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Monthly articles offering the latest opinions, insights and trends in Strategic Meetings Management and Attendee Management for meetings and events.

Read the latest blog from Grass Roots on some of the newest hotels, restaurants, and event venues in the New York City market, while throwing in a few hidden gems along the way...

Would [footballer] have scored from that free kick against [team] if they hadn’t composed themself, shut everything out and taken deep breaths? It was no guarantee of performance but it certainly helped. These actions exhibit the key tenets of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the latest trend exploring how to improve how we function at work and, contrary to the name; it goes beyond ...

Read the latest blog from Grass Roots on some of the newest hotels, restaurants, and event venues in the New York City market, while throwing in a few hidden gems along the way...

Commission payments have recently come under scrutiny, with two major hotel groups announcing that they are reducing their commission payments to agents from 10% to 7%. This has caused concern within the industry that this may be the start of something much more widespread and that hotels could follow the airlines lead, where commission payments have all but disappeared over re ...

2018 promises to be an exciting year for Grass Roots Meetings & Events. Our offering stood apart from the core services provided by The Grass Roots Group and when Blackhawk Network, a prepaid and payments agency bought The Grass Roots Group in late 2016 it was understandable that we were never going to be a key part of their long term business plan. I’m delighted therefore ...

How to make your in-house event team more valuable to your clients You lead an in-house team of meeting planners and you’ve just been given staggering news: your company’s CFO has announced they are spinning off the event department in 90 days. In three months, your event team will be a separate business and will no longer be guaranteed to get the company’s event work, which ...

When I first started working in the industry neither residential nor non-residential training centers had the best of reputations. More often than not they were either bleak, purpose-built buildings in city centres or old rural houses, schools and the like, bought cheap by organizations for internal use and then given a lick of paint and little else. Fast forward to today and ...

This is a guest blog from Wildgoose - an events company specializing in unique location based challenges. While rote learning might have helped us pass our exams at school, few people are able to retain what they learned years down the line. With the eruption of technology, we’ve looked into how the latest gadgets can help improve retention after attending Learning & Devel ...

Anyone involved in managing events is faced with the ongoing challenge as to how to attract the correct audience. While content is always king, you can put on the best event but if the audience doesn’t meet with your criteria the event is doomed. There is not much point in inviting a group of college students to a luxury automotive launch for example. You want your high earners ...

Whenever an organization appoints a new supplier it creates a degree of change which is not always appreciated by employees. Whilst the majority within the organization will embrace the change and understand it is being done for good reason, a number will rally against the change and continue utilising their old method regardless. There are any number of reasons for this – som ...

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