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Jun. 4, 2015

Young public servants want to be leaders in local government
Route Fifty
Gen Xers and millennials who have left public service would overwhelmingly consider a local government leadership role, particularly women, according to the latest "Push/Pull" report from Emerging Local Government Leaders. Among women, 4 out of 5 said they'd return to lead compared to 3 out of 4 men.More

5 tips for creating a bulletproof hotel contract
Successful Meetings
The improving economic environment has created a seller's market that puts hotels in the driver's seat. Last year, the average hotel daily room rate and revenue per available room was the highest ever recorded by STR, a global provider of competitive benchmarking, information services, and research to the hotel industry. Occupancy for the first quarter of 2015 was also the highest ever recorded by STR for hotels worldwide.More

Plan meetings with introverts in mind
Associations Now
All meeting planners want to make it easier for conference attendees to connect. Is the way to go about that to think of all attendees as introverts? Maybe.More

7 free apps to download before your next business trip
The Week
It's easy to get bogged down in arranging the logistics of business travel. There's packing, flying, reservations and more. While your firm might handle some or all of the arrangements for you, it still helps to stay organized. For every stressful aspect of business travel, there's a free smartphone download that can make your life easier.More

Now boarding: Delta experiments with pre-loading carry-ons
NBC News
Airlines seem to be forever tinkering with the boarding process in an effort to get passengers onto planes quickly. Now Delta Air Lines is trying something new: preloading carry-on bags before passengers. More

Convention centers are adding to downtowns, and vice versa
Successful Meetings
Fort Wayne, Indiana, has enjoyed a steady influx of visitors since the city expanded its Grand Wayne Convention Center in 2005. The extension has not only made the venue a more desirable destination for outside meeting planners looking for an affordable option that can accommodate a sizable group, but has helped stoke development in the area — e.g., the building of new retail, restaurants and riverfront entertainment options — which has helped lure locals to downtown in the process.More

How distractions cause stress and impede your ability to function
By Michael S. Haro, Ph.D.
If you are easily distracted, your level of stress likely rises with these distractions. In this state, your potential for making poor decisions and mistakes increases. Leaders and managers constantly face their share of distractions, so it's important to know how to handle them in the appropriate manner. Distractions are always present, and your reaction controls your behavior. The slogan, "As you think, so you go," fits because your thoughts direct your actions and behavior. Everything you do is a result of what you are thinking at the time.More