here's how one planner negotiated his way out of a steep hotel penalty.
Career

Time-Management Trick

Get more done with this simple concentration technique.

Career Maker

Demonstrate your value to the company with this smart tip.
Charity

Charity Favor

With this cost-effective gift idea, it really is the thought that counts.

The Greatest Gift

Instead of a gift bag or party favor, try this.
Corporate Social Responsibility

Paper Saver

Click here to find out how outsourcing locally can make cents.

Good Work

This holiday season, give to charity without spending an extra cent.
Decor

Stick-On Whiteboards

Try this cost-saving alternative for classroom sessions.

Geometric Screens

Think outside the box-shaped screen.
Entertainment

Grow Your Band

One band. Three experiences.

Act Two

As long as you're paying for performers, they might as well put on a double feature.
Food and Beverage

Hold-All Plates

This dish is perfect for standing receptions.

Tea-rrific Savings

Work this money-saving strategy into F&B contracts.
Gifts

Cord-Free

This tiny device syncs all of your big devices.

Gift Savings

Use discontinued stock to save big on premiums and giveaways.
Green Meetings

Take a Hike

Go from carbon footprint to shoe print.
Incentives

Doing Time

If you plan resort meetings or incentives every year, this tip could save you thousands.

Good Timing

When the incentive travel budget drops, consider this.
Negotiation

Better Room Rates

To get the most from suppliers, find mutually beneficial middle ground.

Attrition Fix

Here's how one planner negotiated his way out of a steep hotel penalty.
Off Site Venues

Bar Bargain

Score a big-name venue without the big price tag.

Ballpark vs. Ballroom

This event idea can cut costs by as much as 50 percent.
Programming

Stick-On Whiteboards

Try this cost-saving alternative for classroom sessions.

Page Turner

Self publish for dollars (or less) with this multifunctional digital tool.
Speakers

Reality Star Power

Hire a reality cast member for budget-friendly entertainment.

More Speaker Savings

Barter with speakers to lower your costs.
Special Events

Double-Duty Celebration

Add recognition elements to your holiday soiree.

Sit Where the Tree Tells You

This tip adds elegance to seating-card displays.
Sponsors

In the Spotlight

Brand a blank wall or floor with this affordable, reusable technology.

RFC: Request for Cash

This new service provides an easy way to find sponsors.
Staffing

Hold-All Plates

This dish is perfect for standing receptions.

Time Zone Calendar

Consult this tool to schedule conference calls and more.
Team Building

DIY Team Building

Try these low-cost activity kits.

Game, Set, Match

Check out these team-building ideas that are simple, low-cost and fun.
Technology

Record Keeper

Upgrade to this smart note-taking app.

Geometric Screens

Think outside the box-shaped screen.
Trade Shows

Booth Builder

No budget to hire a professional exhibit or event designer? Try this free online tool.

Rooms for Rent

With this idea, your group won't lose money on excess space.
Transportation

Cab Share

Try this tip to cut down on ground transportation costs.

Hop On

To find out how your hotel can help you save on pricey motor transfers, click here.
Travel

Phone Finder

This tiny tracking device can save dollars and prevent headaches.

This App Zaps Jet Lag

Flying abroad? Download this app to feel refreshed during and after your trip.

Features

2014 Salary Survey

Two years after our last such survey, M&C presents an updated look at salaries and job satisfaction for association, corporate and independent/third-party...

365-Day Engagement

How one association increased its membership, attendance and annual revenues by keeping its members involved year-round.

DMAI: 100 Years of Service

A timeline of milestones in the history of Destination Marketing Association International and the industry it has served for a century

Convention Center Architects

Tomorrow's convention centers will be more integrated with their communities and more responsive to attendees, as revealed in these profiles of facility...

Research

Profile of a Meeting Planner

A look at key responsibilities, spending power and more, culled from M&C's latest Salary Survey

Travel: Love It or Loathe It?

What do planners really think about all the traveling they do? The answers are revealed in the newest poll from M&C Research.

Cities With the Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

The World Hotel Index has released a list of the cities with the most expensive hotels in the world, on average. Geneva, Switzerland, comes in at no. 1 with an...

Planners Elaborate on What They Love, Hate and Miss Most on the Road

Verbatim comments from our July 2014 research survey.
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