The Struggle Is Real

By Lauren Asbell, CMP

Within the last month I have planned and executed a large annual conference, moved  to a new city, started working from home and I’m currently planning four more annual conferences for 2015; the next one taking place in a week.  Now this blog is not intended to sound like a pity-party, on the contrary, I learned a lot the last couple of weeks about the similarities between meeting planning and moving. Continue reading “The Struggle Is Real”

5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook

By: Danielle Jessup

Contracts can be a scary task if you are not familiar with the different clauses and terminology used today. The APEX Contracts Accepted Practices is a great tool to keep on file and reference before signing any contract/agreement. Picture this, you sign a contract for a client’s meeting and didn’t review the function space in its entirety. You get onsite and the meeting room that you thought you had on a 24 hour hold is not available until that evening. So you, your staff and the conference materials now have to wait a full day to move into the “office space”. Something so small can set your meeting off to a bad start. Whether you are working on a large annual conference or a small board meeting contract, here are 5 clauses that you should never overlook. Continue reading “5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook”

“We’ve double booked your meeting space”… Now What??

By: Lauren Millard

“Hi.  We’ve accidentally double booked your meeting space”.   As a meeting planner, that might be one of the worst phone calls you can get.  As if planning a meeting wasn’t stressful enough (Don’t believe me?  Read our previous post here!), now you’re workload has just been increased.

I just started planning meetings this year, and I was hit with this phone call.  As someone who was still learning the ins and outs of meeting planning, this sent me into a panic.  I learned a lot from the experience.  Here are some quick tips if you’re ever in this situation. Continue reading ““We’ve double booked your meeting space”… Now What??”

5th Most Stressful Job in 2014 – Event Coordinator

By: Danielle Jessup, BS

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 When you hear that enlisted military personnel, military generals, firefighters and airline pilots are among the top four most stressful jobs in 2014, you are probably nodding your head in agreement.  Especially since they all deal with the safety of others and are considerably dangerous jobs. Now if I had to guess, you are probably not thinking that number 5 is an event coordinator. Why is it that we love this profession, specifically association meeting management which is the most challenging type of event planning?  For me, it’s the challenge of demanding budgets, tight deadlines and ensuring attendee satisfaction.  Here are three easy tips to help you stay calm. Continue reading “5th Most Stressful Job in 2014 – Event Coordinator”

Be the Mockingjay: What the Capitol Can Learn from Associations

By: District Three
John Galligan, Sigrid Hazelwood, Danielle Jessup, William Lessley, Rachel Luoma,  CAE

In the dystopian world of the Hunger Games, all resources flow into the Capitol where the rich and powerful greedily refuse to let the resources flow back out to the 13 districts who supplied all the goods and services to begin with. This, of course, is what brings about their downfall. Surely, if Panem were run like a non-profit, they would have never found themselves in such a situation.

The staff in our office bring together resources across all areas of association management which allow us to work as one large team for our clients. The organizations we work with allow us to improve our members’ lives which, in turn, causes the members to give back to the organization. Those Capitol people were really dense! Continue reading “Be the Mockingjay: What the Capitol Can Learn from Associations”

Let’s Go Cruising…. #Freedomoftheseas #RoyalCaribbean

By: Lisa Kamper

Cruising means different things to different people. Some people like Freedom of the Seas Full Ship 1to take a cruise to disconnect from the world, while others prefer to cruise and meet a whole new group of people who like the same things that they like. This year will be my 6th time on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. I remember the first time sailing on this ship back in October 2011. I remember researching everything I possibly could about this massive ship and what it had to offer. I spent hours on sites like Cruise Critic (www.cruisecritic.com) chatting with other people that had been on the ship several times. These people are the ones that I classified as the experts both on this particular ship and cruising in general. I also chatted with the people like me that were new to this ship. Continue reading “Let’s Go Cruising…. #Freedomoftheseas #RoyalCaribbean”

My “Organized” Messy Life

By: Lauren Asbell

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Thank you to the anonymous friend who let me photograph her office, I will start organizing it tomorrow.

My mom would be the first to tell you that she never thought I would write a blog about organizing.  She loves to tell the story about cleaning my room when I was 5 and finding a half-eaten apple in the bottom of my toy box.  Yes, I was a messy child and it only got worse when I was a teenager.  My parents would bribe, threaten, and ground me just to get me to clean my room.

As an adult, I think I’ve gotten better.  Though there are still areas of my life that are not organized.  My friends often threaten to not only power wash the outside of my car, but also the inside.  Though my answer to that is if the zombie apocalypse ever happens we would survive in my car.  Of course, that’s a blog for another time. Continue reading “My “Organized” Messy Life”