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Give Yourself a Break

Posted on August 31, 2010 in Get More Done

Deadlines to the left of you. Deadlines to the right of you. No wonder you sometimes feel so stressed out and tired, you just can’t think straight anymore. When you start running on empty, don’t push yourself; take a break instead. It’ll give you a new perspective and renewed energy when you need them most.

10 Key Strategies to Get Motivated

Posted on August 30, 2010 in Get More Done

Your company’s profits are down. Your coworkers are making a career out of griping. And all you want to do is get your job done — well and on time. But with so much negativity, finding the motivation to do it can be tough. What you need is the right attitude and some strategies to get you going.

RFP Response Malfunction

Posted on August 27, 2010 in Events & Meetings

In today’s tough economic climate, you’d think hotels would be jumping through hoops to secure event bookings. Yet when it comes to requests-for-proposals, hotels seem to take their time getting back to meeting planners. Why do they act like this? And how can you get them to change their ways?

Get Your Act Together

Posted on August 26, 2010 in On the Show Floor

A booth presentation can be a scary thing for a lot of people. In fact, public speaking is consistently listed as one of the top phobias among adults. But you can take the away fear and put on a presentation people actually flock to instead of drifting away. How? By planning wisely.

Your Dilemma Answers: Too much casual, too little business

Posted on August 7, 2010 in What's Your Advice - Answers

I spend a lot of time on the road at trade shows, and in the trade show world, proper attire is part of the brand experience. So, I was shocked at the less than casual attire in my office this summer. If some of our customers stopped by our headquarters, what would they think to see my coworkers wearing flip-flops, tank tops and shorts? Should I take my concerns to upper management or HR, or just keep my big mouth shut?

— Trudy, Event Manager, Tradeshows

Modes of Persuasion

Posted on August 6, 2010 in Your Career

You have a point of view on a business issue. How do you convince others to support it? It takes the ability to influence others, whether it’s a coworker or a member of upper management. And to be successful in your effort, you must vary your approach depending on each person and situation.

The Top Three Phrases Bosses Love to Hear

Posted on August 5, 2010 in Your Career

Most bosses aren’t in the business of intimidating their employees; they want a collaborative effort, with staff members who act like true members of a team. How do you let your boss know you’re one of these much-desired assets? By keeping him or her informed of what you’re working on, anticipating potential problems and presenting possible solutions when things go wrong.

50 Tips for Going Green

Posted on August 4, 2010 in On the Show Floor

Going green at a trade show demonstrates your company’s commitment to being socially responsible, and to some of your customers, that can mean a lot. But did you know it can also save you money? All it takes is a little advance planning and research on your part. For tips, also check out MC2’s white paper, Meeting Green: How to Save Money and the Environment.

What’s the Plan?

Posted on August 3, 2010 in On the Show Floor

Every trade show comes with multiple elements that need your attention — space selection, contracts, goals, objectives, staffing and more — long before you ever step onto the show floor. Getting it all done, without letting a single item slip through the cracks, can be as hard as herding cats. But with the right timeline, you can do it.

Employers Can’t Afford Complacent Workers

Posted on August 2, 2010 in Get More Done

In this new world of ours, the specter of a layoff looms over almost every employee’s head, and anyone who can be perceived as dead wood will be the first to go. So, instead of doing eight hours and clocking out, it’s time to become proactive, be creative and make yourself so indispensible, your boss would be crazy to let you go.

To-do Lists

Posted on August 1, 2010 in Get More Done

In your quest to get everything done every day, you’ve probably resorted to using a to-do list. And you’re just as likely to have stopped using lists for one simple reason — the typical list doesn’t work. Why? You can rarely get all the way through it, and you always find something else to add to it. But there are some ways you can make a to-do list work for you.

Kicking Out Clutter

Posted on August 1, 2010 in On the Show Floor

Exhibit clutter. It’s easy to define — an overabundance of products or visual elements that don’t allow or are too confusing for the audience to focus on an exhibit’s meaning. But dealing with clutter isn’t always easy.

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