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Benchmark Hospitality International releases 'Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2014'
Hospitality Net Mobile
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels recently announced the "Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2014" as observed by its properties. "With 33 years of history and experience delivering exceptional meetings, we are honored to share our 2014 meeting trend insights with the industry," said Alex Cabañas, president & CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International. "The good news is ... there's good news! Booking pace is very strong and the economic hangover is mostly worn off, and companies are spending again on training and development. We look forward to 2014 and beyond."
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3 things every aspiring professional speaker needs to know
Forbes
These days, Liz Wiseman is a successful consultant and professional speaker. But before launching her new career, for 17 years she was in charge of hiring professional speakers and trainers, giving her unique insight into the process. The following are three pieces of advice she learned over the years, and which she applies in her own speaking practice today.
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The role of social media in your content marketing strategy
Social Media Today
Content marketing has gone from being the future of digital marketing, to the here and now, but where does social media sit within the overall content marketing mix? Social's role in content marketing is threefold: Social should play a key role in informing content strategy; Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and so on are all valid platforms that should be used as part of your content strategy; Social media has a unique ability to amplify your content placed on other channels.
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Mixed messages for meetings market
Hospitality Net Mobile
The U.S. meetings market has lagged in its recovery from the depths of the 2008/2009 lodging industry recession. While transient demand started to grow during the latter part of 2009, it wasn't until 2011 that significant gains were seen in group room nights. After two years of steady growth in the number of group events hosted by hotels, PKF Hospitality Research, LLC has observed some recent volatility in the volume of meetings being planned.
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Snowed in? Apps that keep your business running
Fox Small Business
Business doesn't stop just because you're snowed in. When your town is battered by a snowstorm or covered in ice, you need to keep working. That's where your smartphone or tablet comes in. With the right apps, you can have a productive day from anywhere.

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9 habits of highly effective speakers
Inc.
Whether you're giving a wedding toast, a TED talk, or an important address to an audience of thousands, you want your words to resonate. In the wake of the State of the Union address, the following are nine keys to success from some of the best public speakers in history.

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What your friends can't tell you about your self-published book
The Huffington Post
Family and friends are often the inspiration for getting published and are profusely thanked in acknowledgements and recognized in dedications. However, unless they are successful authors, editors, in the publishing or book marketing business, their encouragement is just loving support.

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You've got to try these speaking tricks
Inc.
If simply hearing the phrase "public speaking" makes you cringe, Zach Holman, a prominent developer at GitHub, the software-development network, feels your pain. That's why he recently launched speaking.io, the ultimate site for the legions of people who dread public speaking more than death. Speaking.io offers actionable tips on how to overcome your fear, as well as advice on preparing a great speech and keeping people interested when you're delivering it. So how did Holman master the art of public speaking? And how can business leaders can improve their own presentations?
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Create professional quality writing for your business
Small Business Trends
A lot of you may not be writers. You might have dreaded your Comp class in college, or you might now grind your teeth at the thought of writing even just a paragraph. The problem is, if you don't have a big budget for marketing or writing, you'll have to bite the bullet and do it yourself. Fortunately, you don't have to jeopardize your business' reputation with poor writing. There are a few ways to ramp up your skills, and look like a burgeoning business who's hired a professional writer to do the job.
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The neuroscience of networking: Why it matters to your conference
Midcourse Correction
When our brain is at rest, it starts making sense about our self and our relationships to others. It also thinks about new people that we've met and how they fit within our social circles. Our brains are built to be thinking about socializing with others. It uses its free time to process and reprocess information about those around us. This explains why networking with others at a conference it is so important to us.
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Why thanking someone for a retweet might actually be a good idea after all
MediaBistro
Do you say "thank you" when you get a retweet? It's typically frowned upon by Twitter etiquette hawks, whose reasons for despising vary from "it clutters up your profile," to "it's just plain unproductive." But it's time to reassess this stance, and — quite possibly — incorporate thank yous back in to your Twitter repertoire. Here's why.
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The simple science to good storytelling
Fast Company
People have always been fascinated by stories. While sitting around a fire, stories were the first and only way to share information, dreams, to entertain, inspire, and connect with others long before humans had any other forms of communication. Not only is it commonly accepted that good storytelling beats other forms of communication hands down, there is scientific evidence that backs this up.
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