Monday, April 25, 2011

Networking is Vital

It seems simple enough, but networking is absolutely key to successful business. In today’s economy, people buy from people they know and trust. If you are not networking, you’re not putting yourself or your business in a position to succeed.

Networking can be tough for even the most seasoned professionals. To grow your network in the events industry, start by going to association meetings in your area like International Special Events Society (ISES), National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) or Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

You can also use online tools to expand your network. The tool I recommend most for networking is LinkedIn. Once you join, be sure to connect with me. Other great networking tools include Twitter and Facebook. Follow and network with MEET on Twitter and MEET on Facebook.

Getting your name and company out there is important. I hope these tips get you on your way to building your own network.

For additional tips, check out these networking tips from leadership experts Dale Carnegie

Good luck!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Artist Mikel Patrik Brings Sleek, Sexy artwork to MEET

MEET has partnered with renowned local artist Mikel Patrik to bring fresh, colorful art to its third floor. Mikel,, combines his experience in architecture and his bold, timeless taste to create paintings that are sleek, simple and sexy. Mikel’s original concepts of Pixel, Stitch and Strata artwork are now available for viewing in the MEET Las Vegas multimedia training center.
“The artwork brought a fresh, lively spirit to the hallways at MEET,” said MEET’s Ashley Fisher. “The color really brightens up the space.”
The MEET multimedia training center is a computer-based training facility and meeting space on MEET’s 3rd floor. For more information visit

What do you think of Mikel’s work?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Good Eats in Downtown Las Vegas….

Mickey Finnz is the place to go for great BBQ. Their mixture of Hawaiian and Mexican is amazing! Our staff goes there at least once a week. The turkey burger with the BBQ sauce is my favorite.

Thai Vegas Cuisine is a Thai/Chinese Food restaurant that is quick when your lunch hour is short. Not only are the quick but the food is great and filling. Of course, if you’re anything like me, I know you’ll be hungry again within two hours.

Luca’s Café Deli is the oldest and first church in Las Vegas converted into a small but cute café. The food is filling and the atmosphere historic.

Make sure you bring some friends and come on down to the downtown area for lunch or dinner.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Know the Restrictions Before You Quote Pharma Meetings

Philadelphia, PA was host to the 7th Annual Pharmaceutical Meeting Management Forum last week. The biggest discussion of the week was all the limitations on pharmaceutical meetings. Here are some examples for meetings with healthcare practitioners:
  • No perceived high-end properties.
  • No resorts.
  • They can only spend $25 on breakfast, $50 on lunch, and $100 on dinner (all-inclusive).
  • The finances needs to be detailed and exact up-front.
  • No entertainment.
  • Companies can only spend a finite amount for healthcare practitioners to travel.

These are just a few of the restrictions for medical meetings. The next time you have an RFP from a Pharmaceutical company, make sure you ask all the right questions and read up as much as possible before quoting them.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Getting Elusive Media Attention for Your Business

Are you interested in getting your company more media attention? Of course you are! A great place to start is a recent blog post by Patrick Garmoe, “109 Ways to Make Your Business Irresistible to the Media.”

A few of the tips I found beneficial:

  • Sign up on Several e-mail lists are sent out daily, full of reporters needing experts for stories. Jump on those that fall within your expertise.

  • Define the story in just one sentence, so you can easily explain it to the media in 10 seconds.

  • Think visually. When can a media station shoot video and pictures? If that’s not possible, are there video or pictures you can provide?

  • Pitch local stories to local reporters. National attention typically springs from local attention first.

  • Devote lots of time on e-mail subject lines to reporters. You can apply the same techniques for writing magnetic headlines for blog posts – they make both readers and reporters want to know more about what you have to say.

  • For more tips, read the blog online at

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    Social Media Decoded

    Social media is a very hot topic. Who hasn’t heard of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many of the other tools to connect and engage with customers, clients and friends online? Everyone wants to capitalize on these tools for their business, but when is the best time to utilize which tool and how should you do it?

    Social media basic best practice questions and more were answered by the Social Media Scientist, Dan Zarrella, in a recent webinar, “The Science of Timing,” by HubSpot. The useful webinar provided statistics for Twitter, Facebook, blogging and e-mail marketing, including the right time to post, how frequently to post, and many more statistically backed marketing tips.

    Some of my favorite points:
  • You can retweet the same link multiple times in a day. Just change the way you present it.

  • Contrary to conventional thinking, data shows “unsubscribes” from your e-mail list don’t go up significantly with additional e-mails. And all e-mails after three keep a similar click-thru rate.

  • 11 – 5 p.m. ET is the best time to tweet for clicks.

  • Monday is the day the most people read blogs.

  • On Facebook, pages that posted every other day had the most “likes.”

  • Visit to find out the best time for you to tweet.

  • To see the webinar for yourself, visit HubSpot. Good luck with your social media efforts.