Tips for the Job Searcher:  How is your First Impression?

By: Ricki Sexton

The very first impression that you will give to any potential employer, is of course, your resume.  There are many things that make a resume stand out to a potential employer, and if you have a great resume, chances are good, you will get an interview and a chance to showcase yourself and your skills in person.  Here are a few tips to polish and shine your resume to stand above the crowd! Continue reading “Tips for the Job Searcher:  How is your First Impression?”

Wait, Too Many People are Talking at Once!

By: Lauren Millard

How many times has this happened to you?  You’ve been on a conference call, or in a board meeting, and too many people try to talk at once.  When this happens it can cause frustration for everyone involved.  The “talkers” aren’t being heard, and those listening can’t follow anything going on.

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We recently held a Job Task Analysis for one of our certification programs, which involved over 20 enthusiastic people who all wanted their idea to be heard.  To help alleviate some of the frustration, we were able to implement some basic guidelines to ensure the meeting was effective, and all the ideas were heard.  Continue reading “Wait, Too Many People are Talking at Once!”

Marketing Your Meeting – Before, During & After

By: Christina Welty

According to the American Marketing Association, “marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large” (http://www.ama.org).

At Partners, we hold a lot of meetings.  In fact, three of our clients have their annual conventions this month!  Your core members know about the meeting, but it’s important to keep them coming year after year.  It’s also essential to attract new attendees to grow your meeting.  Here are some quick tips to market the value of your meeting in addition to the standard practices of postcards, brochures, etc.     Continue reading “Marketing Your Meeting – Before, During & After”

Meeting Toolbox Essentials

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

One of my favorite parts of magazines is when they ask people “What’s in your bag?”.  You can gain great tips on beauty products, books, how to pack, etc.

We have a few meeting planners in our office and I always like to take a peek at what they have in their toolbox.  I’ve picked up some great tips from them.  Below are my essentials. Continue reading “Meeting Toolbox Essentials”

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??”

KEEP IT FRESH: The Key to Great Staff Meetings

By: Eric Thorn

Most organizations have periodic staff meetings to share information 01and keep everyone’s efforts coordinated. It is very easy for these meetings to become routine and fall into a pattern or rut over time. If things become too routine, lapses of attention and yes, even the dreaded B word, Boredom, can occur. Continue reading “KEEP IT FRESH: The Key to Great Staff Meetings”