Friday, December 17, 2010
Best Careers 2011: Meeting Planner - US News and World Report
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Conference News - Research White Papers - PMUSA Previews 2011 Meetings Trends - Successful Meetings
Monday, November 22, 2010
Holiday Party Offer -- Take 10% off by mentioning where you saw this offer - Promotions - Eventective Forums
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Very Interesting Article about FAST Meeting Registration!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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Monday, November 8, 2010
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
James A. (Jim) Traficant, Jr. was born in Youngstown, Ohio on May 8, 1941. He received BS and MS degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an MS from Youngstown State University in 1976. From 1981-1985 he served as sheriff of Mahoning County, prior to his election to the U.S. Congress in 1984. He was re-elected by overwhelming margins every year up until 2002 when, following his conviction on corruption charges, he was expelled from the House of Representatives.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
Released from federal prison last year after serving seven years on corruption charges, the former congressman known for ending his floor speeches with "Beam me up, Mr. Speaker" is running as an independent back in his old stomping grounds.
Traficant was only the second member to be removed from Congress since the Civil War, by a vote of 420-1.
That being said, some of his floor statements were -- as Chris Farley used to say -- awesome.
It was just over 14 years ago that Traficant delivered a speech for the ages. No, it probably doesn't rank up there with President Kennedy's bold challenge to reach the moon or President Reagan's "tear down this wall" address, but it was one worth noting.
Here is one example of Traficant’s style.
Singling out the Department of Agriculture's Environmental Quality Incentives Program for questionable spending, Traficant said: “After years of studies and reports, and after hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars, the Department of Agriculture has come to several conclusions.
No 1: Big farm animals produce more manure than small farm animals.
And No. 2: Manure stinks. Beam me up, Mr. Speaker!
200 million dollars to determine that manure stinks. I think these environmentalists over at the Department of Agriculture have been smelling too many methane fumes...”
If you would like to see him on the air here are some links to see his speaking style:
Remember to sign up for the ASIS International Akron-Canton Chapter and SACS Consulting sponsored event on Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 7:30 to 9:30 am at Ohio Prestwick Country Club in Uniontown, Ohio. It is $20 per person, payable at the door, and all are welcome. A reservation is required and can be made by calling Alma Gasper from SACS Consulting at 330.255.1101 x306 or email at email@example.com.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
By Paula J. Rigling, CAE, CMP
One of the mistakes meeting planners frequently make is not paying enough attention to the layout and design of their meeting rooms. Too often planners are more concerned with accommodating the most people possible in a space instead of designing an environment that is conducive to meeting the goals and objectives of the event. For your next meeting, why not commit to creating an environment that promotes interaction, engages attendees and provides a comfortable, safe space to meet?
Start with the meeting's purpose, goals and objectives:
• Are you planning a session where attendees will be simply listening to a keynote or watching a presentation on screen? If so, then straight-row theater seating should be fine.
• Is your goal to increase interaction among attendees? Then you'll need to create a layout that promotes interaction, and allows them to see each other and share information. In a large group, this might mean curved row seating, or placing the facilitator or speaker in the center and setting the room in the round. Any time you allow people to see the faces of the other attendees, you increase their opportunity to interact and engage with others.
• Do your attendees need to have table space to work in small groups? Consider a T set for the room, with two or three people at the head and two or three people on each side of the center row of each T. I find this preferable to using rounds or crescent rounds for a group because it brings the participants closer together and controls the noise level, as they aren't talking across a large open table.
• Are you planning a formal banquet? Consider using a mixture of different-sized rounds for six, eight or 10, combined with some rectangle or square seating. This creates a more visually pleasing look for the room. It also creates energy and anticipation as attendees react to the unexpected set-up. While you're at it, change up the linens and napkin colors and specify a different napkin fold for each type of table. A search for napkin folds will return several websites with illustrated designs to help spark your creativity. I always ask the facility what color linens they have available and make sure to vary colors at the events. If need be, I allocate funds for linen rentals. Using colored linens is an extremely easy way to add excitement to an event for a small amount of money.
Create a comfortable, safe space for your attendees to spend time in:
• Avoid creating a "bowling alley" setting. Too often rooms are set with the stage or speaker at the head of the room on the short wall. When you have more than 100 attendees, set the front of the room on the long wall to decrease the distance between the last row of the audience and the speaker. This will make it easier and more comfortable for your attendees to see the stage and screen.
• Design seating that keeps people from clustering in the back and clears the emergency exits. How many times have you been asked to add chairs to a room because people are standing in back, when there are actually plenty of open seats in the middle of the room? Too often those standing are clustered around doors, thereby creating an unsafe situation. To avoid this, I use some principles of audience-centered seating as outlined in Dr. Paul Radde's "SEATING MATTERS State of the Art Seating Arrangements" book. First, I have the facility set the last row of seating on the back wall, leaving a wide aisle between it and the second-to-last row. This allows people to walk in front of the last row to get to the side aisles, but doesn't allow them to stand at the back, in front of those seated. Speaking of side aisles, make sure the facility leaves several feet at the end of each row to allow people to move up the sides and into empty seats. This is important, in case of emergency, and also helps those who might need to leave during the session. Another principle of Dr. Radde's is to create cut-in access aisles by removing a center chair from each row. This allows people in the back to move up through several rows into those empty middle seats. To learn more about audience-centered seating, you can obtain a copy of Dr. Radde's book at www.thrival.com.
• Create a comfortable, safe environment. I prefer that the facility not lock the seats together in a row, as it limits the ability of the attendees to rearrange seating to be more comfortable and prevents them from forming small groups, if needed. For one of my clients, we add a couple of rows of comfortable couches and easy chairs provided by the convention decorator to the front of the general session room. This has helped ensure people don't leave the front row empty and provides an option to those who desire something more comfortable than a meeting chair.
By creating an environment designed with your attendees' objectives, goals, comfort and safety in mind, you'll ensure your meetings are enjoyable. The next time you get ready to provide meeting specifications to a facility, take some time to take all these things into consideration. Then, you're bound to have a successful meeting!
Paula Rigling, CAE, CMP, is the owner of Meeting Planning Professionals, a full-service meeting planning firm in Austin, Texas, that offers a full array of event management services to a variety of clients, ranging from state, national and international associations, to technology companies and medical communications firms. Paula has over 25 years experience in the areas of hotel sales, catering, convention services and association meeting planning, and frequently writes, teaches and speaks on the subject of meeting planning. E-mail her, follow her on Twitter or on Facebook, or read her blog.
Friday, July 30, 2010
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Sunday, June 6, 2010
* Too busy to stop and eat
* Skip breakfast, then feel starved at lunchtime
* Avoid snacks
* Don’t eat enough at regular meals
When you are hungry it makes it tough to choose food wisely and often leads to overeating.
Solution: In this week's meeting, you will identify the times of day when hunger strikes, enabling you to implement strategies that will keep you in control and on track. We will explore how eating Filling Foods can help make you feel
more satisfied, so you can stay ahead of hunger and boost weight-loss progress.
Monitor your hunger each day on the charts in your 3 Month Journal to get a better idea of your hungriest times. Only $6 in Meeting Rooms.
Mini Bar, Oatmeal, and Smoothie Sale
From June 6 to June 26, all Weight Watchers Mini Bars, Oatmeal, and Smoothies will be on sale for $5 per box.
The magazine is $.50 off from June 6 to June 26.
New Fitness Kits
Two brand-new fitness kits, Work Your Belly, Butt & Thighs and Punch!, are in meeting rooms and sell for $30 and $25 respectively.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” —Aristotle
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
You and a Guest are Cordially Invited to the
Hudson Clocktower Rotary
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The Country Club of Hudson, 2155 Middleton Road
6 PM Reception, 6:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Recognition and Installation
Cash Bar * Rustic Chicken * House Salad * Rolls & Butter
Bow Tie Pasta * Green Beans Almandine
* Strawberry Whip Cream Cake
* Coffee, Tea, & Iced Tea
$30 Per Person
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Friday, April 9, 2010
SOLUTION: In next week's meeting, you will learn about the power of tracking. We will discuss strategies for achieving more consistency with monitoring and explore ways to make more extensive monitoring easier so it won't seem like a chore. Weight Watchers wants to make it part of your lifestyle and their are many techniques that can make you successful.
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"Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement." -- Spanish Proverb
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