Sidebar Blog

Welcome to the Sidebar Blog – a place for MMB coalition members and industry partners to discuss industry trends, major events and advocacy efforts.


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The Advantages of Face-to-face Negotiations September 30, 2019 | By Alexis Kereluk, Partner, ConnectSeven GroupIn today’s world, most professionals juggle long-distance working relationships. We collaborate with people across time zones, countries and cultures... READ MORE
Elevating the Events Industry August 31, 2019 | By Marin Bright, Founder and CEO of Smart MeetingsIt’s time for the meetings and events industry to move from the backroom to the boardroom. We know that face-to-face plays a critical role in... READ MORE
Speakers and Meeting Professionals: Working Together to Drive Better Business Results July 18, 2019 | By Deborah Gardner, CMP, President of DG International, LLC; Founder & Researcher for Meetings TalkThroughout my career in the meetings industry over the past three decades, I have been honored to attend or participate in many events, both as a... READ MORE
Bridging the Gap: Why All Event Planners Should Embrace Sustainability June 20, 2019 | By Carol Porter, CMP, CMM, Event Planner at Sustainable MeetingsThis article was originally published by MPI (Meeting Professionals International).
4 Tips for Engaging Key Audiences at Your Next Event May 31, 2019 | By Sam Bhandarkar, CMP, Event Placement Director of LRP Publications, Inc.This year, I was fortunate to work with the team at my hometown DMO, Discover the Palm Beaches, as they developed their inaugural external facing... READ MORE
The Advantages of Human Interaction in the Digital Age April 24, 2019 | By Neha M. Shah, Director at the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors BureauIn today’s digitally-driven society, it may seem like fewer personal connections are being made as people increasingly communicate by phone and email... READ MORE