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Nov 07, 2012

The profitable politics of special events

The robocalls, the attack ads, the surprisingly nasty Facebook posts from people you thought you knew. There is oh-so-much to hate about a....More
Oct 31, 2012

Coping with cancellations

While I was nervously switching between online news broadcasts and Facebook posts for news about the big Sandy storm, the team over at MeetingsNet,....More
Oct 08, 2012

Write a speech—it's good for you!

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” ―E.M. Forster Right now, I'm at work on my presentation for this year's Midwest Regional....More
Oct 07, 2012

Write a Speech—It's Good for You!

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” ―E.M. Forster Right now, I'm at work on my presentation for this year's Midwest Regional....More
Sep 18, 2012

With apologies to Ducky and Bob!

I had so much fun putting together our where were you in '82" story. As Special Events celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, we've been taking....More
Sep 12, 2012

Want a better body? Work a special event.

My favorite Facebook post of the month came from Katherine McCommon, vice president of regional operations at Intelligent Lighting Design of Austin,....More
Aug 29, 2012

I know what you did last business trip

I know your trips on business for conventions and trade shows are packed solid with productive meetings and hard work. But most people think you....More
Aug 15, 2012

Caterers, competition and copper pots

One of the most interesting discussions I heard at ISES Eventworld 2012 in Dallas wasn't one of the formal presentations. Instead, it came up in....More
Aug 08, 2012

Winning with Bonny

My favorite acceptance speech at the ISES Esprit Awards on Saturday was delivered by Bonny Katzman, head of Boston's BK Design, as she accepted the....More
Aug 01, 2012

Danny Atta Boy!

Hooray, huzzah and atta boy to Danny Boyle for the Olympics Opening Ceremony last week. It's been funny to read the online comments afterward. I....More
Jun 26, 2012 Goes Virtual Goes Live

I just loved the recent news that—probably the most famous online dating site—is going offline. Well, not completely offline. But after....More
Jun 20, 2012

Enter the Gala Awards and see the world

What's the No. 1 question the Special Events team answers most often about entering the Gala Awards? It's not about deadlines (Sept. 14) or three-....More
Jun 09, 2012

The amazing story of the wedding gown

A new wedding gown in bridal shop can be beautiful. And an old wedding gown worn by someone you love? Far more. One of the most remarkable displays....More
May 18, 2012

Honor Julia Child's 100th Birthday on Pinterest

Doubtless many of you in special events admire the late Julia Child. I had the pleasure of meeting her once. It was a very brief encounter, but that....More
Apr 19, 2012

The wacky world of the GSA

When I first heard about the flap over "excessive" spending on events by the U.S. General Services Administration, I was worried, concerned we'd....More
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