Category - Event Planning

Baltimore – Open for Business
11 Ways #EventProfs can Deal with Crazy Email Overload
International Business Etiquette for Meeting Planners
Meeting Planner Music Club – Brian Wilson in the Old Apartment
Meeting Planner Music Club – Love Has Come for You

Baltimore – Open for Business

Aerial view of Baltimore Harbor on a sunny day would be perfect for a conference or event

So. A good industry friend of Team PlannerWire just finished wrapping up her association’s conference in Baltimore and everything went Spectacular (yes, that is a capital S), you can read about it in Associations Now here and here. The organizers were happy and the attendees were happy and that my friends is what any event or conference stakeholder should want. And all of this good stuff as Baltimore went through a rough patch… This shows that cities, and their people, are more than what we see in the media. Read More

11 Ways #EventProfs can Deal with Crazy Email Overload

Event Planner Email Overload

Email is the *&#^$% bane of the meetings, event, and association industries. I shit you not. It is so bleeping annoying that I used one swear and two implied swears in my opening paragraph. Email is also one of the best business tools out there so get used to it Mary Sunshine. I hate to break to Mary, but email is here to stay so we all might as well stop bitching and just learn to deal with it. Here are some of the ways that I have found that keep me sane. Read More

International Business Etiquette for Meeting Planners

Global Meeting Planning

Having just recently returned from a client event in the UK that had a truly international audience (35 different countries represented), this infographic really struck a chord and my funny bone (don’t ask, I am like that).

We all know that people the world over are remarkably similar. We all laugh and love, share friendships and goodwill, but we are different in unique and interesting ways.

Check out this infographic from WD Storage that can help us all from committing some crazy faux pas that creates an international incident that ends your conference with a punch in the nose and a mushroom cloud… Read More

Meeting Planner Music Club – Brian Wilson in the Old Apartment

Meeting Planner Music Club BNL

Staying away from the dance and hard rock for another week, I wanted to hit another couple of the songs that are in my travel playlist. Brian Wilson and The Old Apartment from Barenaked Ladies are songs that always seem to be blasting out of my headphones while I am flying and writing (see, I can do two things at the same time).

Barenaked Ladies, for those that don’t know, are a lot bigger of a band than you would think…From the Wik:

They are best known for their hit singles, “One Week”, “The Old Apartment”, “Pinch Me”, “If I Had $1000000″, “Brian Wilson”; as well as the theme for the sitcom The Big Bang Theory. They are also known for their light-hearted, comedic performance style, and humorous banter between songs and improvised raps/songs are staples at nearly every concert. They have won multiple Juno Awards and have been nominated for Grammy Awards. Original keyboardist Andy Creeggan left the band in 1995, and founding member Steven Page departed in 2009. The band has sold over 15 million records including albums and singles.

In addition, they are also pretty innovative and meeting planners could learn a thing or two from their style. As early as 2004, they were selling same night performances on USB right after the show (if they could do that then, imagine what we could do now) and they were some of the first bands to adopt a blog and social media… Go figure.

I give you a Music Club Double Shot – Brian Wilson and the Old Apartment

Meeting Planner Music Club – Love Has Come for You


I have noticed that a whole lot of the music club selections have been dancy or rocky over the past couple of years and that might give the impression that we are just a bunch of sweatin, fist pumping meeting planning fools over hear at PlannerWire Headquarters and nothing could be further from the truth, we actually do listen to other stuff… really.

One of my favorite albums of the past couple of years that gets a lot of play when I am travelling is from the unlikely duo of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.

Many don’t know that Steve is more than just a funny guy, he is a also one of the best banjo players in the world and has even won some Grammy’s to go with his Special Oscar. Fans of Edie may have thought that she fell off the face of the earth after her first smash album with the New Bohemians and marriage to the legendary Paul Simon but that would not be entirely accurate.. she has kept on producing solid work while not caring what anyone thought.

From PBS 

Steve Martin is now in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comic, actor, musician, author and playwright. Recently honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a Governor’s Award special Oscar, he is also a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter.

Edie Brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late 1980s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since carved out an iconoclastic solo career that’s solidified her reputation as a uniquely compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight. Although these new musical partners have already built widely-respected individual bodies of work, their inaugural collaboration is a creative milestone.

Here is video from their amazing “Great Performances” show that aired earlier in 2014 on PBS.

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