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Dede Mulligan Bio

De-de Mulligan, CMP, CMM has been an experienced meeting professional since 1993. She has planned, coordinated and executed over 1,500 meetings for groups from 10 to 10,000 individuals.    She has... read more

8 Items that can have a Huge Impact on Your Event's AV Budget

When event planning, it is important that you know as much about the room layout, presenters' needs, and AV required as it is about the lunch you are serving to attendees. Nothing can make a... read more

Passive Meeting Participants are Poor Meeting Participants

The teacher/student methodology of learning for adults is gone. Dead. Passe.  With ever distracting technologies vying  for the meeting participant's attention and time, shouldn't you try and make it... read more

The 6S' to a Successful Operation at SmartSource Rentals

SmartSource Rentals (SSR) has taken a bold step to improve efficiencies among its 21 national branch locations through the implementation of  a program to streamline operations and improve workplace... read more

The Ins and Outs of Hybrid Meetings and What They Mean to You

Although hybrid events have been around for awhile, they are expected to garner more popularity as technology becomes faster, less expensive and more reliable.  This blog will tackle what a hybrid... read more

The Latest and Greatest on Governmental Meeting Legislation and What it Means to You

Last July, there were two bills introduced into the US House of Representatives to limit federal spending and attendance of face-to-face meetings by governmental employees. The first bill, HR 313 is... read more

7 Common Contract Conundrums and How to Correct Them

Contracts are the in the everyday fabric of all meeting planner's lives. They are the wheel that makes things happen.  Yet, according to Joan Eisenstodt, Chief Strategist of Eisenstodt Associates, LLC... read more

Audiovisual Rental Basics: Making Sense (and Cents) for Your Event

Event planning takes a lot of time and attention to detail. Obviously you need fantastic content and a great speaker, but beyond that your meeting logistics need to be laid out just right. Here are a... read more

Technology Reigns With Sold Out Conferences - Find Out Why

Riddle me this: What do  TED SXSW Oracle OpenWorld and  C2MTL all have in common? They are extremely popular events and according to Skift, who recently published The Future of Meetings in Hospitality ... read more

Why Your Conference Feedback Loop is Broken and What to do About It

Feedback is meant to help people improve and be successful. Yet, many planners use a mechanism to gather feedback -  through paper, Audience Response System rentals, or mobile device apps - but don't... read more

Yearly Spend on B2B Trade Shows is close to $70 Billion

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) recently released two reports titled Attendee Direct Spend Estimate and Exhibitor Direct Spend Estimate which indicated that the former spends $45... read more

Survey Says: 7 Key Findings for Association Meeting Planners

In the March 2014 edition of Convene magazine, PCMA released their annual survey on the state of the meeting industry. Although this was a very comprehensive survey comparing trends over... read more

6 Specific Steps that can Land Your Meeting a 5-Star Rating

Every hotel owner dreams of it; but very few receive it.  The coveted 5-Star Rating from Forbes Travel Guide or 5-Diamond Rating from AAA. In fact, of the thousands of US hotel properties, only 58 and... read more

Break Out of Your Breakout Room Routine! Here are 5 Fresh Ideas

Concurrent sessions or breakouts are where most of the educational content of your conference occur. Ironically, this is where you often "hit or miss" with presenters. Your attendees can walk into one... read more

7 Super Time Saving Tools to Stay Connected with Your Attendees

One thing event planners all have in common is a shortage of time and money. While there isn't a whole I can do about the latter, I am happy to report there are digital tools available for promoting... read more

What is Your Event's Publicity Plan? Here are 6 Tips from PR Pros

What makes one event garner more photographers, media and bloggers than another?  A well thought out publicity plan.  BizBash's Alesandra Dubin set out to determine what the difference makers are when... read more

Meetings Mean Business: 4 Key Indicators of Their Overall Value

Meetings Mean Business recently launched the above video and updated their findings about the number of meetings, GDP effect and taxes generated from meetings. In fact, the meeting... read more

7 Solid Ways Presenters can Talk Like TED

Technology, Design, Entertainment, or TED for short, hit its 30th anniversary in March. This highly sought after conference has hosted individuals from Bill Gates to an unknown 13-year-old African... read more

Five Compelling Reasons to Rent Tablets for Your Next Conference

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) held their annual Transcather Cardiovascular Therapeutice conference in late October of last year. This six-day conference, held in San Francisco,... read more

4 Fantastic Ways to Brain-Engage Your Event

Your attendee walks into a cold, dimly lit meeting room with no natural light. . They see scores of empty chairs and the PowerPoint presentation equipment has a black and white slide indicating... read more

What Lies Ahead for Event Planning? Challenges, Shifts and Growth

Rohit Talwar, CEO of Fast Future Research led the effort in two recent future trend studies: Convention 2020 and Power of 10. Below is a synopsis of those studies and what meeting planners everywhere... read more