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Meetings Diva This Week

Slow week for those who are not at MPI’s World Education Congress in Vancouver. (To live vicariously, follow the Twitterfountain on M.D.’s Front Page.)

Will continue to hold down the fort till next week. If you have any questions of comments, would love to hear from you!

The Front Page This Week
MONDAY Deal of the Week
TUESDAY Chef’s Table
WEDNESDAY Guest RSS Feed
THURSDAY Party On!
FRIDAY Who’s Pouring?

Have a great week! Terri

Added by Terri Hardin on July 26, 2010 at 10:53 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

Hello, your sporadically communicative diva here. Just letting you know I’m back home on the west coast, in front of my favorite computer (the one with the big screen and the Mac interface).



While on the east coast, I hooked up with old friends, including M.D.ers Vince Alonzo, Jean Jaworek, and Bruce Serlen. It was great to see them! Also while there, I got a call with old friend Rob Carey, who asked me to relay the following:



“Rob Carey is writing an article for a… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on July 19, 2010 at 23:16 — No Comments

Meetings Diva this Week

For those of you who have been following the fortunes (or, should I say, misfortunes) of the heretofore free Ning websites, do not fear for Meetings Diva. M.D. is already a paying website and will remain so after July 20, when all free Nings will either convert or be phased out.



As far as I’m concerned, Ning is a great platform, and their new pay-to-play plan will actually lower my costs. What does worry me is their advice to members on… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on June 21, 2010 at 13:59 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

As any PBS station will tell you, member drives are a necessary evil. But necessary they are, if only to nudge people and let them know you’re still at it. This time, however, I remembered my netiquette and provided a way for people to opt out by replying with NO in the subject line. I did receive some NOs (which are going into a no-call list) but one guy NO’d twice, the second time more emphatically, “NO I AM MARRIED”. Huh.



Anyway, there are a lot of new people and they are so… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on June 7, 2010 at 11:20 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

Happy post-Memorial Day! I’m back from the Public Relations Society of America Travel Conference in Aspen, CO, with lots of ideas and some new M.D. members. Welcome, Liliane Opsomer, Julie Dunn, Laurie Armstrong, Tammy Hagin, Kate Collins, Charles Mardiks, Matt Owen, Robert Deuel, and Vicky Nash.



Carolyn Koenig of Smart Meetings, Marc Boisclair of Connections (and more),…
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Added by Terri Hardin on June 1, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

Yoicks! Down to the wire on my appearance at the Public Relations Society of America Travel Conference in Aspen, CO, May 25-28. My Topic: "Travel Is Economic Stimulus". So far, I’ve received advice from Kare Anderson and Joan Eisenstodt, but I could always do with some more! Email me at meetingsdiva@ymail.com



Also, if you’re a M.D. member who’s going to be there, give me a shout and…

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Added by Terri Hardin on May 24, 2010 at 11:44 — 1 Comment

Meetings Diva This Week

It’s a busy month. Right now, I’m counting down to my appearance at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 2010 Travel & Tourism Conference, taking place in Aspen, CO, May 25-28. I will be on a panel with my colleagues writer Marc Boisclair and Carolyn Koenig of Smart Meetings. Our topic is “Travel as Economic Stimulus” and, what with all the bad news out there (immigration, terrorists, oil spill,…

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Added by Terri Hardin on May 17, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

Every time I look at the “Members” headshots on the front page, I can’t get over how good-looking you all are. (Yes, this is sucking up, but I mean it.) Seeing such a smiling and accomplished crowd makes me happy to have started Meetings Diva.



On the down side, however, most of you are wall flowers! The community never hears from you. You could be marketing your services, selling your wares, asking for advice, or at least telling me off.



Let’s have a round of… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on May 10, 2010 at 13:20 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

Where did Monday go? Oh well, never mind.



Woke up today to a notice from Ning, warning that my freemium days were numbered. This didn’t bother me, as I have always planned to monetize this site. In fact, I did just that – I’ve paid to have those random Google ads you see (which were placed by Ning) removed – then promptly replaced them with random Google ads that are working for me. What a difference (?!)



I also received a press release from my client, IMEX America, which… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on May 4, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

As I was creating a new social community for a client, I had one of those lightbulb moments that seem so popular with PC users right now.



The network I was using was asking me if I wanted everybody to see the whole community, or just the front page. For this particular community, the public should have access to every page. But then I thought: Why not for Meetings Diva as well?



When I first launched Meetings Diva, I wanted people to be comfortable being frank, which is… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on April 26, 2010 at 18:22 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

Spring is here, and as I sit devouring local strawberries by the pint (mmmmmm), it’s good to remember what this season is about: shaking off the winter doldrums, walking out into the sunshine to gaze with fresh eyes.

Last week, I went to a…

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Added by Terri Hardin on April 12, 2010 at 11:18 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

This week, I met up for lunch in Palm Springs with M.D. member Jenise Fryatt. We batted some ideas around. In fact, she suggested that I just start introducing members to each other (an idea so simple it had to be genius). Later on in the week, while on a press trip to the Renaissance Palm Springs (which you’ll read about in Convene) I unexpectedly ran into M.D. member Karen Brost. What a great week!



It was also an exciting week as The Diva’s sponsor, IMEX America, officially… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on March 29, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

(Your Diva is temporarily blissed out by the healthcare

bill’s passing, so she will be brief.)





With the advent of spring, we should all be thinking about coming out of our shells and greeting the promise of the season. In social media terms, this means making new friends and new plans. So this week, why not

set yourself a goal of making one new friend inside the community?…





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Added by Terri Hardin on March 22, 2010 at 12:35 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

Happy Ides of March!



Today commences the 2010 American Hotel & Lodging

Association Legislative Action Summit, where member hoteliers meet senators and

representatives to let these know the industry’s concerns on pending

legislation. This year’s summit should be a happy occasion, with the recent

signing of the Travel Promotion Act, which acknowledges the economic impact of

the hospitality… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on March 15, 2010 at 14:39 — No Comments

Meetings Diva

There WAS some friending on Meetings Diva last week; I would hardly call it a friending frenzy (friending, I remind you, helps you to more easily access your fellow

Diva members) but what I did see warmed the cockles of my heart. Keep it up!





Another way to communicate with your fellow M.D.ers is through the hashtag

#meetingsdiva on Twitter. With my free time (!?!) this weekend, I compiled a

list of Twitter addresses for members, which you can find on my… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on March 8, 2010 at 21:09 — No Comments

Meetings Diva This Week

Every time I glance on M.D.’s front page and see the group called “The Healthcare Majority,” I have to laugh: It has only one member – me!





It’s not the first time I’ve been a majority of one (and it won’t be the last). Still, opinions solicited elsewhere comprise my article, 
“…

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Added by Terri Hardin on March 1, 2010 at 11:28 — No Comments

Marketing: Where are they now?

I was getting kinda hungry from greeting all the new members of Meetings Diva. Suddenly, I remembered that I had a Mrs. Field's gift premium cookie left over from Wednesday's BizBash Expo NY. I had meant to use it as a graphic for my article in the Newark Examiner, but went with another picture instead.



So now… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on October 23, 2009 at 15:36 — No Comments

Destinations: Branson, Missouri: Hardscrabble

This is adapted from "Hardscrabble," my blog on Shadow of Greatness:



Of all the trips I made on behalf of my former company, none was more earnestly envied by my family than the calls I paid on Branson, Missouri. Not that exotic destinations like Hong Kong, London, and Rome weren't to be envied, but with Branson, the folks - who had jumped in the car every time Aunt Elsie (the Oak Ridge Boys' biggest fan) made the… Continue

Added by Terri Hardin on September 16, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments


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