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THE ART OF TRAVEL Thoughts +Leaders What advice would you give to today’s international meeting planners? Kevin Clark President and Founder Content Evolution LLC Great business deals start and close faceto-face. There is no substitute for spending quality time with other executives and professionals. The more seasoned the executive, the more this is understood. When gathering in person, scale to intimately fit the needs of the meeting. As a former host of many global gatherings, invariably the best ones take place where you can “take over” the property you’re visiting. Develop a signature element you can memorably repeat—one that will be expected and sought after by guests. Although the cold and flu season has passed for many of us, there’s never a bad time to focus on staying healthy on the road. Here are some products that will help you remain at your best. Nano-UV Scanner The JET SEAT (NiceFlights.net, US$29.95) Don’t sit on dirty seats! Make travel nicer by using a cotton seat cover that fits any economy-class airplane, bus or train seat and most first-class and business-class airline seats with adjustable headrests. The carrying pouch doubles as in-flight storage space for small items so you’re less likely to leave things behind. (Magellans.com, US$90) This portable scanner uses ultraviolet light to kill 99.9 percent of germs on any surface. Ideal for sanitizing airplane tray tables, lavatory surfaces, hotel bedding, telephones, remote controls and much more, it fits in a purse or pocket for easy access anywhere and has a 10-second safety timer. Bulb lasts up to 5,000 hours. Fast Facts from the April Business Barometer A majority of your peers (64 percent) say that current business conditions are better than they were a year ago—a jump of 6 percent year-on-year. Attendance is up for 54 percent of meeting professionals since a year ago—up from just 37 percent in April 2010. Only 19 percent of you claim that attendance is down year-on-year, compared with 39 percent a year ago. MPI’s Business Barometer is sponsored by Portable Neck Traction Wein ViraMask N99ESC (WeinProducts.com, contact for price) This mask is designed for the general population who need extra protection in public venues such as supermarkets, airports, airplanes, train stations or anywhere else there is a risk for airborne virus exposure. One size fits all adults, molding to facial contours. Unlike other respirator masks, this one can be worn upside down and still fit. (SkyMall.com, US$69.98) This air-inflated, portable traction device allows you to treat your aching neck everywhere you go. Simply place it around your neck and pump the inflation bulb until you feel a comfortable stretch. This stretching action gently relaxes tight muscles and relieves joint and nerve pressure. It’s available in three sizes. 24 one+ 05.11 http://www.Magellans.com http://www.NiceFlights.net http://www.SkyMall.com http://www.WeinProducts.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + May 2011

One + May 2011
Contents
Energy of Many
Impressions
Meeting Design Goes Mobile
Picking Brains
Agenda
Ask the Experts
Thoughts+Leaders
Overheard
Art of Travel
Web Watch
Radical Co-creation
Engagement + Innovation = Wunderbar
Top Spots
Connections
Irrelevant
The Business of Being Social
Safety in Numbers
Ads, Sponsors and Patrons
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
It’s Getting Better All the Time
Blame It on Rio
Ride Free
Learning How the Brain Learns
Just Face It
Becoming Mindful with Your Meetings
Group Think
The Mesh Meeting
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again

One + May 2011

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