News For Planners

How do business travelers feel about travel management?

Wednesday, 8/24/2011 3:08:37 PM

Each year, millions of business travelers either hit the road or take to the skies to attend important meetings for their companies. In fact, the business travel industry, which garners an approximate $263 billion in revenue annually, is one of the few industries that is still noticeably expanding despite the economic recession.

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How to have fun when traveling for business

Wednesday, 8/24/2011 3:05:35 PM

Traveling for business can be stressful. Not only do you have to worry about important face-to-face meetings with clients, but there's also all the annoying minutiae that goes along with maneuvering through unfamiliar space.

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Fun little extras to bring along on those long business trips

Tuesday, 8/23/2011 4:47:19 PM

If you frequently travel on business trips, you've probably had the experience of leaving something useful behind, especially if you've trained yourself to pack light. This can be frustrating when you find yourself with a little downtime in between those big in-person meetings with clients and nothing with which to amuse yourself.

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Electronic prohibition: keep your business meetings business-like

Tuesday, 8/23/2011 4:45:38 PM

In an age where almost everyone has their own smartphone, tablet and laptop computer, it's a rare occurrence for business professionals to be found without one or the other at any given time.

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Tips for finding the best airfares and hotel rates on your next business trip

Friday, 8/19/2011 2:49:31 PM

Business people who frequently travel know the importance of value when it comes to booking their travel arrangements. This is especially true in the wake of the economic recession and the TSA shutdown, which has allegedly cost airlines billions of dollars in revenues and caused them to up their charges and fees wherever possible.

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A guide to help plan your next business meeting or conference

Thursday, 8/18/2011 4:35:52 PM

Those who have had the responsibility of planning their companies big meetings know that a lot goes on behind the scenes to make the meeting a success. Not only do you have to account for participants and try to accommodate everyone, but you have to ensure that the meeting room is booked and that everything goes off without a hitch.

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Essential products for the frequent business traveler

Thursday, 8/18/2011 4:34:21 PM

If your job requires you to do a lot of traveling, you know that there can be many complications. You may get slammed with extra fees at the airport, have to wait in long lines or wind up rushing off to your business meetings looking disheveled after a long flight

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GBTA finds that business travelers to pay more attention to ancillary fees

Wednesday, 8/17/2011 4:34:35 PM

According to the recently released second Annual Corporate Travel Policy Benchmarking & Insight Study, conducted by a joint effort between the Global Business Travel Association Foundation and Egencia (a corporate travel extension of Expedia, Inc.), only 21 percent of businesses in Europe and North America are currently tracking their ancillary fees.

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Concur the first to offer mobile flight-booking option for corporate travelers

Wednesday, 8/17/2011 4:33:41 PM

Concur has announced its intention to unveil the first mobile air booking service for business travelers at the Global Business Travel Association's Denver convention this Monday, August 22.

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Business meetings mean more business

Tuesday, 8/16/2011 4:49:35 PM

Business meetings are more than just a tool to help companies conduct business - they're a multi-billion dollar industry in and of themselves. A report released by the Convention Industry Council in February 2011 revealed that business meetings cause an additional $263 billion in spending each year - money that is then redistributed into the economy.

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Benefits of flying first class

Monday, 8/15/2011 3:41:52 PM

If you fly frequently for business or send your employees on frequent trips, fly in style with first class. You may think it's not worth the money, but flying first class has many benefits, especially for those who fly all the time.

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Ideas for facilitating strategic meetings management programs

Friday, 8/12/2011 1:34:11 PM

Strategic meetings management (SMM) is the practice of ensuring that your business' meetings are run as efficiently as possible, which makes the most of your company's time, money and other resources.

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Should meeting planners use online booking agencies to book their hotel meetings?

Thursday, 8/11/2011 3:32:47 PM

This month, and have announced plans for a new service: discounted hotel meeting rooms. For Orbitz, a travel-planning giant that is generally known for providing great discounts on flights, car rentals and air fare, this will be their first foray into the world of business.

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Premium air travel is back in vogue with business travelers

Wednesday, 8/10/2011 3:09:28 PM

According to a recent report by the Global Business Travel Association, premium air travel is again on the rise, indicating a positive upswing for business travelers all over the world. The study, "Consumer Choice in Premium Air Travel," surveyed samples from the American, Asian and European markets.

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Women should turn-down the glamour effect for business meetings

Wednesday, 8/10/2011 3:08:09 PM

In today's highly-competitive world - where every actress, model and television personality projects the image of perfect glamour, whether they're rushing off to an important face-to-face meeting or running a simple errand - women feel pressured to turn every situation into a glamorous event.

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The city of Scottsdale, Arizona, launches a campaign to attract travelers for both business meetings and recreation

Tuesday, 8/9/2011 2:09:58 PM

In an attempt to pump a little vitality into the community's dwindling tourism industry, Scottsdale, Arizona has recently launched a campaign to attract travelers to the city. The campaign, officially titled "Come to Work, Come Back to Play," is managed by the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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GBTA names the best and worst cities for business meetings in 2011

Monday, 8/8/2011 7:00:23 PM

If your business requires you to travel a lot, whether for conventions or face to face meetings, you know that there are a lot of hidden costs that go along with regularly incurred travel expenses.

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Make a powerful first impression at your next business meeting or interview

Friday, 8/5/2011 3:21:24 PM

First impressions are usually made within the first 60 seconds of meeting someone, so it's important to consider the image you're projecting. Doing a little prep work can transform you from a self-conscious and frightened candidate to a strong, confident and winning professional in the eyes of another.

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Selecting the right site for your business meeting

Thursday, 8/4/2011 3:34:18 PM

Those who frequently attend face to face meetings know that there's more than one way to host an effective meeting. Strategists all over the world spend time trying to find ways to make meetings more effective, but more often than not it all boils down to the same two concepts: subject matter and location, location, location.

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Six questions you should ask before calling your next business meeting

Wednesday, 8/3/2011 2:59:33 PM

Before you send out a company-wide invite for an in-person meeting, take the time to ask yourself these six questions. You'll get better results and stay on everyone's good side because you won't be wasting precious time.

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Planning an event to help promote your business

Tuesday, 8/2/2011 4:20:47 PM

Many businesses rely on solid relationships and face to face meetings to cement their customer relationships but don't have a solid strategy for attracting new clientele. A fun way to market your business and generate interest through personal contact is by planning an event such as an informational conference or seminar.

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How to record useful minutes at your next business meeting

Monday, 8/1/2011 4:00:03 PM

Being responsible for the company minutes can be a daunting task. Which information should you include? What is safe to leave out? If you've been tasked with the chore of recording and processing the minutes for your next face to face meeting, don't fear!

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The benefits of riding the rails for your next business trip

Friday, 7/29/2011 4:12:09 PM

If you're a business professional who frequently travels, you know the aggravations that can come with airline travel. High fares, long security-check lines and multiple layovers can quickly add up to an awful experience.

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FAA shutdown doesn't bode well for business travelers

Friday, 7/29/2011 4:10:20 PM

The Aerospace Industries Association indicated on Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shutdown would have "a broad and deep negative impact on [both] aviation and our economy."

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Who are today's business travelers?

Thursday, 7/28/2011 6:15:09 PM

In today's fast-moving world, more and more business travelers are taking to the skies to engage in face to face meetings and conferences. That's because, when it comes to forming solid business relationships, there's just no substitution for real, live communications. But who are today's travel-savvy business moguls?

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Tips for getting through the airport faster

Thursday, 7/28/2011 6:12:57 PM

Business people who frequently travel by plane all share a common gripe: the seemingly absurd amount of time it takes to get into, through and out of the airport. From navigating confusing parking lots and terminals to checking bags and standing in line for security checks, this can amount to hours of productivity stolen from your day.

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Safety tips for business women who travel

Wednesday, 7/27/2011 5:29:42 PM

Women who frequently travel alone for business purposes know that there's ample reason to be wary. However, that shouldn't stop you from getting the job done. Empower yourself and protect your security by following these tips for staying safe:

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From flip charts to powerpoints: making your meetings more interactive

Wednesday, 7/27/2011 5:28:08 PM

We all know what it's like to sit through those long, boring lecture-style meetings. In a best case scenario, you'll make it through without your boss noticing your wide-mouthed yawns or seeing that you've checked your watch every few minutes. In a worst case scenario, your snores will distract the presenter, potentially making the meeting even longer.

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How to prepare yourself for that important business meeting

Wednesday, 7/27/2011 5:26:57 PM

We've all been in the position of having to prepare for a monumentally important face to face meeting. Whether you're getting ready to meet with the CEO of the company or going over billables with your firm's largest client, it's easy to let nerves get the best of you.

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Useful phrases for facilitating a business meeting

Tuesday, 7/26/2011 8:36:17 AM

Running a face to face meeting isn't always an easy task. In order to effectively manage a meeting, you'll need to have a clearly defined agenda to help you stay on track. But even more than that, you'll need the ability to stick to your agenda.

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Making your meetings more bearable for coworkers and employees

Tuesday, 7/26/2011 8:37:29 AM

Meetings are an essential part of most workplace environments, but managers who call meetings too frequently, or those who aren't able to run them effectively, quickly find coworkers and employees who are shuddering at the prospect of another one of their meetings.

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The new business traveler is tech-savvy

Tuesday, 7/26/2011 4:48:21 PM

The business traveler of today is more likely to embrace mobile technology as a way to facilitate their trips and make down time more productive, indicates a report by the Global Business Travel Association.

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Four ways to improve your business meetings and get the results that you need to succeed

Tuesday, 7/26/2011 4:50:53 PM

Most people don't enjoy business meetings, and it's pretty clear why. In a bad meeting, valuable employee time is wasted and little or nothing gets resolved. In many cases, meetings become full-blown venting sessions that pick away at the issue without reaching any satisfying or actionable conclusions.

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Planning a corporate meeting agenda

Tuesday, 7/26/2011 4:53:18 PM

In the corporate wold, in-person meetings are the way to do business. Not only are they an effective means of communicating ideas, but they provide participants the opportunity to form solid and meaningful business relationships.

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Tips for keeping your business meeting on track

Tuesday, 7/26/2011 8:35:12 AM

Sometimes, an email just isn't adequate enough to communicate a task or idea with your employees. In those cases, good old fashioned face to face meetings are required. If your employees cringe every time they get a meeting invite from you, however, it may mean that your meetings aren't as effective as you might think.

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Tips for planning your next hotel conference

Friday, 7/22/2011 4:30:31 PM

Hotel conferences are a great way to promote products and ideas. The kind of face to face meetings you'll experience provide opportunities to form real relationships with individuals who can help your business or cause.

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Break the ice at your next business meeting

Friday, 7/22/2011 4:32:42 PM

Ice breakers are great activities to kick off your next face-to-face meeting with employees or coworkers. Not only do these activities get everybody moving and engaged, they help people who may not know each other very well become more comfortable with one another.

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Tips for smarter business travel

Wednesday, 7/20/2011 3:35:41 PM

If you spend a lot of time traveling for your business, you know the value of time and money when it comes to flying, finding accommodations and getting around in an unfamiliar setting. Make the most of your business travel while expending the least amount of resources by using these five tips:

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Tips for effective meeting decision making

Tuesday, 7/19/2011 7:11:14 PM

Any business professional who has been tasked with planning a project is familiar with Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong, will. We've all experienced upsets in our professional planning, and have been required to make changes at the last minute.

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Essentials for business road warriors

Monday, 7/18/2011 8:22:55 PM

Contrary to the glamorous image of the fly-here, fly-there business executive, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration's Bureau of Transportation Statistics says that almost 75 percent of all business trips are within 250 miles from the home or office, and are consequently made by automobile.

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Tips for saving time when traveling for business

Monday, 7/18/2011 8:18:17 PM

Business professionals who travel frequently know the value of time. The more time you spend on business trips, the less time you have to spend with family, friends and loved ones.

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How to host a seminar or conference in a hotel

Monday, 7/18/2011 8:14:54 PM

Business conferences are a great way to make new contacts and share your unique professional prospective with other businesspeople in your field.

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Using technology to enhance your face to face meetings

Monday, 7/18/2011 8:10:44 PM

According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, the value of face to face meetings, such as those you'll find at business conferences and conventions, is unparalleled by modern technological advances such as webinars and video conferences.

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Why you should take advantage of small business conferences near you

Monday, 7/18/2011 8:01:31 PM

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur looking to increase your operation and your revenues? Consider connecting with other small business owners by attending a small business conference in your area.

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Robert's Rules for conducting a business meeting

Monday, 7/18/2011 7:56:41 PM

Hosting a business meeting for the first time can be intimidating, but the benefits of gathering all members of a corporate or non-profit venture into the same room to discuss the state of affairs simply cannot be paralleled by the confusion of conference calls and endless chains of emails.

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Networking outside of a business setting

Monday, 7/18/2011 7:47:20 PM

You don't have to wait for your next big business meeting or conference to make use of your networking skills. Opportunities for advancement are all around you, but it can be hard to see them if you don't know where to look.

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Tips for networking your next business conference

Monday, 7/18/2011 7:32:54 PM

One of the best features about in-person meetings and conferences is that they can present you with the perfect networking opportunities.

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Increase your business meeting and conference turnout

Monday, 7/18/2011 3:13:21 PM

It's probably no surprise to you that the general attitude surrounding staff meetings and conferences isn't all good. Many people see business meetings as a tedious waste of time that prevents them from performing their regular responsibilities.

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How meditation can benefit your next business meeting

Thursday, 7/14/2011 3:07:27 PM

No one can deny the benefits of face to face meetings, but in order to hold an effective business meeting, it's essential to ensure that participants are able to make the most of their time.

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Start your meetings on a positive note

Wednesday, 7/13/2011 7:27:57 PM

First impressions do count for a lot, especially in a business-driven environment. A positive first step is what helps close a lot of deals, gets contracts signed and keeps employee morale at peak levels.

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Edible accouterments to fuel your meetings

Wednesday, 7/6/2011 7:18:34 PM

To put it simply, not all meetings are short and sweet. As much as conference managers would love to have the power to engage attendees based solely on the subject matter that's being thrown around the table, it makes sense to provide a food table with snacks and drinks to keep everyone satisfied.

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How to make an effective meeting agenda

Tuesday, 7/5/2011 6:22:09 AM

Ever sat in on a college lecture and realized that the professor's rambling speech was virtually impossible to follow, or been to a meeting with no handout or PowerPoint presentation and noticed how tough it is to pay attention when there are no visual cues?

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Dress codes for business meetings

Thursday, 6/30/2011 5:26:48 PM

Conducting a business meeting, or preparing for an upcoming one? One thing that's often an endless source of confusion for meeting attendees is dress code. Casual or formal?

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Getting the most out of a business meeting

Wednesday, 6/29/2011 5:07:08 PM

Sitting in a meeting room or conference room for hours can get tedious - we all know it.

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The four rules of proper business meeting etiquette

Tuesday, 6/28/2011 5:01:30 PM

Whether you're conducting a business meeting or just attending one, there are certain rules that need to be followed.

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Some tips for improving your speaking skills at important meetings

Friday, 6/24/2011 3:12:15 PM

It's not uncommon to see many employees moan and groan when they hear about having to attend another business meeting. This is often because much of the information delivered during a meeting is presented in a dull and uninteresting way. Though being trapped in a conference room with a number of other professionals can be unnerving on its own, having to listen to a boring speaker can make the experience a real struggle. Luckily, we've assembled a few important tips speakers should follow when addressing a

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Business meetings outside the office

Friday, 6/24/2011 3:09:02 PM

While conducting a business meeting in a company conference room is an effective way to share ideas and brainstorm, not all occasions call for such a professional environment. Many executives choose to hold their face-to-face engagements in a more casual setting such as a restaurant or bar. When this is the case, it is important to plan each meeting according to the body's natural cycles in order to improve the chances of a successful interaction.

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Utilize company conferences to disseminate information to the workforce

Tuesday, 6/21/2011 10:14:54 PM

While there are many reasons for holding a company conference, they all concern disseminating important data throughout the workforce.

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How to implement a green strategy into your company's agenda

Wednesday, 6/15/2011 9:49:51 PM

Since President Barack Obama's first few months in office, the public has become more aware of terms like "carbon footprint" and other things that might harm the environment. There are all kinds of renewable energy rebate programs and tax incentives for homes and businesses alike.

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Tips and advice for effective training meetings

Tuesday, 6/14/2011 7:05:09 PM

Training an entire staff is one of the most pivotal facets of any business, as the future of the company is dependent on the knowledge and skill set of young employees. When conducting a business meeting, individual knowledge is usually already assumed.

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Strategic planning meetings - a glimpse into the future

Monday, 6/13/2011 7:55:52 PM

Strategic planning meetings are essential for any company that wishes to expand beyond the domestic marketplace, especially now that technology seems to be advancing at a rate that some simply can't keep up with. Some companies fail because they don't take the future into consideration, which severely inhibits growth.

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Ways that software can help your business

Friday, 6/10/2011 9:32:51 PM

Now that we're witnessing the peak of the Technology Age, computers add an entirely new level of convenience for society as a whole. When it comes to the business world, the enhancements of advanced software have made it possible to manufacture and distribute massive quantities of products on a global basis, making certain ventures far more lucrative than they once were.

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Networking strategies for successful businesses

Friday, 6/10/2011 9:30:37 PM

Proper networking skills are perhaps the most important facet of any business. Without them, it would be very difficult for a particular company to expand on a domestic or global basis.

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Ways to simplify international travel

Wednesday, 6/8/2011 9:03:40 PM

One of the greatest perks to being part of a large company is the potential for international travel. If you're lucky enough to be chosen for an important meeting in a foreign nation, there's no reason to fret.

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The importance of communication in business

Tuesday, 6/7/2011 6:15:45 PM

Effective communication skills are essential for any business, whether it's a small-time mom and pop shop or a global conglomerate. Although telecommunications is a little bit more of a mainstay nowadays, an in-person meeting is likely more important than a typical conference call or email exchange.

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How to gather effective teams for business meetings

Tuesday, 6/7/2011 6:17:57 PM

Team building for any business or large corporation is essential, as it's the initial stepping stone for company success. When conducting a business meeting, you want to make sure that the people giving the reports speak with knowledge and authority rather than incompetence and uncertainty.

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The importance of time management in the business world

Monday, 6/6/2011 8:27:14 PM

Time management is essential for the functionality of a company as a whole. Without this type of prioritization, there's no way the company would be able to maintain a steady streamline of production or make quota when it comes to sales.

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The unyielding benefits of traveling for business

Friday, 6/3/2011 11:17:35 PM

Some companies may be guided by the misconception that travel expenses are simply too high and that they're better off without business trips. In reality, traveling for an in-person meeting can not only benefit the company as a whole, but also the individual staff members who make those journeys.

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Banish those pre-meeting jitters

Friday, 6/3/2011 2:21:15 PM

We've all heard the silly suggestion to picture everyone in the room naked when we're nervous about speaking in public, but odds are we're going to burst out into giggles before we feel more relaxed with that technique! If you've got butterflies in your stomach about an upcoming presentation, in-person meeting or other public speaking venture, there are a few more tried-and-tested ways to work on your oratory skills.

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Pre-Trip Auditor makes business travel simple

Friday, 6/3/2011 12:02:05 AM

Although virtual meetings can save a company money, business professionals know that face-to-face rendezvous are crucial to running a successful enterprise.

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Tips for exploring a new city

Friday, 6/3/2011 12:40:14 AM

Sending employees away for face-to-face meetings with executives, partners and clients has many benefits for a business.

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Dealing with tax deductions when traveling for business (and pleasure)

Friday, 6/3/2011 12:48:15 AM

While the primary objective of a business trip is to reap the benefits of a face-to-face meeting with important clients and partners, most professionals agree that a night or two on the town is one of the perks of this kind of travel.

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Travel tips for businesswomen

Thursday, 6/2/2011 12:41:22 AM

While every business trip is unique, a special set of considerations await women on the road.

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The skills you'll need to be a successful meeting leader

Thursday, 6/2/2011 12:22:05 AM

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Tips for foreign business travel

Thursday, 6/2/2011 12:29:07 AM

Traveling within the United States can still be exciting and fun - like visiting New Orleans, Los Angeles or New York, for example - but, generally speaking, it's not a particularly complicated affair.

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Face-to-face meetings still important in a virtual world

Thursday, 6/2/2011 12:31:04 AM

In a world so easily connected by Twitter, Facebook, cellphones and web cameras, it can be easy to think that the face-to-face meeting is obsolete.

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Ways to prepare for a decision making meeting

Wednesday, 6/1/2011 10:51:28 PM

There is a huge difference between a decision making meeting and a typical hotel conference or sales meeting. The whole point of a decision making meeting is to figure out how to effectively act upon particular tactics of the general business or corporation. When conducting a business meeting, the primary strategy is to cover reports and let all the staff members in on the company's progress.

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Amadeus survey finds businesses consider travel important

Wednesday, 6/1/2011 12:41:07 AM

As businesses begin to shake off the effects of the financial crisis and the economy slowly but surely lurches out of the recession, companies are once again investing in business travel.

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Use your smartphone to make business travel easier

Wednesday, 6/1/2011 12:40:37 AM

If you often find yourself on the road for business travel, there are few accessories that can come in handy more than a smartphone.

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Preparing for overseas travel

Tuesday, 5/31/2011 12:08:53 AM

When you or your employees are traveling overseas to speak with clients and partners in face-to-face meetings, emotions are sure to be running high.

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Is it time for an in-person meeting?

Tuesday, 5/31/2011 12:20:08 AM

Flying across the country - or the world - to attend an in-person meeting is a fun and exciting break from the monotony of office life, but it can also be a drain on your resources, not just financially but emotionally and physically.

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Doing business abroad

Tuesday, 5/31/2011 12:25:51 AM

As your company expands, odds are that you'll eventually be branching out into the global market.

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Flying economy class

Tuesday, 5/31/2011 12:39:14 AM

Before the recession began, many veteran business travelers enjoyed the perks of frequent flying, like airline lounge memberships, business-class seating and airport Wi-Fi.

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Tips for conference room presentations

Tuesday, 5/31/2011 11:25:38 PM

When it's your responsibility to create and present powerpoint projects or other visuals for a hotel conference, it's extremely important to do the appropriate planning. In this situation, you might be afraid that you're going to miss something or mess up the entire presentation somehow.

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Making a good first impression during a face to face meeting

Tuesday, 5/31/2011 11:27:50 PM

If you're having an in-person meeting with a corporate leader or small business manager, it's important to make a good first impression. Whether you're meeting a new partner at the conference room to touch base on essential business strategies or gathering at a coffee shop for a job interview, there are certain things you want to keep in mind to spark this person's interest.

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Ways to prepare for a business trip

Tuesday, 5/31/2011 11:24:11 PM

If you know that a business trip is coming up in the next month, it's time to start planning. When that hotel conference begins, you want to display confidence and a sense of accomplishment. The best way to make your business trip an optimal experience is to make a checklist and make sure that each item on the list is fulfilled.

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Travel tips for businesswomen

Saturday, 5/28/2011 10:51:58 AM

It may be a man's world, but luckily, it's becoming increasingly more friendly to working women.

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Preparing for an in-person meeting

Friday, 5/27/2011 2:51:40 PM

There are a few crucial ways that planning for an in-person meeting differs from planning for a virtual meeting.

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Traveling tips for veteran businesspeople

Friday, 5/27/2011 4:43:38 PM

Wise, wizened, elderly, older, veteran, experienced - whatever euphemism you want to use, some of us have just been around longer than others.

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How business travel is getting easier

Friday, 5/27/2011 12:33:49 PM

Our modern world is full of many comforts that our parents and grandparents never could have imagined.

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Mixing business with pleasure: Conducting meetings at the bar

Thursday, 5/26/2011 4:15:21 PM

If you're traveling for business reasons, where should you conduct your in-person meeting? A conference room, a restaurant, a boardroom? Entrepreneur magazine has a time-tested but sometimes risky suggestion - the bar.

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How to conduct a business meeting in Mexico

Thursday, 5/26/2011 4:36:09 PM

Ah, Mexico. When many of us think of our neighbor the south, we think of white sand beaches, palm trees, margaritas and mariachi bands.

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Tips that will make your next in-person go smoothly

Thursday, 5/26/2011 4:24:45 PM

Although meeting with business partners, clients and prospects in person can be nerve-wracking, the etiquette required by the situation is actually easier to navigate than similar rules that apply to virtual meetings.

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Why meet in person?

Wednesday, 5/25/2011 2:45:47 PM

As video conferencing technology becomes more and more ubiquitous, some businesspeople are beginning to fear that the in-person meeting could become an endangered species.

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Meeting etiquette tips

Wednesday, 5/25/2011 3:12:14 PM

Running the perfect in-person business meeting can be tough.

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Make travel easier and cheaper

Wednesday, 5/25/2011 5:46:07 PM

Business travel can be stressful, since it often happens on short notice and usually depends on the schedules of others.

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How to chair a successful meeting

Wednesday, 5/25/2011 10:14:00 PM

There is a big difference between the meeting chair and the host when it comes to in-person meetings. The primary responsibility of the host is to accommodate the in-person meeting staff, whereas the chair is appointed to structure and manage the discussions. In order to chair a successful convention meeting or hotel conference, it's important that you prioritize your goals and distinguish them from the host's.

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When it's appropriate to buy meeting gifts

Wednesday, 5/25/2011 10:12:01 PM

Meeting gifts are always dependent on the occasion, as well as the culture that is hosting or attending it. When conducting a business meeting with high-scale international clients, it might be necessary for the major players to exchange gifts. In fact, some cultures expect the social gesture of presents during a face to face meeting.

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Meeting room rental advice for first-time event planners

Tuesday, 5/24/2011 9:05:44 PM

Finding an adequate meeting room rental isn't always the easiest task. Many other duties fall into the realm of the event planner, but one of his most vital responsibilities is to book the most appropriate meeting space.

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Tips for hosting a meeting

Tuesday, 5/24/2011 8:09:37 AM

If it's your first time hosting a meeting, it's imperative that you handle things precisely. Otherwise, the corporate sponsors and executives who are present will realize that they can't trust you with such a venture, and someone else will be hosting the next one.

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In-person meetings solidify online connections

Tuesday, 5/24/2011 4:10:29 PM

While video conferencing and telephone calls have made it possible to conduct meetings from thousands of miles apart without ever setting foot in a car or on an airplane, experts agree that social and business networks are much stronger when they have a real-world component.

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Hilarious business travel blunders

Tuesday, 5/24/2011 4:06:03 PM

Many businesspeople think of business travel as a wonderful escape from the confines of the office and the routine of a nine-to-five job.

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Tips for conducting a business meeting

Monday, 5/23/2011 9:59:35 PM

When the task of conducting a business meeting is left to you, it's important to be on top of your game by knowing all the nitty-gritty. Don't concern yourself too much with choosing the right type of conference room or other pre-meeting details.

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Dealing with delays

Monday, 5/23/2011 8:25:03 AM

By now, you've no doubt seen the video of enormous tsunami waves crashing over Sendai Airport in Japan, washing away cars and tarmac equipment like they were children's playthings.

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Staying connected on a business trip

Friday, 5/20/2011 4:43:31 PM

In the old days - before cell phones, laptops and iPads - heading out on a business trip often meant virtually unplugging oneself from the company and dropping off the map for a few days or even weeks.

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Spice up a business trip with a tour, sports game, workout and more

Thursday, 5/19/2011 3:41:20 PM

Although video conferencing is growing in popularity, and the telephone call is an age-old business standby, professional travel is still a thriving industry that sends thousands of businessmen and women flying the friendly skies every year.

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Social networking for business travelers

Thursday, 5/19/2011 3:40:29 PM

Being on the road is a great experience for many business professionals. Many people love the thrill of visiting a new city or country, meeting new people and getting to represent a company they love.

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How to incorporate an effective meeting agenda

Wednesday, 5/18/2011 8:57:58 PM

Properly structured agendas are essential for those who wish to host a successful meeting. Informing staff members of the blueprint for an upcoming meeting is the best way to guarantee that everyone is on the same page.

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Tips to make a meeting successful

Wednesday, 5/18/2011 4:47:45 PM

Hosting a great business get-together can be difficult, especially if you don't have much experience with face-to-face meetings. Luckily, many of the things you've done throughout your life have been unintentional practice for just such an event.

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What to do when traveling with a co-worker

Wednesday, 5/18/2011 4:17:31 PM

When traveling to face-to-face meetings, you won't always be going alone.

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Reasons to take advantage of your stay during a hotel conference

Wednesday, 5/18/2011 8:54:00 PM

Even though you're attending the convention meeting or hotel conference, you might think it's more convenient to stay at a separate hotel in order to avoid the huge influx of guests.

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Tips for effective meeting facilitation

Wednesday, 5/18/2011 4:26:20 PM

Event planning isn't necessarily as simple as it sounds.

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Preparing new workers for business travel

Tuesday, 5/17/2011 6:02:29 PM

When it comes time to send a worker out to a meeting in a faraway city, many business like to choose a veteran. But, every once in a while, it pays off to take a chance on an untested young employee who might be able to earn his or her stripes on the road.

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Preparation equals success when it comes to in-person meetings

Monday, 5/16/2011 5:31:31 PM

The work it takes to ensure a successful meeting starts long before you walk into the boardroom.

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Meeting a business partner from another country? Meet in person

Monday, 5/16/2011 6:10:28 PM

HSBC Bank has a series of humorous commercials highlighting how traditions that are commonplace in one culture can seem downright bizarre in another.

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Business etiquette for conference meetings

Monday, 5/16/2011 9:13:42 PM

Business etiquette is an essential component to every meeting. It establishes an aura of professionalism within the conference room, ensuring productivity and cohesiveness for any successful meeting.

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Meeting etiquette for small business owners

Monday, 5/16/2011 6:06:32 PM

There are many reasons to meet face-to-face rather than host conferences over the internet or the telephone.

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Proper ways to prepare a business meeting location

Monday, 5/16/2011 9:21:05 PM

The location is an essential component to any in-person meeting. Sometimes, to cater to clients, business meetings are held in hotels in various regions of the country.

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Meeting catering methods

Saturday, 5/14/2011 2:01:11 PM

When it comes to conducting a business meeting, catering is essential. The last thing a meeting planner wants to do is book a dining vendor that doesn't meet the standards of executives at the event.

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The benefits of flying first class

Wednesday, 5/11/2011 9:30:14 PM

If you wish to travel in luxury and feel like a pampered celebrity, spend a few extra dollars to buy first class plane tickets on your next business trip.

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Business travel tips for successful entrepreneurs

Tuesday, 5/10/2011 8:39:23 PM

Travel is essential for any corporation that's expanding on a domestic or international basis. Although some business can be handled over the phone or other forms of telecommunication, it's essential for certain matters to be discussed during an in-person meeting.

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Tips for successful sales meetings

Friday, 5/6/2011 7:30:12 AM

Organization is the key component to any successful sales meeting. Proper communication between sales teams and executive management can allow the company to effectively pinpoint problems with customers and recognize sales methods that have either worked in the past or innovative ones that are worth looking into.

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How to approach event planning

Wednesday, 5/4/2011 7:21:14 AM

Using a hotel conference room for event planning is an ideal way to brainstorm about the event with a committee.

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Techniques for effective group meetings

Wednesday, 5/4/2011 8:11:28 AM

The term business meeting isn't synonymous with group meetings, which are usually more informal and slightly less structured. Effective group meetings are designed to pinpoint and diagnose certain issues within a specific branch of the organization, whereas business meetings are broader in the sense that they generally speak to the organization as a whole.

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The many strengths of having a meeting agenda

Friday, 4/29/2011 4:06:11 PM

Handing out an agenda at the beginning of the meeting is an effective way to keep your attendees' attention, and to keep you on the right track at your face-to-face meeting.

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Avoiding the nightmare travel scenario when on a business trip

Thursday, 4/28/2011 7:10:00 PM

Packing the perfect carry-on and making the proper preparations is the best way to avoid a potential business travel catastrophe in the near future.

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Business Travelers Could Earn More When Bumped From Business Flights

Thursday, 4/28/2011 7:10:40 PM

Consumers traveling to business meetings that would often get bumped from their flights will now be eligible to receive double and sometimes triple the value of their tickets, according to

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Staying healthy when you're on your next business trip

Thursday, 4/28/2011 7:08:39 PM

During your meeting, it's important to take some common sense health precautions and to stay with your routine when you're in a place you've never been before.

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Compiling a business travel wardrobe for any duration

Thursday, 4/28/2011 7:07:54 PM

Men and women have different requirements when preparing for business travel, so it's important to build up a wardrobe that can roll with all the punches.

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Speaking skills that will make a hit at your next business meeting

Thursday, 4/28/2011 7:09:23 PM

Whether you're in a conference meeting room or at a hotel conference, there are some simple ways that you can engage your meeting's attendees so that you will feel confident in your performance, and your listeners will be receptive to what you're bringing to the table.

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Why face to face meetings still matter to modern businesses

Thursday, 4/28/2011 7:11:29 PM

On the contrary, according to, in-person meetings are still the best ways to capture your audience effectively and go the extra mile to build networks and personal relationships.

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The future of business travel could become the only way to fly for today's top CEOs

Thursday, 4/28/2011 7:12:10 PM

According to, the SBJ is designed to carry eight to 12 passengers comfortably and has achieved a top speed of Mach 2.0.

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Department of Transportation approves new airline consumer protections

Wednesday, 4/20/2011 5:54:20 PM

Luckily, the U.S. Department of Transportation has enacted new consumer protections that will safeguard travelers from unnecessary fees, according to

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Business travelers consider trains

Tuesday, 4/19/2011 4:25:07 PM

Trains are popular in Europe, but haven't enjoyed quite the same success in the United States.

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Staying in touch with your family while traveling

Friday, 4/15/2011 12:50:00 PM

When you're young and single, business travel is exciting!

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Showing off your public speaking skills

Wednesday, 4/13/2011 3:34:26 PM

Are you a pro at speaking to a crowd? Or do you get butterflies in your stomach every time you have to stand up and address a room? Either way, you can sound like a confident and competent business person at your next face-to-face meeting just by following a few tips that'll help you project your ideas in the most convincing way possible.

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Train travel - a new way to move for businesspeople

Tuesday, 4/12/2011 4:00:58 PM

If you're traveling abroad for a business meeting, you'll probably need to take a plane. But if your face-to-face meeting is somewhere a little closer and you're looking for a great way to save time and money, train travel could be just the ticket!

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Tips for the perfect business meeting

Monday, 4/11/2011 12:38:59 PM

Everybody has sat in on at least a few business meetings that they found to be less than satisfying.

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Taking a business trip by yourself

Monday, 4/11/2011 12:38:15 PM

Many of us remember the first trip we took alone.

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Getting over the pre-meeting jitters

Friday, 4/8/2011 3:04:00 PM

Business meetings can be nerve-wracking, and the butterflies only intensify when you need to hop on a plane or a train to meet face-to-face with a client or partner.

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How to save time when traveling for business

Thursday, 4/7/2011 1:07:56 PM

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The business travel essentials

Wednesday, 4/6/2011 3:00:15 PM

Frequent business travelers know that when they're embarking on a journey to have a face-to-face meeting with an important client or partner, packing the right items is key.

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Preparing for a successful meeting

Tuesday, 4/5/2011 1:29:11 PM

Leading a business meeting effectively is all about confidence. It might seem that it is easier to fake confidence on the phone or on a video conference, since you don't need to worry as much about making eye contact and keeping yourself from fidgeting, but the opposite is actually true.

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Business travel conference comes to New York City

Monday, 4/4/2011 3:31:14 PM

Business travelers know that, even with all of its excitement and variety, life on the road can sometimes get a little lonely, and training new workers to handle the stresses of travel isn't always a walk in the park.

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Making a good first impression

Thursday, 1/13/2011 4:24:57 PM

These days, many businesses conduct some or most of their meetings via video conferencing or telephone calls. While this offers some convenience and cost-effectiveness, it leaves some workers out of practice when it comes to meeting new clients face-to-face.

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Keep your business consistent with frequent face-to-face meetings

Tuesday, 1/11/2011 3:54:28 PM

The recession has forced many business professionals to cut costs wherever they can - and that often means travel, unfortunately.

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Meeting in person: Simpler than a phone call

Friday, 1/7/2011 4:56:28 PM

Many business professionals, especially younger ones who are new to the game, have been spending time cutting their teeth with cutting-edge technologies like conference calling, webinars and video conferencing.

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Speaking confidently

Wednesday, 1/5/2011 4:52:35 PM

If you're used to speaking on the phone or on a web camera, conducting an in-person meeting or a speech at a conference might feel intimidating.

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Building a strong corporate culture requires leaders to listen to employees

Thursday, 12/30/2010 1:05:33 PM

Not only does how a business leader interacts with colleagues in conference room and in-person meetings help shape the corporate culture, but that culture, in turn, helps determine how a manager leads.

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Steps to finding a business mentor

Thursday, 12/30/2010 1:04:42 PM

New business leaders are not imbued with the wealth of experience that their superiors benefit from in any given occasion, whether that is working with a meeting planner, making a tough decision or preparing a presentation for the conference room.

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'Connective leaders' build relationships and cultivate employees

Wednesday, 12/29/2010 12:40:08 PM

Good leaders are not born that way. They develop their skills through hard work and application, learning both inside and outside of the conference room the value of excellent communication skills and a passion for what they are doing.

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Open office spaces promote collaboration

Wednesday, 12/29/2010 12:39:22 PM

While company leaders have much to do with the productivity of their employees, sometimes a few updates around the office, such as how a cubicle or a conference room is set up, can help drive results even higher.

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Keeping employees motivated starts at the top

Tuesday, 12/28/2010 2:22:04 PM

Keeping staff motivated and productive, especially in the bleak winter months, can be a difficult job - one that is not easily solved by placing inspirational quotes around the office or through intimidation. The best leaders should instill in their workers the desire to succeed in the conference room and in face-to-face meetings.

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Business alliances should be entered into with careful thought and research

Tuesday, 12/28/2010 2:21:11 PM

A leader must inspire loyalty and devotion to a brand within a company. However, his or her realm of influence should not end in the conference room. Leaders should approach other companies or business-minded individuals with a mindset of collaboration.

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Fun in the workplace promotes creativity and innovation

Monday, 12/27/2010 11:54:20 AM

Many people believe work is called "work" for a reason: It's not that fun and it acts as a filler between weekend plans. However, employees who shuffle between cubicles and conference room meetings without a smile on their faces or without displaying an ounce of enjoyment in what they do are unlikely to be the most productive and innovative workers.

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Meeting planners can negotiate for alternate space configurations

Monday, 12/27/2010 2:59:05 PM

Sometimes a great location for a hotel conference can be knocked out of contention because it falls a few seats or inches short of accommodating the expected number of participants. However, according to Successful Meetings, meeting planners can request an improved room setup.

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Transforming the corporate 'us vs. they' attitude

Thursday, 12/23/2010 11:36:33 AM

It can be easy for employees to develop an "us vs. they" attitude in corporate culture. And in any unfortunate situation - letting a client know bad news in a face-to-face meeting, reporting low revenue in the conference room - this mysterious "they" can be the ones held accountable.

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Leaders should encourage communication to avoid common blind spots

Wednesday, 12/22/2010 1:07:55 PM

No one's perfect. It is an unfortunate but true fact. Even the greatest leaders have their blind spots, whether it's attempting to do everything themselves, avoiding in-person meetings or lacking interpersonal skills.

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Improving interpersonal skills can be as easy as flashing a smile

Tuesday, 12/21/2010 5:45:04 PM

One of the most important factors determining the success of a face-to-face meeting is an individual's interpersonal skills. How a leader or an employee is perceived by those around them directly impacts his or her level of success in the future.

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New leadership rules for the business office

Tuesday, 12/21/2010 2:55:16 PM

As times change, so do the factors and guidelines determining what makes a great leader.

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Steps for improving a meeting's productivity

Monday, 12/20/2010 10:54:22 AM

When planning a meeting, business leaders do not schedule in time to account for procrastination or for employees meandering off-topic or leaving the conference room without a plan. However, from time-to-time these things do occur.

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Employees are the foundation of a successful business

Friday, 12/17/2010 12:03:01 PM

Successful businesses share a few key characteristics: a great business plan, a winning product and a motivated and dedicated workforce. This last aspect is arguably one of the most important indicators of success.

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How business leaders can find the right employees for a corporate culture

Thursday, 12/16/2010 1:48:55 PM

While many companies are struggling as a result of the economic downturn, others have been expanding, hiring scores of employees and filling conference rooms. Take LivingSocial, for example.

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How business leaders can fight burnout

Wednesday, 12/15/2010 2:02:08 PM

During the holiday season, employees may be jollier and in a more festive mood. However, this may not necessarily translate into higher productivity or work ethic. Employees can get antsy in the conference room, at their desks and even by the water cooler. Fortunately, there are a few tips that business leaders can use to beat burnout.

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Before planning a meeting, determine the objective

Tuesday, 12/14/2010 9:50:15 AM

Effective meetings all have three things in common: They are quick, they leave participants feeling engaged and, most importantly, they achieve a meeting's goal. However, when planning a meeting, deciding what that goal is can be a bit difficult.

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User-supplied content provides meeting planners with a plethora of information for the future

Tuesday, 12/14/2010 1:50:39 PM

The advent of social media, or Web 2.0 as it was first known, has allowed businesses to solicit and harness the input of consumers. However, a social media strategy isn't just for building revenue; it is also a helpful tool that gives employees a voice, especially in a meeting space.

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How to avoid crickets with international audiences

Monday, 12/13/2010 1:13:25 PM

A lighthearted joke or clever pun is a great way to open a conference room meeting and make an audience feel more comfortable. However, in the world of international business - and international audiences - a joke may not only get lost in translation, it could actually offend. Before engaging in their best stand-up routine, business leaders should do a little research to make sure their humor will really tickle an audience's funny bone.

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Attracting millenials to meetings requires focusing on the 'new'

Monday, 12/13/2010 1:12:19 PM

When planning a meeting, presenters are told to consider their audience - what industry they belong to, their level of expertise, even where they're from - and to tailor their presentations accordingly. Age is one of the biggest factors that presenters should remember when preparing for a conference.

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Optimistic business leaders keep employees motivated and productive

Friday, 12/10/2010 12:31:35 PM

While the benefits of being an optimist may seem self-evident, in the business world using positive language can help any conference room meeting, client interaction or team discussion in less obvious ways.

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Turning change into a positive in management situations

Thursday, 12/9/2010 2:15:56 PM

Change is inevitable in business. Despite this fact, it still has the power to make many employees and company leaders fearful.

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How team-building exercises can focus a meeting and improve performance

Wednesday, 12/8/2010 1:06:20 PM

Successful businesses run like a well-oiled machine, with a cadre of responsible high-achieving employees. However, even the best companies need a tune-up now and then to make sure their workers are not only fulfilling their personal roles within the business, but also working together to reach their goals.

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As social media and online tools infiltrate the workplace, in-person meetings still preferred by employees

Tuesday, 12/7/2010 3:25:44 PM

Social media and online communication tools have revolutionized both the marketplace and the office space. However, as an increasing number of 20- and 30-somethings tackle leadership roles in the workplace, some experts worry that conference room meetings could go the way of the dinosaur.

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Employers should deliver precise, targeted praise

Monday, 12/6/2010 5:11:57 PM

Employees like to be complimented; it boosts self-esteem and makes them feel as if they are doing a good job. However, while praise can certainly gain managers an array of admirers and friends, delivering it poorly in a face-to-face meeting or for a job not-so-well done can leave managers with reduced work effort and lower performance standards among employees.

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Questions and considerations for meeting planners

Friday, 12/3/2010 12:51:51 PM

When planning a meeting, it is important to determine the meeting's objectives before selecting a site. There are a number of questions meeting planners can ask themselves and their organizations to ensure that purpose matches location.

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Presenters should schedule breaks when planning a meeting

Thursday, 12/2/2010 4:55:42 PM

Meetings are an unavoidable event in the business world - they are held on a regular basis and can leave employees feeling dazed and confused. However, to battle seminar fatigue, business leaders should remember to schedule breaks when planning a meeting.

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A comfortable work environment boosts productivity inside and outside of the conference room

Wednesday, 12/1/2010 2:35:59 PM

The secret to any successful business is its employees. Leaders who craft a culture of excellence in the workplace, the conference room and abroad are creating a business model that is on track to win.

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New leaders must learn to communicate effectively

Tuesday, 11/30/2010 1:07:19 PM

Leading people, no matter how experienced an individual is, can be a difficult and challenging task. In the conference room or during an in-person meeting, employees expect company leaders to have a plan for the next few months and even years.

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Giving negative feedback in face-to-face meetings

Monday, 11/29/2010 4:00:23 PM

One of the hardest tasks for business leaders is to give negative feedback - it can result in awkward and nerve-wracking in-person meetings that leave neither party feeling fully satisfied. Fortunately, there are a few techniques to make sure these conversations proceed efficiently and smoothly.

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Being a good leader requires being a good team member

Monday, 11/29/2010 3:59:09 PM

Sometimes being a team member in the conference room is just as important as being a team leader. It is easy for employers to believe that being a leader in a meeting means that they are the ones doing all the talking or decision-making.

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Making a message stick in conference room meetings

Monday, 11/29/2010 3:57:35 PM

Companies survive and thrive by good communication skills. One of a business leader's foremost tasks is ensuring that employees understand a company's message and vision, both long- and short-term.

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Encouraging employees to lead

Wednesday, 11/24/2010 5:09:57 PM

While company bosses are used to leading the way both inside and outside of the conference room, employees also need to embrace their creative energies and shine. An employee who feels empowered to speak up and share his or her good ideas is a worker who may just be a business' strongest resource.

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Factors to consider when choosing a keynote speaker

Tuesday, 11/23/2010 1:42:22 PM

When planning a meeting, especially a large hotel conference, it is important to choose a dynamic keynote speaker who will add value and depth to the event. However, in an attempt to be frugal, meeting planners could be shortchanging their event and hiring speakers who are less than perfect matches.

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Tricks to preparing a dynamic business speech

Monday, 11/22/2010 12:00:08 PM

Business speeches can be heard at tradeshow presentations, conference room meetings and events across many industries. Knowing the key ingredients to a such a presentation can help propel a speaker to success.

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Encourage employees to challenge the status quo in face-to-face meetings

Monday, 11/22/2010 11:59:08 AM

In conference room meetings, it is easy for business leaders to dominate the conversation and leave employees to sit idly by. However, there are a few tricks that companies can employ to ensure their workers are being heard.

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Tips for keeping a board meeting agenda running smoothly

Monday, 11/22/2010 11:57:17 AM

Calling the board of directors together for a conference room meeting can be intimidating for even the most confident of business people. A board is a group of important, high-net-worth individuals who have very little free time. Luckily, there are a several ways entrepreneurs can streamline their agendas to make sure everything runs smoothly.

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Company leaders should institute personal time management practices

Friday, 11/19/2010 3:28:28 PM

Business leaders have a number of responsibilities both in and out of the conference room. They must keep employees motivated, on task and innovative, in addition to meeting with new and old clients, conducting reviews and hiring new workers.

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Business leaders should create a culture of communication

Thursday, 11/18/2010 1:20:01 PM

Poor communication can be found to have a hand in any problem within a company - be it attendance, morale, performance or productivity.

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Dressing for success in a conference room

Thursday, 11/18/2010 1:19:23 PM

Content, body language and eye contact are all important elements of any successful presentation. However, when appearing in front of a conference room of colleagues or investors, it pays for speakers to pay attention to their appearance as well.

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Companies must clearly communicate values and goals in the conference room

Wednesday, 11/17/2010 1:18:56 PM

A business cannot run without clear expectations and goals. In fact, according to, the No. 1 cause of failure in the workplace is ambiguity - or in the minds of employees, a lack of leadership.

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Holding a face-to-face meeting during mealtime

Wednesday, 11/17/2010 1:17:36 PM

Not all meetings take place in a conference room - many in-person meetings are scheduled as professional breakfasts, power lunches, business dinners and networking events. Despite these get-togethers being held outside the traditional business purview, they don't mean professionals should let their hair down.

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Five steps to become a master problem solver - in and out of the conference room

Wednesday, 11/17/2010 1:16:21 PM

Regardless of how successful a company is or how astute its leadership may be, sometimes businesses will run into problems. Whether an issue arises with a product, a client or a supplier, business leaders can use face-to-face meetings to solve problems while saving time and money in the process.

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CEOs switch up their seating to allow for daily in-person meetings

Wednesday, 11/17/2010 5:04:32 PM

The position in which a CEO sits - not only in the conference room, but also in the office - can communicate to employees and clients his or her work style and the atmosphere of the company.

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Embracing change and throwing out the 'status quo police'

Tuesday, 11/16/2010 9:23:07 AM

As businesses become settled in their identities and develop a corporate culture, it isn't shocking to hear statements such as "That's how it's always been done" or "That's not how we do things around here" in and out of the conference room.

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Business leaders should use in-person meetings to solicit criticism

Tuesday, 11/16/2010 2:52:18 PM

Companies gather in conference rooms for a variety of reasons, including board meetings, client updates and discussions of product development. These face-to-face meetings can also be a great time to energize employees about a new business strategy

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Annual company meetings should be open and frank

Thursday, 11/11/2010 9:29:33 AM

In a business, it is necessary to hold frequent meetings to stay up-to-date on projects and client concerns. Additionally, it is equally critical to hold an annual company meeting to strengthen a business' relationship with its investors, clients, prospects, vendors and employees.

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Establishing leadership in face-to-face meetings is as simple as 'Hello'

Thursday, 11/11/2010 9:28:32 AM

Being perceived as a leader in face-to-face meetings is about more than just delivering a dynamic message. Before an individual even begins to speak, clients, employers and colleagues could have formed an opinion of him or her based solely on body language.

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Business leaders should concentrate on language during an in-person meeting

Tuesday, 11/9/2010 5:02:38 PM

Without effective communication, a face-to-face meeting can result in further confusion. However, there are several tricks and behaviors that business leaders can use to ensure their message comes across clearly.

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Techniques for improving participation in the conference room

Friday, 11/5/2010 11:58:28 AM

It is inevitable that some employees will feel more reticent in offering their opinions and suggestions in meetings, even those designed to be as participatory as possible. Fortunately, there are a few strategies presenters can employ in the conference room to get every worker to participate.

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Meeting planners can use Twitter to solicit immediate 'micro-feedback'

Thursday, 11/4/2010 5:07:03 PM

When planning a meeting, companies are increasingly turning to social media tools to create more interactive presentations while engaging their audiences. Tools such as Twitter can be used for more than just collecting comments and questions during a presentation; they can also be employed to solicit immediate "micro-feedback."

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Sales pitches should center around a client's needs in face-to-face meetings

Wednesday, 11/3/2010 3:06:26 PM

In the corporate world, companies depend on the effectiveness of their sales teams and their presentation skills to secure new clients and contracts. The next time sales representatives are planning a meeting, they should keep a few tricks in mind to wow the audience and nail the sale.

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Facilitators can help prevent conference room woes

Tuesday, 11/2/2010 12:28:08 PM

When planning a meeting, companies do not aim to leave audiences confused, frustrated or in need of yet another meeting to cover the same subject. However, in many cases, this does occur and can result in employees developing bad habits such as arriving late, leaving early, not participating or attending only by phone as workers no longer see the point of these sessions.

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Tuesday at 3 p.m. is the best time to plan a meeting

Tuesday, 11/2/2010 4:23:43 PM

Once company leaders have identifed whether a topic or situation requires a face-to-face meeting, they will need to begin searching for a day and time when everyone is free to meet.

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Important reasons to hold a meeting

Tuesday, 11/2/2010 4:22:38 PM

Meetings are an important and necessary practice among businesses and corporations. However, when scheduled too frequently or held simply to discuss minor details, they can become a waste of both company time and money. Knowing when to call employees to the conference room is key to ensuring meetings remain efficient and effective.

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A conference room scrum help businesses stay on the ball

Friday, 10/29/2010 4:37:34 PM

Businesses that are having trouble keeping employees on track should take a cue from the sports world and use a daily scrum to get the ball rolling.

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Gen Y requires a new meeting strategy

Friday, 10/29/2010 4:36:10 PM

nowing and understanding an audience is a key part of planning any meeting, and a growing demographic that meeting planners must cater to is Generation Y. Gen Yers, or "millenials," are generally individuals born between the late '70s and the mid-to-late '90s.

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Meeting planners and businesses should forge a personal connection when planning a meeting

Thursday, 10/28/2010 4:56:31 PM

It should come as no surprise to hear that planning a meeting, especially one in a large hotel meeting space, requires ongoing communication between a corporation and its meeting planner. In fact, this dialogue may continue long after the meeting has taken place as companies continue to look toward the future.

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Product presentations should consider audience orientation

Wednesday, 10/27/2010 4:56:37 PM

For companies and startups, product presentations and demos are an important element of overall success. They will often introduce investors and potential consumers to not only a service or product, but sometimes a company, for the first time. It is important to make a good first impression, so planning a meeting must be done with care and consideration.

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In face-to-face meetings, executives should step into employees' shoes

Wednesday, 10/27/2010 4:57:43 PM

Annual reviews are a perfect time for company heads and executives to communicate expectations and goals to employees. However, these meetings can also be stressful, especially if a worker hasn't been performing up to standards. Employers can diffuse these tense face-to-face meetings by considering things from the employee's perspective.

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Board meetings should be staged like a theater production

Tuesday, 10/26/2010 2:21:38 PM

Meetings come in all sizes and are held in a variety of conference rooms, but often one of the most important to a company's health is the board meeting. Despite this, members can find board meetings to be a waste of time when employees show up unprepared or stuttering.

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How to include absent workers in conference room meetings

Tuesday, 10/26/2010 2:20:41 PM

When business leaders and professionals begin planning an effective meeting, it is imperative that all invited individuals attend. However, what if key employees cannot attend brainstorming, evaluative and decision-making sessions?

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Smaller groups can help presenters manage large participatory meetings

Tuesday, 10/26/2010 2:19:28 PM

Participatory meetings are generally relegated to small groups so as to give everyone the chance to express their ideas, suggestions and concerns. However, presenters will often run into a situation in which they will need to use the same format, but for a much larger group. Planning a meeting that involves audience participation and discussion on a large-scale can be difficult, but luckily, there are a few tips business leaders can follow to manage the situation.

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CEOs want conference room meetings to be streamlined and on-point

Monday, 10/25/2010 12:19:08 PM

Planning a meeting with the knowledge that company executives, or even the CEO, will be present can be a nerve-racking experience for any business professional. Employees want to impress, not distress, company leaders who have the power to advance an individual's career within a company.

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Speakers should exude executive presence in a conference room

Monday, 10/25/2010 12:17:39 PM

Dynamic speakers have a sort of aura about them - an executive presence that invokes confidence in their judgment and inspires others to wholeheartedly commit to what is being asked of them. Whether it's in a small face-to-face meeting or a large conference room, these leaders exude authenticity and integrity, and are able to take their ideas from proposal to reality.

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Slideshows should act as a roadmap for presenters

Friday, 10/22/2010 3:16:37 PM

The debate over whether PowerPoint and other slideshows are a useful means of communicating information during a conference room meeting or presentation is still being fought. However, the solution is really not too difficult - it's all in how one uses the slideshow.

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The 'IT' method can be essential when planning a meeting

Thursday, 10/21/2010 3:43:52 PM

Crafting a dynamic, memorable message is absolutely critical when planning effective meetings. A presenter wants to create a message that will not only inspire audience members in the moment, but continue to motivate them for weeks to come. One way of developing a memorable message is to follow the IT method, which includes five steps: brain it, group it, trim it, spice it and do it, Effective Meetings writes.

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Effective agendas can make any conference room meeting smooth and efficient

Wednesday, 10/20/2010 2:17:35 PM

For everyday conference room meetings, an agenda is critical to keeping employees on-task, on-topic and focused. Sometimes, however, leaders fail to present the topics for discussion in a coherent and organized fashion, allowing subjects to be skipped and meetings to run long.

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Presenters use the AIDA formula to capture an audience's attention

Tuesday, 10/19/2010 3:12:11 PM

Presenters plan a meeting with the hope of imparting their passion and sending a message that will inspire their audience to pursue change. However, much of this motivation can disappear within a couple of weeks. For this reason, many companies prefer to give a series of workshops and seminars to keep employees on the ball and momentum high.

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Leaders can develop skills through mentorships

Monday, 10/18/2010 3:35:47 PM

The skills a presenter needs to be a dynamic leader in the conference room are the same qualities they must strive to develop in the workplace. In fact, a recent study by McKinsey Quarterly identified several characteristics and abilities that contribute to effective leadership and indicate a need to increase business mentoring.

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Handouts are an important part of planning a meeting

Friday, 10/15/2010 12:32:23 PM

When attending a conference room meeting, audience members often take notes, write down questions and record interesting points. Why not help them by providing a handout to participants? These will add value to a presentation and result in a more meaningful experience for everyone.

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Presenters should smile and keep going after a mistake

Thursday, 10/14/2010 3:55:35 PM

A speaker may plan a meeting and diligently practice his or her presentation countless times in front of colleagues, family and friends, yet there is no guarantee that it will go off without a hitch.

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Leaders should focus on body language inside and outside of the conference room

Wednesday, 10/13/2010 3:08:52 PM

When planning a meeting, presenters often focus on nonverbal cues to help them convey a message and capture an audience's attention. However, there is no reason to relegate these behaviors and actions to the conference room. Successful leaders employ these techniques in their day-to-day work routines.

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Leadership is common sense

Tuesday, 10/12/2010 12:24:56 PM

Any meeting - whether it is a face-to-face meeting, a board meeting or a large gathering in a conference room - depends upon the successful leadership of the presenter, speaker or company head. This projection of leadership can be created by a few specific qualities and actions.

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Using notes and technology to produce better conference room insights

Monday, 10/11/2010 2:51:37 PM

Social media is more than just a trend for teens and college students. Business professionals have opened accounts and launched networks to market their products, services and companies while engaging with clients. Even within the business world, social media continues to grow and become more popular, moving from the boardroom to the conference center.

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Deep breathing will help presenters calm nerves in face-to-face meetings

Friday, 10/8/2010 5:07:20 PM

Public speaking is an act that everyone from elementary school students to seasoned business professionals will perform at various points in their lives. However, it is also a skill that many people have yet to master. There are several ways to aid a speaker's success in the conference room that have little to do with content.

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Striking a balance in slideshow content is important when planning a meeting

Thursday, 10/7/2010 12:51:11 PM

The debate continues among business professionals over the efficacy of PowerPoint and how it is best employed. However, PowerPoint remains about the software an industry staple, and there are a few myths speakers can avoid to give a successful presentation.

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Practice makes perfect when planning a meeting

Wednesday, 10/6/2010 12:16:31 PM

When preparing for a hotel conference, presenters are constantly told to practice, practice, practice if they want to succeed. Without sufficient preparation, they are told, they are more likely to be caught off guard by difficult questions and minor flubs.

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Staying on time is key to delivering a presentation message

Monday, 10/4/2010 10:02:16 AM

There a number of factors that go into pleasing an audience: dynamic content, confidence and great visuals. However, speakers should not forget secondary factors such as timeliness when planning a meeting.

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Where to find music to fill a conference room

Monday, 10/4/2010 10:01:13 AM

Speakers often focus solely on the content and visual elements of a slideshow when planning a meeting. However, the auditory elements of a presentation should not go neglected.

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'10-40 Rule' creates simpler, more memorable presentations

Monday, 10/4/2010 9:59:46 AM

Sometimes when crafting a presentation, speakers may be tempted to stuff the first 10 slides with content, afraid of omitting any vital piece of information. However, this can be counterproductive, leaving an audience dazed and overloaded. Instead, speakers should implement the "10-40 Rule" when looking to wow the conference room.

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Using Apple CEO Steve Jobs' tricks to plan a meeting

Monday, 10/4/2010 4:24:10 PM

It's no secret that technology giant Apple is a huge success. Every new product launch is preceded by weeks of expert and customer speculation and excitement, and then followed by long lines circling the block hours before its release. While the success of the technology is ultimately dependent on its quality, the initial buzz can be attributed to co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs' dynamic presentation skills. When planning a meeting, companies should consider employing a few of his techniques to boost their ch

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When planning a meeting, omit the words 'I'm sorry' from the presentation script

Wednesday, 9/29/2010 3:54:59 PM

Giving a presentation at a hotel conference can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone, but no matter what happens - whether a speaker fumbles a word or a slideshow experiences a technological glitch - the key to success is confidence.

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When preparing for a face-to-face meeting, remember: There is no such thing as public speaking

Wednesday, 9/29/2010 3:56:25 PM

When planning a meeting, businesspeople practice and practice to get their message down pat and conquer those fears of public speaking. However, one author has a new lesson for presenters: There is no such thing as public speaking.

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'Accelerated learning' strategy advocates participant-tailored content

Tuesday, 9/28/2010 12:13:31 PM

Companies often turn to traditional event models when planning a meeting. While these tried-and-true structures can yield successful conferences and satisfied participants, some companies are now looking into "accelerated learning" to energize attendees and produce results.

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When planning a meeting for an international audience, tailor the information to meet its needs

Tuesday, 9/28/2010 3:22:43 PM

Once in a while, a company will be required to plan a meeting for an international audience. While these audiences may be no bigger in size than previous gatherings that company leaders have presented in front of before, their different backgrounds and experiences can create butterflies for some presenters. However, there are a few steps that any speakers can take to make sure a message hits home - regardless of where that home may be.

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Face-to-face meetings are the first step to success in kicking off a new project

Tuesday, 9/28/2010 3:21:35 PM

Business leaders often use meetings as a time to introduce company objectives, goals and new projects to a team of employees. When planning a meeting to kickoff a project, it is important to remember that this gathering will set the tone for success and, as such, must be organized and clear.

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Eliminate tech problems before an in-person meeting begins

Monday, 9/27/2010 4:18:51 PM

Technical difficulties should not be a barrier to successful hotel conference meetings. There are a few ways to prevent problems before they even occur when planning a meeting.

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Choosing a keynote speaker requires organizers to consider an audience's needs

Monday, 9/27/2010 4:18:00 PM

When a company begins working on plans for hosting a meeting, it will need to consider many factors, such as location, scheduling, equipment and even who the keynote speaker will be. The individual the company chooses to give the conference's central presentation can help determine the overall success of an event.

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Room design is key when planning a hotel conference

Friday, 9/24/2010 9:15:59 AM

There's more to planning a meeting than just putting together a PowerPoint presentation and practicing it multiple times. Many speakers fail to consider how the design of a conference room will affect the overall success and flow of a presentation.

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Using eye contact to maintain audience attention in a conference room

Friday, 9/24/2010 9:14:55 AM

Even the most experienced of speakers, who are experts in using their arms and hands effectively and standing confidently, can sometimes slip-up when it comes to one of the most important modes of communication - eye contact. When practicing for the next big hotel conference, there are a few ways presenters can improve how they use this key technique.

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Ending a hotel conference with a bang is key to success

Wednesday, 9/22/2010 3:46:31 PM

The importance of starting a presentation with a bang cannot be overstated. Speakers need to energize and engage their audiences. However, ending on a high note is just as crucial. To make sure audience members leave with the key points and a favorable memory, there are a few important things to remember when planning a meeting.

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When planning an effective meeting, companies should consider turning to professionals

Tuesday, 9/21/2010 8:22:17 AM

Events come in all styles and sizes - large sales conferences, luncheons, employee retreats and board meetings - and the range of opportunities only continues to expand. This is one of the reasons many companies are outsourcing when planning a meeting.

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Marketing a hotel conference to a niche audience

Tuesday, 9/21/2010 8:20:01 AM

When planning a hotel conference, companies can sometimes run into difficulties getting the word out and attracting participants, especially if the event is intended for a very niche audience. However, there are a few ways that event planners can increase attendance and improve an event's chance of success.

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Presenters have 30 seconds to impress in a face-to-face meeting

Monday, 9/20/2010 11:49:42 AM

A first impression can set the tone for the rest of a relationship, and in a presentation, it can even determine a speaker's overall success. Ending strong is important, but in a face-to-face meeting, those first 30 seconds can be even more critical.

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Market a hotel conference by creating an official holiday

Monday, 9/20/2010 11:48:47 AM

Marketing a hotel conference can sometimes be tricky for event planners. However, there is one rather unorthodox way planners can employ to call attention to their event.

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How planning a meeting can be like going on safari

Thursday, 9/16/2010 11:18:17 AM

The corporate world has often been compared to a jungle - employees and leaders must be prepared to act quickly and be able to change direction at a moment's notice. The boardroom is no different - when investors and CEOs gather in a conference room, the rules of the bush are especially useful.

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PowerPoint is no substitute for public speaking skills in face-to-face meetings

Thursday, 9/16/2010 11:12:34 AM

In the past, speakers were taught that when planning a meeting, the key to success was found in a dynamic PowerPoint presentation. Today's presenters, however, are throwing out the old rules that governed slide shows and refocusing attention on public speaking.

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Face-to-face meetings can keep employees on track and on time

Thursday, 9/16/2010 11:08:55 AM

No matter how much time or effort goes into planning a meeting, sometimes they can get bogged down in details or veer wildly off-course. Now, though, many companies are embracing daily mini-meetings, or "team huddles," to ensure face-to-face time with employees and check in on their most pressing matters of business.

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Startups should be flexible and relaxed in face-to-face meetings with potential investors

Tuesday, 9/14/2010 12:39:40 AM

When planning a meeting with potential investors, it is important for startups to learn how to stand out and make an impression that will last. Entrepreneurs will often compete against hundreds of other businesspeople for funding, making a great pitch even more imperative.

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Planning a meeting at a conference center should be like telling a story

Friday, 9/10/2010 2:28:23 PM

When planning a hotel conference, it is important to construct a unique event that will not only impart valuable information, but also keep participants engaged.

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Conferences can be used as a space for productive face-to-face networking

Friday, 9/10/2010 2:27:09 PM

Networking is an important practice in every company - business contacts and acquaintances can help a corporation win its next big client or save on much-needed supplies and technology. Why not consider turning a hotel conference or meeting into a networking-friendly event? Participants will benefit and likely return next year.

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Audience-generated content can help presenters plan for a hotel conference

Tuesday, 9/7/2010 2:38:36 PM

When planning a meeting, many presenters take sole responsibility for developing the material and focus. However, in today's world of social media - driven by savvy bloggers and Tweeting gurus - an audience can help a speaker turn a conference room into a collaborative zone.

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Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco to host 19th annual CPM Resource Center International Conference

Friday, 9/3/2010 6:54:37 AM

The 19th annual CPM Resource Center International Conference will be held January 19-22, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco. The conference will focus on sustainable healthcare.

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Sales meeting tip: Showing enthusiasm may sway the audience

Tuesday, 8/31/2010 2:47:45 PM

For those who are in sales industry, it is important for sellers to bring their personality into the face-to-face meeting with potential clients in order to really drive home their message.

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Meeting organization launches online tools for green practices

Tuesday, 8/31/2010 2:43:14 PM

The environment and energy efficiency have been hot topics for a number of companies. One sector in the business world that is increasingly trying to incorporate sustainable practices is the in-person meetings industry.

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CITYDESIGN + CITYBUILD to be held at Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Tuesday, 8/31/2010 2:33:15 PM

Montreux Energy, which organizes strategy roundtables on the future of global energy investment, recently announced the CITYDESIGN + CITYBUILD 2010 Major Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Conference.

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Hyatt Harborside to host the Lucene Revolution

Tuesday, 8/31/2010 2:30:51 PM

Lucene Revolution, which is the first-ever conference in the U.S. devoted to using open source search, will be held at Hyatt Harborside Boston on October 7th and 8th.

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Face-to-face meetings still seen as essential for business

Tuesday, 8/31/2010 2:26:56 PM

While the business world has been changing in recent years with the new development of technology and software, there are still some practices that are timeless in terms of the negotiating process.

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Hyatt Regency Indianapolis to hold 10th annual meeting of Keystone Insurers Group

Tuesday, 8/31/2010 2:25:04 PM

Keystone Insurers Group will be holding its 10th annual National Carrier Meeting from September 27-29 at Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.

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Minnesota lawmakers hold face-to-face meeting with Ford executives

Tuesday, 8/31/2010 2:21:21 PM

When faced with a major challenge, some leaders choose to hold face-to-face meetings in order to better express passion for their stance.

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AAA recognizes Hyatt Regency Tamaya as fun for the whole family

Tuesday, 8/31/2010 2:19:55 PM

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has named Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa one of the top 10 family getaways in the nation. AAA inspectors chose the hotel after rating and evaluating various lodging facilities throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Hyatt Regency Woodfield-Schaumburg holds 2010 Construtech Vision Awards

Tuesday, 8/31/2010 2:15:35 PM

Hyatt Regency Woodfield-Schaumburg in Chicago, Illinois recently hosted the 2010 Construtech Vision Awards.

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How to address a new managerial role

Wednesday, 8/25/2010 2:33:52 PM

Some employees can suddenly find themselves at the helm of their own department or company, needing to take certain transitional steps to ensure their new subordinates adjust to the change.

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Advanced Imaging Conference to be held at Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

Wednesday, 8/25/2010 2:33:15 PM

Insiders for the Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) are promising that the 2010 meeting will be their annual conference's best one yet.

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How employers can be good listeners during in-person meetings

Wednesday, 8/25/2010 2:32:16 PM

Feedback can be critical for running a business, as employees can give a manager an idea of what changes need to be made. Listening to workers during an in-person meeting not only shows that a leader values their opinion, but also that they're willing to make changes based on suggestions.

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Providing examples could show the value of a leader

Wednesday, 8/25/2010 2:16:29 PM

When holding a face-to-face meeting with workers, it is important for managers to support their speeches with actions in order to fully get their point across. This can be done in numerous ways, especially by demonstrating that even business executives are willing to make a change.

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Hyatt Place Philadelphia/King of Prussia opens

Wednesday, 8/25/2010 2:12:58 PM

Located just 30 minutes from the historic downtown section of Philadelphia, Hyatt Place Philadelphia/King of Prussia is celebrating its grand opening.

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Business strategist suggests technology is the wave of the future for event planning

Tuesday, 8/17/2010 10:32:07 PM

For workers in the event planning industry, technology may be a useful tool to ensure that all of the face-to-face meetings they hold run as smoothly as possible.

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Keeping an optimistic tone in a face-to-face meeting can boost employees' productivity

Tuesday, 8/10/2010 10:40:25 PM

When holding an effective group meeting, a leader should take special note of the kind of language used when talking to his or her team.

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Running a business as a team effort can bring success

Tuesday, 8/10/2010 10:39:09 PM

When it comes to running a business, leaders must find an effective way to manage a group of workers, rather than just focusing on individuals.

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More businesses look to bolster leadership training

Tuesday, 8/10/2010 10:38:10 PM

Maintaining strong leadership skills is key for managers holding face-to-face meetings. As businesses constantly strive toward growth, more effort is being put into the training of managers to ensure that they possess the leadership qualifications required to help accomplish tasks.

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Hyatt Regency Lexington opens BlueFire Bar & Grill

Tuesday, 8/10/2010 10:36:30 PM

Managers who are planning face-to-face meetings at Hyatt Regency Lexington now have a new place to dine during casual one-on-one meetings with business associates, with the opening of the hotel's new southern-style restaurant.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation holds annual event at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

Tuesday, 8/10/2010 10:35:46 PM

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recently held its 3rd Annual Pipeline to a Cure on July 31, raising more than $450,000 to combat the disease that affects children and young adults.

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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa recognized by community group

Tuesday, 8/10/2010 10:34:58 PM

The Estero Community Planning Panel and the Design Review Committee has announced that Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa will be honored with the David Graham award, which is named in memory of an Estero resident and community promoter.

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Technology can help a manager stay on top of multiple face-to-face meetings

Tuesday, 8/10/2010 10:33:23 PM

Staying organized for multiple face-to-face meetings is crucial for executives to ensure that everything that needs to be addressed is done so, especially if these meetings are in different locations.

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Hyatt Regency Greenville to host the 2010 Business Opportunities Conference

Tuesday, 8/10/2010 10:30:03 PM

Business suppliers from across the country will be participating at the 2010 Business Opportunity Conference (BOC) on August 9-11.

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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay announces completion of ballroom renovation

Thursday, 8/5/2010 10:33:19 PM

For business executives looking to hold an event or conference in the San Diego area, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina recently announced the completion of its newly renovated Mission Ballroom.

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Leadership conference to be held in Los Angeles

Thursday, 8/5/2010 10:32:41 PM

For managers, running a successful business is often linked with managing staff members, as well as steering the company in the right direction of the market. One way to do this is to become a mentor to staff, which can provide a sense of leadership.

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Face-to-face meetings could be key for decision making

Thursday, 8/5/2010 10:32:10 PM

Many executives hold face-to-face meetings with their trusted employees or board in order to make decisions that can affect the good of the company. However, it is important to ensure that everyone is on the same page, as having bias interests could lead to bad decisions.

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Food and beverage setup could affect dynamics in a face-to-face meeting

Thursday, 8/5/2010 10:30:04 PM

When it comes to holding face-to-face meetings, having a certain ambiance can add to the overall flow of the gathering. This sort of mood can even be linked to the way food and beverages are displayed in the conference room.

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Some face-to-face meetings give back to the community

Thursday, 8/5/2010 10:29:33 PM

As the environment is a hot topic for many people, a number of executives are initiating charitable efforts for their communities whenever they hold face-to-face meetings or conferences.

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How trust is an important aspect of business

Tuesday, 8/3/2010 8:54:17 PM

When it comes to managing a business, it is important for executives to run their companies in a way that is beneficial for both businesses as well as shareholders.

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Face-to-face meetings and discussions can help engage workers

Friday, 7/30/2010 3:25:22 PM

Running a successful company is partly based on a manager's ability to engage his or her workers. This practice is often done through face-to-face meetings, as these gatherings can serve as an open discussion forum during which employees can give their input and voice their ideas.

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Meeting planners want face time with their suppliers

Friday, 7/30/2010 9:59:32 PM

Sometimes, it's important for individuals to hold a face-to-face meeting in order to set boundaries for things they would like to accomplish. Additionally, it allows the worker to speak their mind and get their point across on a more direct and personal level.

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Social media being used by business travelers to gain ideas for planning a meeting

Wednesday, 7/28/2010 1:57:32 PM

For those who work in the meeting planning and business travel industry, it's important to stay on top of trends to ensure that business executives and other clients have all of the top-choice amenities they desire.

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Some politicians believe in the importance of face-to-face meetings

Wednesday, 7/28/2010 1:56:08 PM

Despite the emergence of technology such as videoconferencing and online communication such as email, some politicians and business executives stay true to face-to-face meetings in order to make real connections with constituents.

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Engaging workers can begin through communication

Wednesday, 7/28/2010 2:04:58 PM

When it comes to pushing a specific business venture, many companies have to rely on team members to ensure that the right message is being spread throughout the corporation. While this may kick off with a face-to-face meeting, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure the entire business is on board in order to improve performance.

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Passion can help while presenting during a face-to-face meeting

Wednesday, 7/28/2010 2:02:55 PM

In order to hold control of the floor, speakers in business meeting should be able to carry themselves in a manner that attracts attention. The more knowledgeable the speaker is about their topic, the more they are to demonstrate engaging facts that can answer any questions their peers may have.

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Managers should watch their blind spots in meetings

Friday, 7/16/2010 2:36:23 PM

When a manager wants to hold a meeting, it is a good idea to make sure that he or she has their leadership skills in check.

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Hyatt Regency Houston offers Explore Package to guests

Tuesday, 7/13/2010 2:20:18 PM

When businesspeople arrive to an area they're unfamiliar with in order to attend meetings, some show up with a desire to explore their surroundings while in town.

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Managers should bring creativity to the workplace, meeting

Tuesday, 7/13/2010 2:11:10 PM

When it comes to holding workers' attention, it is important to get creative when presenting in a face-to-face meeting setting to ensure the audience is engaged in the discussion. Additionally, keeping workers in high spirits may also help managers keep their meetings efficient and effective.

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Face-to-face meetings are important, but should not be redundant

Tuesday, 7/13/2010 2:10:36 PM

When it comes to managing staff, it is important to ensure that workers are engaged, particularly during meetings. If a manager is holding a face-to-face meeting, the audience should get something out of it, rather than discussing information everyone already knows.

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ASTRO and AAPM hold patient safety meeting at Hyatt Regency Miami

Tuesday, 7/13/2010 3:16:08 PM

Several medical professionals recently met in Miami, Florida, to discuss patient safety when it comes to radiation therapy.

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Hyatt Regency New Orleans will offer 200,000 square feet of meeting space

Tuesday, 7/13/2010 3:15:33 PM

Hyatt has plans to reopen its Hyatt Regency New Orleans by fall 2011, giving a new option for executives looking to hold a business meeting in the Big Easy.

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American Mensa celebrates golden anniversary at Hyatt Regency Dearborn

Friday, 7/9/2010 9:37:07 PM

In order to celebrate its 50th anniversary in North America, the American Mensa will be celebrating in Motown fashion at the 2010 Annual Convention, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn in Michigan.

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GMA to host debate at the Hyatt Regency Guam

Friday, 7/9/2010 9:34:50 PM

The Guam Medical Association (GMA) is planning to hold a debate including three competing gubernatorial teams at the Hyatt Regency Guam.

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Holding a meeting can be beneficial for impressing investors

Thursday, 7/8/2010 11:20:02 PM

Sometimes, in order for start-up companies to succeed, they need to impress the correct investors in order to get their ideas off the ground.

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Hyatt launches Meet and Be Green campaign

Thursday, 7/8/2010 11:18:11 PM

As the environment continues to be a hot discussion topic among many individuals, some businesses are hoping to decrease their carbon footprint by using work materials that do not harm the ecosystem.

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Presentations should stay fast paced and interesting

Thursday, 7/8/2010 2:09:16 PM

When putting together a presentation for a face-to-face meeting, it's important for the speaker to put something together that will stick out in the minds of audience members.

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How to bring out a worker's personality during a meeting

Thursday, 7/8/2010 2:08:24 PM

When it comes to holding a meeting, presenters generally like to see participation among the audience for brainstorming ideas as well as group discussions.

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Engaging employees in meetings could be beneficial to work morale

Tuesday, 6/29/2010 5:55:32 PM

Encouraging workers to be involved during business meetings may not only lead to an effective brainstorm, but may also help employees feel like part of the team, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Some experts believe that those companies that actively work to engage their employees are seen as an attractive place to work.

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Boston's Hyatt Harborside recognized with 2010 Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award

Monday, 6/28/2010 3:33:27 PM

The Hyatt Harborside at Boston's International Airport has been named one of the best hotels by the 2010 Successful Meetings Pinnacle Awards.

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Hyatt Hotels look to go green

Thursday, 6/24/2010 4:34:09 PM

Because increasingly more people are concerned about the environment, a number of companies are doing everything they can to go green.

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Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort offers fun in between business meetings

Thursday, 6/24/2010 4:43:35 PM

When holding a business meeting, sometimes it's important for executives to leave some time for a little fun to help keep morale high. There are certain hotels where businesspeople can hold their meetings and then have some fun afterwards.

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ColorTyme holds summer meeting at Coconut Point Hyatt

Wednesday, 6/23/2010 4:35:17 PM

ColorTyme, a rent-to-own company, recently wrapped up their four-day summer meeting with an event that employees may remember for a while.

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Garland mayor to host event at Hyatt Place

Tuesday, 6/22/2010 4:34:55 PM

When it comes to holding meetings, workers usually strive to have the best amenities possible so their peers as well as attendees feel relaxed. This could be one of the reasons many companies and organizations choose hotels as a meeting place, so that attendees can have all of the amenities they need.

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Tourism leaders try to boost Gulf Coast traveling

Monday, 6/21/2010 3:27:06 PM

After the BP oil spill, business travelers and tourists alike have been weary of traveling to the Gulf Coast. In an effort to boost traveling in this area, top tourism leaders will be hosting a summit to promote visits to the area.

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Hyatt Summerfield Suites Boulder/Broomfield opens with plenty of meeting space

Thursday, 6/17/2010 3:53:16 PM

Planning a business meeting can sometimes be a difficult task for executives, which is why it may be a good idea to ensure that the facility has all of the amenities needed to run a successful business meeting.

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Business hotels continue with their green offerings

Wednesday, 6/16/2010 11:42:31 PM

With the recent push for sustainable environments, more facilities are beginning to offer amenities that run on alternative energies in addition to products that are biodegradable.

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Hotel industry sees a boost in business and family traveling

Tuesday, 6/15/2010 5:04:53 PM

While the recession caused many people to cut back on traveling - including businesses as more companies turned in favor to telecommunication to cut costs - the hotel industry is beginning to see a surge in demand again.

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The Hyatt Regency Trinidad hotel looks to cater to business clientele

Tuesday, 6/15/2010 11:47:42 PM

For executives who are looking to hold meetings in a tropical climate, the new Hyatt Regency Trinidad hotel could offer amenities for the perfect meeting.

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Tech experts say face-to-face meetings critical to corporate success

Monday, 6/14/2010 4:39:39 PM

While many businesses are turning to video conferencing solutions to host virtual meetings, tech experts and executives agree that in-person meetings are still key to quality customer relationships. The Journal of New England Technology reports that businesspeople find annual face-to-face meetings help them make the most out of business partnerships.

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Expert suggests business executives avoid on-flight work

Friday, 6/11/2010 3:30:47 PM

A number of business travelers use time on a plane to make last-minute adjustments to presentations. While time is money, travel time may be better spent mentally preparing for business meetings or networking as ABC News reports doing work on planes is risky.

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Hyatt Regency Denver receives three travel industry awards

Thursday, 6/10/2010 3:23:58 PM

Business travelers to the Denver area may be interested in staying at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. The Denver hotel was recently honored with three of the hotel industry's top awards.

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Grand Hyatt Seoul invites guests to 'Summer Awaken Package' this season

Wednesday, 6/9/2010 3:52:57 PM

Business travelers heading to Seoul may find it is a lovely summer-time destination, and those staying at the Grand Hyatt Seoul can especially enjoy seasonal travel thanks to a special deal. The Seoul hotel is offering guests its Summer Awaken Package through August 31.

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Expert says IT management success depends on face-to-face meetings

Wednesday, 6/9/2010 2:56:27 PM

In a highly digital age, companies increasingly recruit experts to manage their IT services. Gary Pica, founder of managed service provider TruMethods, suggests the key to successfully selling partners on IT management solutions is in-person meetings with prospective clients.

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New book offers business travelers some cash-saving tips

Tuesday, 6/8/2010 2:55:52 PM

During the height of the recession, many companies cut back on traveling to save funds. But in the recovering economic climate, executives are increasingly taking to the roads, seas and sky to meet prospective business partners for in-person business meetings. The National Business Travel Association reported a 2.8 percent increase in business travel over 2009 in the first quarter of the 2010.

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Survey says face-to-face meetings key to positive customer relations

Tuesday, 6/8/2010 2:54:43 PM

In the recovering economic climate, many business owners are being careful about spending their limited corporate budgets. Still, a number of executives say sustaining or increasing travel budgets in order to have in-person meetings is critical to keeping current clients and building new business relationships.

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Andaz expands its reach

Tuesday, 6/8/2010 3:40:28 PM

More than 80 percent of companies believe business travel is important to achieving business results in 2010, reports Travel Daily News. With this in mind, executives may be pleased to learn that new Hyatt Andaz hotels await them.

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Top tips for planning a meeting

Monday, 6/7/2010 4:40:18 AM

In-person meetings often get a bad reputation as being inefficient, but if meeting planners take the time to safeguard their agendas against going off track, meetings can be personal and productive. U.S. News offers some top tips for planning meetings "people won't dread."

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Starlets sparkled at Women in Film Awards at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

Saturday, 6/5/2010 3:05:23 PM

Earlier this week, stars gathered at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel for the Women in Film's 2010 Crystal + Lucy Awards. The Los Angeles hotel was packed with some of today's hottest female stars.

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino recycles wine corks

Thursday, 6/3/2010 12:54:19 AM

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino offers guests a wide variety of wine selections. Now, visitors' drinks will be put to good use long after they've opened the bottle.

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Hyatt Regency Houston announces Pride Welcome package

Tuesday, 6/1/2010 9:37:06 PM

Houston has one of the most visible gay communities in the country, and Pride Houston has been working to increase equality and awareness in the city for the past 30 years. Now, the Hyatt Regency Houston is also doing its part to make the community feel welcome in the city.

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Business travel on the rise, but beware of rising air fare

Tuesday, 6/1/2010 12:40:54 AM

According to the International Air Transport Association, this will be a popular summer for business travel. The New York Times reports that the IATA's analysis suggests business travel has been driving growth in the travel industry.

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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina offers family fun

Tuesday, 6/1/2010 7:11:46 PM

San Diego business trips may be in store for a number of executives this summer. For one thing, the Avionics USA conference and exhibition being held at the end of this week at the San Diego convention center will give a number of businesspeople the chance to meet prospective partners in the technology and avionics industries.

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Hyatt Regency Houston looks $50 million more luxurious

Saturday, 5/29/2010 4:54:43 PM

Many consider the Hyatt Regency Houston to be one of the prominent points in the city's skyline. Now, this well-known Houston landmark just got a little more luxurious thanks to the completion of a $50 million renovation.

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Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa hosts charity culinary conference

Saturday, 5/29/2010 5:13:04 PM

Foodies and philanthropists alike may enjoy an upcoming event at the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa. The Key West hotel is hosting the Key West Bacchanalia from June 10 to 13.

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Chicago Park Hyatt's NoMI gets a nod for best brunch in Chicago

Saturday, 5/29/2010 5:10:30 PM

For business executives heading to the Windy City for face-to-face meetings with potential business partners, days of conferences can be long - and they usually start early. Now, the Nation's Restaurant News suggests traveling executives take a mid-day break at Chicago Park Hyatt's NoMI.

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Max Weinberg performs at Hyatt Regency Newport's Summer Beach Jazz Series

Friday, 5/28/2010 3:21:04 PM

Locals and travelers to Newport Beach, California, may like the sounds of a visit to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach - literally. The Newport Beach hotel is hosting the longest-running jazz series in the country, beginning June 25.

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Waltham City Council thanks soldiers in person

Friday, 5/28/2010 4:50:42 PM

Sometimes, the courtesy of face-to-face can't be beat. The City Council of Waltham, Massachusetts, recently sent this message, along with one of thanks, when it honored locals who served in the U.S. armed forces at a meeting on Monday night.

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Why in-person meetings matter

Friday, 5/28/2010 4:22:41 PM

In an increasingly digital age, many executives still say that face-to-face meetings are a company's best option when it comes to conducting meetings. All Conference Services writes about why face-to-face still matters in a high-tech age.

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Hyatt to occupy tallest residential building in New York City

Friday, 5/28/2010 4:11:27 PM

Many people think living in fast-paced New York City is the same as living the high life. But New York locals and visitors who really want to live the high life may be interested in a new project in the works from Extell Development, poised to produce the tallest residential tower in the city.

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Top Tips for a Killer Sales Meeting

Friday, 5/28/2010 6:11:28 PM

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index reports that Americans are increasingly optimistic about the markets. Last month, consumer confidence was at its highest point in more than a year. In order to get consumers confident about making investments in your business, it's important to make sure sales agents feel motivated to win them over.

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Grand Hyatt Shenzhen offers executives workspaces and wondrous views

Friday, 5/28/2010 6:10:12 PM

It was only last December that the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen opened its doors. Now, the New York Times suggests it must be hard for executives traveling to China to remember a time when it wasn't there.

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The recovering Dubai may be an ideal place for business

Friday, 5/28/2010 6:09:10 PM

Many executives may have heard reports that Dubai has had its share of problems in the current economic climate. But the New York Times reports Dubai World - the city's largest investment firm - has recently launched a plan to restructure its debt.

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First Hyatt Place Sante Fe opens

Friday, 5/28/2010 6:08:24 PM

Sante Fe is home to some of the nation's best-known artists, a number of thriving businesses and - now - a premier Hyatt Place. Hyatt has announced that the first Hyatt Place Sante Fe recently opened.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick shows face-to-face can promote interfaith peace

Friday, 5/28/2010 6:04:21 PM

Many Muslims living in the greater Boston area feel there is not enough consideration for their faith in Massachusetts. To address this issue, Governor Deval Patrick last weekend met with a group of nearly 1,000 Muslims living in the state.

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New Hyatt Place at Sugar Land's Lake Pointe Town Center is a high point for the brand

Friday, 5/28/2010 6:03:20 PM

Locals in Missouri's Fort Bend County are excited at the prospect that they will soon be living large, or at least a certain hotel in their area will make their skyline stand tall. According to, a new Hyatt Place at Sugar Land's Lake Pointe Town Center will be the be the brand's largest one in the country.

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Traveling to Asia on business? Tips for Japan flight preparation

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 6:36:16 PM

In the beginning of 2010, the U.S. Department of State announced that America will encourage an expansion of trade and investment between the United States and Japan this decade. This means officials will be advocating for business executives to build on last year's U.S.-Japanese exchanges, which amounted to nearly $400 million in goods.

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Hyatt hotels are many executives' favorite as transient business travel picks up

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 6:59:53 PM

In the recovering economic climate, business travel is on the rise - and so is the popularity of the Hyatt brand among executives. In the first quarter of 2010, Hyatt reports that revenue rose 6.5 percent to $841 million - and most of this is thanks to business travelers who choose Hyatt.

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Three tips for better staff meetings

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 10:34:16 PM

Executives know that conducting regular sales meetings are necessary to keeping sales representatives on task and maintaining a competitive edge in the recovering climate. With these tips from Fast Company, business owners may find that sales teams are psyched about meetings.

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Digital don'ts during business meetings

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 10:32:45 PM

In-person meetings can be an ideal way to impress potential business partners - but only if executives show some respect. It seems a surprising number of businesspeople admit to checking the internet via their phones during face-to-face meetings.

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Park Hyatt Shanghai: Currently the world's highest hotel

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 10:31:41 PM

Executives can feel like they're living high - literally - when they stay at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. According to Forbes magazine, the Shanghai hotel currently holds the title of the world's highest hotel. Occupying the 79th through 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center, the hotel is the highest point in the city and offers business travelers instant access to the world of commerce an elevator ride below.

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Face-to-face meeting leads to smooth sailing for American Airlines' Montana expansion

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 10:30:41 PM

Soon, Montana entrepreneurs' business travel for in-person meetings with prospective partners may be easier because of a recent face-to-face meeting between American Airlines officials and Bozeman, Montana, officials.

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Hyatt Place and Hyatt Summerfield Suites hotels to open in Warrenville, Illinois

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 10:29:45 PM

Just 30 miles from downtown Chicago, a new economic center is beginning to blossom. Warrenville, Illinois, is a burgeoning center of business activity in America's Midwest. Recently, major international brands like Navistar and Fuel Tech have taken roots in the small city, and they continue to build their network channels to promote business partnerships in the area.

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New travel website launched for discriminating business travelers

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 10:28:49 PM

According to the National Travel Association, business travel is on the rise in 2010. Executives increased their travel rates by 2.8 percent in the first fiscal quarter of the decade. Now, to accommodate the increasing needs of discriminating travelers in search of luxury and professionalism, Biz-Net City Guides has launched a website of hotel reviews for all major metropolitan areas in the United States.

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Grand Hyatt Muscat offers global hospitality: Hotel wins international awards

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 4:02:50 PM

Travelers to Oman might want to check out the Grand Hyatt Muscat. According to some travel experts, the hotel is setting new standards in world-class luxury.

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Hip tips for healthy business travelers

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 3:54:09 PM

According to the National Business Travel Association, the first quarter of 2010 saw a 2.8 percent increase in business travel over 2009. With this in mind, a lot of executives may soon be traveling to meet prospective business partners in person.

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Upcoming conference at the Hyatt Regency Toronto offers insight on SEO

Wednesday, 5/26/2010 5:24:53 PM

Business owners likely know that consumers are increasingly turning to internet research before making purchasing decisions. In fact a report from Webvisible and Nielsen indicates that 82 percent of consumers use search engines when looking for services, so an effective ecommerce site might be the best move for business success.

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Hyatt hosts Twilight Eclipse Convention to bring fans face-to-face with their favorite stars

Tuesday, 5/25/2010 3:15:38 PM

Tweens and middle-aged women across the country might rejoice at the chance to meet Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in person. All they need to do to make this a reality is book a stay at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles and order tickets for the hotel's upcoming Twilight convention.

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Rutgers basketball coach demonstrates the power of in-person presentation

Tuesday, 5/25/2010 3:14:25 PM

C. Vivian Stringer has been coaching women's basketball for nearly 40 years, and she has a lot to say about how the game can teach young women to respect themselves in a culture that often denies them reverence.

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Top Tips for Green Meetings

Monday, 5/24/2010 3:12:53 PM

This year, businesses are increasingly going green to cut back on operational costs and impress prospective clients with how eco-savvy they are. Entrepreneurs may also find they can reduce costs and win potential partners by hosting green face-to-face meetings this year.

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Matt Damon speaks about charity work at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich

Friday, 5/21/2010 6:44:58 PM

It doesn't take an Academy Award-winning actor to convince people about the need for philanthropy in a struggling economic climate. Still, it probably didn't hurt philanthropic causes when Matt Damon spoke face-to-face with 500 attendees of Save the Children's Celebration of Hope benefit held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

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Hyatt Andaz 5th Avenue now offers premier in-room entertainment

Thursday, 5/20/2010 10:54:22 PM

New York City is a fast-paced place. Whether it's catching a show on Broadway or hitting up the hottest night clubs, there's always something to do. But sometimes, executives in town on business may want to crash after a day of meetings with prospective business partners.

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Hyatt Grand Champion Resort hosts smart appliance conference

Wednesday, 5/19/2010 3:25:51 PM

From hybrid cars to LED light bulbs, eco-friendly products are becoming a top priority for American consumers. Business executives across a number of industries may find smart appliances can boost their sales this season.

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U.S. business chief wants business travel without the 'hassle'

Tuesday, 5/18/2010 3:20:18 PM

As the U.S. Travel Association reports that business travel is on the rise in 2010, many executives may find themselves heading to airports to meet up with business partners around the globe this year. Now, it may also be possible for prospective partners to more easily come to America thanks to proposed improvements to U.S. customs practices.

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Downtown Riverhead Hyatt Place will offer cultural and corporate advantages

Tuesday, 5/18/2010 8:36:11 PM

Imagine if you could dine on top-of-the-line cuisine, see a region's best marine life and visit premier museum exhibits without ever leaving the comforts of your hotel. Guests at the soon-to-be-built Hyatt Place hotel at the Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, New York, will be afforded this opportunity.

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Hyatt Summerfield Suites - now a Denver destination

Wednesday, 5/12/2010 1:38:07 AM

Business executives may soon see new potential partners sprouting up in Denver. According to, Colorado offers one of the best business climates in the country this year.

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First Hyatt Place to open in Latin America

Tuesday, 5/11/2010 1:36:37 AM

According to BusinessWeek, some of the leading U.S. telecommunications providers are focusing their growth on Latin American markets this year. They claim many American markets have hit a standstill while Latin America interest continues to grow.

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Obama shares wisdom at Business Council meeting at Park Hyatt in Washington

Monday, 5/10/2010 10:10:14 PM

When the going gets tough, the tough get together face to face to strategize for success. Last week, the Business Council held its annual meeting at the Park Hyatt in Washington, where the recent Goldman Sachs scandal and continued economic struggles were leading topics of discussion.

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Business travelers increasingly choose Hyatt

Friday, 5/7/2010 10:23:25 PM

According to a report from the National Travel Association, business travel is on the rise in the recovering climate. reports the NBTA saw a 2.8 percent increase in business travel in the first fiscal quarter of 2010. Now, it seems a number of these business travelers are choosing Hyatt.

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Make meetings social to keep employees engaged

Thursday, 5/6/2010 10:20:42 PM

Workers' enthusiasm can help foster bonds with customers and increase customer loyalty. In a trying climate, this should be a top priority for businesses. One of the best ways to encourage staff is through motivational business meetings, and making these a fun experience could translate into takeaway points that will boost customers' experience.

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Hyatt Regency Guam celebrates Cinco de Mayo in style

Wednesday, 5/5/2010 7:20:05 PM

Business executives in Guam are able to mix business and pleasure this month as their business travel coincides with one of the most celebrated holidays in the area - Cinco de Mayo. Those staying at the Hyatt Regency Guam can enjoy the festivities through mid-May without ever leaving their accommodations.

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President Barack Obama's face-to-face meeting in Missouri goes a long way

Tuesday, 5/4/2010 5:06:20 PM

President Barack Obama claims he is committed to rejuvenating the rural economies in the U.S., but for a number of citizens in Missouri, the message only rang true at a recent town hall meeting where Obama made an in-person appearance.

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Make meetings meaningful: Top tips to engage employees

Tuesday, 5/4/2010 5:03:32 PM

In a recovering economy, it's important for workers to put their best foot forward and catch consumer dollars with quality service and sales pitches. One of the best ways employers can motivate staff is through daylong retreat-style team meetings, but there is nothing more daunting than dull, day-long meetings.

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Hyatt Regency Saipan offers corporate and community fun for a cause

Tuesday, 5/4/2010 9:56:28 PM

Executives heading to the Marina Islands on business travel may find the Hyatt Regency Saipan is a great place to stay and bring the family. The Marina Islands hotel offers premier spaces for in-person meetings and boasts community events that can be fun for everyone.

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe offers face-to-face job fair

Monday, 5/3/2010 8:28:19 PM

With increased demand for products and services, many companies may soon find it's time to increase staff. The Employment Dynamics and Growth Expectations report indicates that about half of U.S. employers will make new hires in the coming year.

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Expert says face-to-face meetings making a rebound

Monday, 5/3/2010 8:20:24 PM

Last year, a number of companies cut their travel budgets in light of a tight economy. Yet, the National Business Travel Association told there was a 2.8 percent increase in business travel over 2009 in the first fiscal quarter of this year alone.

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Gifts that keep giving: Top conference giveaways

Friday, 4/30/2010 8:17:43 PM

Meeting planners likely spend ample time considering the best gifts to give conference attendees, only to find a number of the giveaways get left at the hotel. Some corporate events planners shared insight on effective meeting gifts with

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Connect with clients before in-person meetings for best results

Friday, 4/30/2010 8:13:26 PM

Face-to-face meetings with prospective business partners are often the best way to make a strong impression and foster a committed corporate relationship. But the bonding can begin before in-person meetings take place to start conversations and facilitate productivity.

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Hyatt will open hotels in Panama to meet traveling executives' needs

Friday, 4/30/2010 8:38:25 PM

According to International Living, there is a significant hotel room shortage in Panama today - occupancy in Panama City often exceeds 90 percent. Now, the source says Hyatt has confirmed that it will build two new hotels in the nation to cater to the huge demand.

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Smartphones: The new business travel essential

Friday, 4/30/2010 3:24:34 AM

Blackberry and iPhone users are notorious for keeping their phones constantly at their sides. Now, AirPlus International, a global provider of corporate travel payment solutions, thinks developing technologies could make smartphones a business travel essential.

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Grand Hyatt Doha celebrate a year of excellent service

Friday, 4/30/2010 3:20:57 AM

A year ago, Hyatt opened its first hotel in Qatar - a 249-room, 91-resident complex. Now, local news source Al Bawaba reports that the Grand Hyatt Doha is celebrating a year of success.

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Hyatt's reward program creates new opportunities for guests

Friday, 4/30/2010 8:34:02 PM

Recently, Hyatt's loyalty program, Gold Passport, has been getting rave reviews for its Big Welcome Back promotion. Correspondents at say "Hyatt is giving travelers a good reason to give the chain a second look when booking trips."

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Grand Hyatt Seoul offers exotic dining and professional ambiance

Thursday, 4/29/2010 7:22:46 PM

Executives in the tech industry may soon be heading to Seoul. According to the Wall Street Journal, Seoul-based LG Electronics recently announced a profit of $675 billion with its first quarter gains for 2010.

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Safety tips for female business travelers

Wednesday, 4/28/2010 7:18:54 PM

It seems there will be a boost in business travel this year. The National Business Travel Association reported increases in 2010 corporate travel over 2009 in first-quarter expenses alone.

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Top tips for business travel

Wednesday, 4/28/2010 7:17:10 PM

The executive director of the National Business Travel Association told that the NBTA saw a 2.8 percent increase during the first quarter of 2010 over the last quarter of 2009. This means more executives will likely find themselves taking business trips this year.

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London leverages business opportunities this year

Wednesday, 4/28/2010 8:00:50 PM

Business executives may soon find themselves saying "cheerio" to their families as they hop on flights to London. The UK city is connecting to new trades and industries thanks to the expansion of the London Overground network.

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Grand Hyatt Mumbai hosted first-ever Indian Premier League Awards

Monday, 4/26/2010 7:15:12 PM

While baseball season is just getting into full swing in the U.S., sports fans in India were recently very excited about cricket. Last weekend, the Grand Hyatt Mumbai hosted the first ever Indian Premier League Awards.

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Hyatt enhances electronic request for proposal and offers service guarantees

Monday, 4/26/2010 9:23:33 PM

According to American Express' recent reports on corporate card activity, business executives are increasingly traveling and planning face-to-face meetings in 2010. The Economist reports that corporate travel spending exceeded $4 billion in the first quarter of 2010.

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Hyatt Regency helps business partners connect during the Grand Prix

Monday, 4/26/2010 12:49:58 AM

The Grand Prix races through Long Beach, California each April. During the Toyota event, cars speed up and down the streets of the city.

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Face-to-face meetings with new workers a must

Monday, 4/26/2010 12:30:10 AM

In an increasingly digital age, many companies allow workers to telecommute. Still, with new hires, in-person meetings can be critical to acclimation in the new workplace.

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Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles was GLADD to promote equal rights

Monday, 4/26/2010 12:29:48 AM

Last week, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hosted some very famous guests. Celebrities gathered at the Los Angeles hotel for the 21st annual GLADD Media Awards - a ceremony that honors members of the media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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Credit companies report increase in corporate travel spending

Monday, 4/26/2010 12:20:48 AM

In 2009, a number of companies cut back their travel budgets to make limited funds stretch as far as possible. Now, leading credit card companies - including American Express - say it seems businesses are gradually increasing their travel spending.

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Business travel up: Hyatt hotels leaders in the market

Monday, 4/26/2010 12:16:07 AM

In light of recent reports that business travel will rise in 2010, it seems many investors are turning to hotel stocks this year. Business News reports that hotel stocks are outperforming the market, and Hyatt proved a leader, gaining 4.62 percent last week. This put the chain at a new, 52-week high.

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Make the Most out of Meeting Time

Monday, 4/26/2010 7:23:28 PM

The National Business Travel Association reports a 2.8 percent increase in corporate travel during the first quarter of 2010 over the last quarter of 2009. As the economy picks up, it seems executives are increasing their travel budgets to meet prospective clients in person.

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Business executives looking for funds should plan for face-to-face meetings

Friday, 4/23/2010 11:31:32 PM

Venture capital firms receive countless business plans every day - so many that they cannot even all be processed, according to Mark Suster, a partner in a leading venture firm that specializes in young companies. Suster told businesspeople who want to make an impression on potential funders should meet them in-person.

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Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa honored for top resort spa

Thursday, 4/22/2010 11:42:52 PM

When business travelers face busy workdays full of back-to-back meetings with current or prospective business partners, it's important to rejuvenate. According to Conde Nast Traveler, one of the best places for executives to do this may be at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.

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Survey says volcanic ash cloud will not slow down business travel

Thursday, 4/22/2010 11:42:33 PM

With recent volcanic activity impacting European travel, many wonder about the future of business travel. An international survey from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives indicates that executives won't be stopped by some environmental hiccups.

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Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina open for business

Thursday, 4/22/2010 3:13:50 PM

Business travelers looking for a productive getaway might head to Curacao where Hyatt will be waiting to bid them "bon bini" (Papiamento for "welcomes"). The Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina opened this week, reports

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Hyatt will take over California's Four Seasons Aviara Resort

Wednesday, 4/21/2010 3:11:18 PM

Come June, business executives traveling to California can stay at the newly managed Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. The Carlsbad hotel, formerly the Four Seasons Aviara golf resort, will open as a Hyatt on June 21.

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Top tips for getting an upgrade on in business travel

Wednesday, 4/21/2010 3:08:55 PM

The national economy is quickly recovering, but many businesses may find they are still on a tight budget as sales slowly pick up in 2010. As such, business class might be out of reach when traveling for face-to-face meetings. There is nothing wrong with flying economy class, but Business Insider offers some tips on how to get an upgrade into business travel.

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Business travel on the rise in 2010

Wednesday, 4/21/2010 8:20:51 PM

The U.S. Travel Association says roughly $215 billion was spent on business travel in 2009 - down from $244 billion in 2008. With the recession in full swing, many companies were forced to cut their travel budgets. But as the national recovery is off to a strong start in 2010, so is corporate spending on travel.

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Park Hyatt Jeddah-Marina Club and Spa welcomes executives to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 4/20/2010 8:32:48 PM

Arab business executives are reportedly trying to boost their partnerships with international companies. According to the Saudi Gazette, Arab industry leaders across the markets hope to start dialogues with other businesses and investment communities in the coming years.

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Contest offers two-night stay at Hyatt Place plus a personal assistant

Monday, 4/19/2010 4:06:11 PM

Imagine going on a business trip - anywhere in the United States - and having an assistant polish your presentations while you sleep in and spend time taking in a new city. Also, your first two nights at the hotel are free - and not just any hotel, but a Hyatt Place.

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Hyatt Place San Antonio-North/Stone Oak celebrates grand opening

Friday, 4/16/2010 8:12:35 PM

Multitasking business travelers know they can count on the Hyatt Place brand to provide lodging that is both luxurious and meeting-ready. Now, executives who have cause to head to San Antonio can find a new Hyatt Place to stay.

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Businesses meetings may meet success at the revamped Hyatt Regency Lexington restaurant

Thursday, 4/15/2010 6:02:53 PM

When planning face-to-face meetings with prospective clients, business owners should look for both professional and casual settings to create a collaborative environment. This is why choosing a hotel that offers both meeting spaces and a luxurious restaurant might be business owners' best bet for in-person meetings.

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Travelers to Madison, Wisconsin can stay at a newly opened Hyatt

Wednesday, 4/14/2010 8:18:59 PM

Madison, Wisconsin boasts a business-friendly climate. According to a report from Milwaukee magazine, Wisconsin businesses paid 36 percent of all state taxes in 2009 while the national average was 42 percent.

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Make meetings count: Tips for top sales meetings

Wednesday, 4/14/2010 9:55:52 PM

In order to see a positive return on investment in sales meetings, it's important that executives make the most of their limited face-time with potential channel partners and consumers. offers meeting planners some tips on how to coordinate an event with a strategic message for maximum impact.

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Georgia's Cinco de Mayo celebration gets a helping hand from Hyatt

Wednesday, 4/14/2010 3:18:42 PM

Party-lovers and businesses that follow the Hispanic markets likely know that the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the southeast is Fiesta Atlanta. Atlanta-based PR firm Lanza Group has recently announced that - once again - the Hyatt Regency Atlanta is the official host of the May 5 festivities.

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Expanding businesses might benefit from increasing face-to-face collaborations

Tuesday, 4/13/2010 8:23:36 PM

According to a report from the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, Americans are increasingly confident about the markets. This may indicate that businesses will soon be seeing an increase in consumer spending.

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Spirits of the USA brings the spirit of face-to-face business to Jacksonville

Monday, 4/12/2010 1:27:23 AM

Much of the multi-billion dollar liquor industry is located overseas. But a soon-to-be launched company will make the first full line of American-crafted premium spirits, and it will bring back a traditional way of doing business.

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Business execs may say 'aloha' to energy conferences in Hawaii

Friday, 4/9/2010 11:41:31 PM

According to a report from the Energy Information Administration, real gross domestic product related to the energy industry will grow by at least 2.5 percent annually for the next several years.

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Hyatt will expand its reach in India

Thursday, 4/8/2010 11:29:16 PM

India is one of the United State's leading trade partners, and now Hyatt might soon be one of India's leading hotel providers. According to a report from Business Travel News, Hyatt will soon be adding upscale and mid-price hotels in the country.

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Hyatt to open Andaz Amsterdam in 2012

Thursday, 4/8/2010 3:57:01 PM

In light of recent reports that Dutch officials are hoping the U.S. will pave the way for freer trade in the Netherlands, there may come a day when corporate executives will find themselves heading to Amsterdam on business. Now, when that day comes, Andaz will be there to greet them.

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Business travelers might head to Toronto in 2010

Wednesday, 4/7/2010 4:58:09 PM

Reports indicate that the Canadian dollar is currently one of the strongest global currencies. On top of this, BusinessWeek reports that Canadian lenders have spent more than $20 billion on expanding trade relation with U.S. businesses over the past several years.

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A new survey will measure the meaning of meetings

Tuesday, 4/6/2010 7:33:15 PM

Even with the rise of virtual communication, some say that business meetings will never go out of style - face-to-face persuasion and the bonds of business handshakes are timeless.

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Albuquerque: An inexpensive city for business travel

Tuesday, 4/6/2010 3:56:24 PM

The Albuquerque Economic Development Department says the city boasts unique assets as a science and technology center of commerce, located close to Mexico. It also boasts a title as a comparatively inexpensive destination for business travelers.

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Business travelers can work - and eat - around the clock at Grand Hyatt New York

Monday, 4/5/2010 3:08:13 PM

New York is the city that never sleeps, and often businesspeople in town are in the same boat. Luckily for corporate travelers in town on business, the Grand Hyatt New York has recently opened the Market - an upscale dining option for corporate guests that might reinvent room service.

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Hyatt Miami at the Blue means business

Friday, 4/2/2010 2:46:34 PM

Miami is often considered one of the country's fastest growing economies. Not only is it home to a variety of technology and service industry leaders, but it's also a gateway to Latin American markets. Moreover, the Daily Finance has recently named Miami one of the nation's least costly cites for operating a business.

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Tips to get online teams together for face-to-face meetings

Thursday, 4/1/2010 10:08:16 PM

In an increasingly digital age, businesses are outsourcing services with partners near and far through online collaboration tools. But it can still be helpful to get workers together face-to-face. Dawn Foster, a correspondent for Web Worker Daily, offers some insight on how business leaders can make the most of limited face time among remote workers.

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In-person meetings should utilize virtual prep work

Wednesday, 3/31/2010 10:06:25 PM

In today's technologically advanced society, business partnerships often span globes and coworkers can work miles apart. Some businesses even operate entirely virtually, thereby saving money on office space and utilities.

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Avoid boring meetings and events by picking a theme

Wednesday, 3/31/2010 10:04:16 PM

No one wants to attend a boring event. Not only do participants stop paying attention, but they may actually be less likely to attend future meetings.

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Give promotional product meeting gifts without breaking the bank

Tuesday, 3/30/2010 10:02:22 PM

Many meeting planners give away mementos and small gifts to meeting attendees as a thank you for attending and, when involving promotional products, as a way to solidify the company's brand strength.

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Businesses might benefit from face-to-face meetings with Chinese partners

Monday, 3/29/2010 2:47:13 PM

China is likely an ideal market for growing companies. reports that China's rapidly growing domestic market boasts numbers unmatched anywhere else in the world, including 400 million internet users and 700 million mobile subscribers among whom savvy American businesspeople can find consumers for products and services.

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95% of businesses see benefits of corporate travel partnerships

Friday, 3/26/2010 7:49:03 PM

Though many companies are wary of their ability to afford business travel and off-site hotel meetings due to the recession, there is one thing they can do to get the biggest bang for their buck - developing a relationship with travel industry players can help ease the cost and stress of planning effective meetings or business trips.

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BRAIN of Brazil might bring more business conferences to Latin America

Friday, 3/26/2010 10:09:23 PM

Brazil is the fifth most populous country in the world, but it may soon find itself with more people occupying its major cities, visiting on business. The country, perhaps best known for its outstanding beaches and soccer teams, hopes to soon be known as the business hub of Latin America.

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Business travelers can say 'konnichiwa' to Japanese partners with the help of Hyatt

Thursday, 3/25/2010 7:47:58 PM

Business travelers might soon find themselves heading to Japan. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japanese Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, the United States and Japan have pledged to continue efforts as trading partners and to collaborate on a range of economic issues in 2010.

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Expert: In-person meetings provide 'greater return on their meetings investments'

Thursday, 3/25/2010 7:45:43 PM

In-person meetings are one of the most valuable investments a business can make, as they can help make the business perform better in a number of ways, reported Meeting Success magazine.

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Global Traveler names Park Hyatt best international hotel chain

Wednesday, 3/24/2010 7:44:19 PM

When businesspeople travel to cities around the globe for conferences, it can be hard to take in the cultural experience of a new place while staying on top of meetings. Plus, many corporate travelers with busy schedules prefer to end the day in a familiar hotel they know they can trust, which limits opportunities to stay in accommodations with regional flair.

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Hyatt exec: Save money on hotel meetings without sacrificing quality

Tuesday, 3/23/2010 4:26:50 PM

Companies looking to save money on business meetings and conferences do not have to give up travel or booking a hotel meeting space - they just have to plan wisely.

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Hyatt's 'Big Welcome Back' helps frequent travelers find savings

Tuesday, 3/23/2010 6:52:42 PM

Businesspeople who are constantly on the go might find it pays to book their corporate stays with Hyatt. The company has launched a "Big Welcome Back" promotion that gives Hyatt Gold Passport members a free night after two qualifying stays.

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UC Davis gets a housing upgrade with the addition of a Hyatt Place to campus

Monday, 3/22/2010 6:27:08 PM

The Hyatt Place chain is designed as a "contemporary environment" to accommodate the "lifestyle of today's multitasking business traveler," according to its website. It seems only fitting that a Hyatt Place should be the first hotel to open at the University of California's Davis campus - the school boasts one of the nation's top executive education programs.

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Michelle Obama makes case against childhood obesity at D.C. Hyatt

Friday, 3/19/2010 6:26:13 PM

When the Grocery Manufacturers Association gathered at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. for their conference on Tuesday, they were implored by First Lady Michelle Obama to "step it up" in the fight against child obesity.

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$12 Million renovation to Grand Hyatt New York ballroom might put business and event planners in an 'Empire State of Mind'

Friday, 3/19/2010 4:01:02 PM

The Grand Hyatt New York just got grander thanks to a $12 million renovation of its biggest event space - the Empire Ballroom. reports that the venue now offers a range of new features that are both elegant and functional.

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Top hotel amenities to look for when planning your business conference

Thursday, 3/18/2010 7:28:40 PM

Businesses might benefit from participating in conferences that will get their workers out of the office and into a new setting. A report from says constantly working in traditional offices and cubicles might not be most conducive for innovative work.

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Hyatt and Funny or Die make worst-case hotel meeting scenarios laughable

Thursday, 3/18/2010 7:27:42 PM

Though distracting mimes and Benihana-style chefs are not crises that many businesses encounter when holding a hotel meeting, executives may get a chuckle out of seeing an extreme version of what a poorly planned - think really bad - meeting looks like.

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Make your sales meeting a success: Top tips for motivational meetings

Wednesday, 3/17/2010 7:26:43 PM

Sales meetings are supposed to inspire staff to work harder and bring in new clients, but too often they become boring lectures that keep people from doing their job for an hour or so. To make sure the time you spend on a sales meeting isn't squandered, consider these tips from for a top meeting.

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Face-to-face meetings more likely to win prospective partners

Wednesday, 3/17/2010 3:57:09 PM

Robert Cialdini's book, the Psychology of Persuasion, explains that there are different "hot buttons" people can push to make sure they get the job done. With each of these different tactics one thing remains constant - each works best when delivered face-to-face.

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Get more from your hotel conference with loyalty programs

Wednesday, 3/17/2010 3:58:20 PM

With many businesses relying on face-to-face meetings and conferences despite an increased focus on keeping expenses low, there is a greater need than ever for companies to get the most bang for their business travel buck.

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What meeting planners (should) want

Tuesday, 3/16/2010 3:16:23 AM

There are some nuances to the art of hotel conference planning that professionals know about and entrepreneurs may not. offers tips on what entrepreneurs can look for when arranging a hotel business meeting.

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Study finds 95% of executives believe face-to-face meetings are essential

Tuesday, 3/16/2010 3:12:57 AM

What do the majority of business leaders believe to be the common denominator in successful business meetings? Face-to-face contact.

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Firm urges businesses to 'never forget the power of face-to-face'

Tuesday, 3/16/2010 3:12:17 AM

While technology has provided many opportunities for remote contact, sometimes going back to basics is the most effective strategy.

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Plan for success with your hotel meeting

Monday, 3/15/2010 8:47:47 PM

Business owners should never underestimate the power of face time with staff and prospective channel partners. According to a survey from Forbes, titled The Case for Face-to-Face, 91 percent of respondents believe in-person meetings are best for persuasion.

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Don't underestimate the importance of face-to-face meetings

Monday, 3/15/2010 3:13:28 AM

Though today's technological advances make communicating remotely easier than ever, business executives should not underestimate the importance of face-to-face meetings.

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Make out-of-town meetings seamless with iPhone apps

Monday, 3/15/2010 3:17:25 AM

When planning a meeting out of town, there are many things to consider, from venue to menu. Luckily, staying connected is no longer an issue, thanks to the abundance of mobile internet tools.

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