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Swag with Swagger Pens, thumb drives and t-shirts are all useful - to a point. So why waste funds on cheap tokens that inevitably end up lost or tossed? Spending big isn't the only option. As long as your giveaway is useful, that company logo will be a cherished addition to any attendee's every day. Tech-Friendly: Screen Cleaner. It doesn't take a hardcore techie to appreciate this on-the-go essential that wipes phone, tablet and computer screens free of smudges and dust. Plus, it's available in convenient cases that are totally customizable. Choose bold colors that are easy to see in cluttered bags. Evergreen: Umbrella. Almost everyone needs an umbrella at some point, and the more compact it is, the better. Branding both the carrying case and umbrella itself ensures your logo is top of mind, whether stowed in a car, office, or the recipient's favorite travel bag. Happy Hour: Bar in a Jar. Fun for smaller, high-end meets, a jar with logoemblazoned lid is the perfect container for mini bar essentials. This gift looks and tastes great after a long day on the tradeshow floor, plus it really makes an impression. When the last drop of liquor is gone, the logo jar becomes a perfect desktop candy container. Team Building with Taste! These days, foodie culture is rampant. Savvy meeting professionals are always hitting the hottest restaurants so they'll have a recommendation at the ready when clients come calling. That being said, even the most dedicated foodies can't go out every night, and the non-foodies among us still need to eat. Why not consider a cooking event for your next meeting? There are companies nationwide that trade in food tourism, many of which go well beyond serving up gourmet dishes and extend into the realm of education. Others deal strictly in cooking parties that extend to the corporate universe, many of which can handle large groups. Here are a few purveyors in the NorCal region worth checking into: experience that will ID the most discerning palate on staff. Hands-On Gourmet - San Francisco Groups come together, cook together and eat together with plenty of help from professional chefs. These events are interactive, community building, fun and can be done in their kitchen or off-site at your special meeting or event. Entirely customizable for any group, any size, anytime, anywhere. Great for incentive meetings, networking, fundraising or just a fun way to let off steam after a heady day of end-to-end meetings. Kitchen on Fire - Berkeley Silverado Cooking School - Napa There's nothing like wine to help build camaraderie and Silverado's team-building offerings - groups prepare fourcourse meals over a four-hour period - teach skills that help attendees achieve better results in the office by encouraging teamwork in the kitchen! Also available, a wine-tasting Your guests arrive to a special fruit and cheese reception, enjoy lectures and instructions from chefs about what they'll be cooking, break out into teams and get busy in the kitchen, enjoying about 60 to 90 minutes of work time before tucking into their self-prepared feast. Feel free to BYO wine, planners! There's no corkage fee here. ● P E R S P E C T I V E | fall 2016 | 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Innovation Corner
The Challenges of Planning Smaller Meetings
10 Ways to Millennial-ize Your Meetings
MPI WEC 2016: Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences
Thought Leadership
What’s Trending in Event Design
New Member Spotlight
Destination: Denver
MPINCC New Members
Index to Advertisers/
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Innovation Corner
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - The Challenges of Planning Smaller Meetings
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 10 Ways to Millennial-ize Your Meetings
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - MPI WEC 2016: Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Thought Leadership
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - What’s Trending in Event Design
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - POV
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - New Member Spotlight
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Destination: Denver
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - MPINCC New Members
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Index to Advertisers/
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