Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. February 26, 2014 Issue

FEBRUARY 26, 2014

Meetings & Events
Corporate Travel Management
Incentives & Rewards

Digital clutter comes from multiple sources—think text, e-mails, BBMs, social media alerts and more. Unlike physical clutter, which is easy to see, e-clutter can grow unmanageable because it's hiding in our devices. Elizabeth Bowman, president of Innovatively Organized, a Seattle-based productivity consulting and organization firm, says "clutter tends to form when individuals are overloaded and are in a rush to switch from task to task." It's not the one little thing that'll get you. It's the deluge of electronic communication that you receive each day that reaches epic proportions. Read on for ways to conquer the daily digital clutter.

Use Tech to Manage Tech:

Drowning in social media alerts? Use an aggregator like HootSuite to manage social media accounts from one central dashboard, suggests Bowman. "This way, you don't have to log in and out of so many different sites and you can view it all in one place."


"Use the two minute rule when making decisions about processing e-mails," says Bowman. If it can be tackled in two minutes or less, do it now. If it will take longer than two minutes, then add the action from the e-mail to your task management system or to-do list.

Set up Filters:

Use the power of your e-mail system to set up filters for e-mail to be sent directly to folders. That way you can look at industry e-mail blasts when it's convenient.

Start Now:

"Begin by organizing your active digital clutter such as your e-mail inbox and contacts. Once those habits and processes have been established, then organize and archive past files," notes Bowman.

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Save the date


When: March 19 - 21, 2014
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Why go: Three days of educational sessions ranging from open booking, traveller compliance, procurement and traveller safety will keep you up-to-date with the latest intel for corporate travel managers.
What's in it for you: Networking and exhibits and the introduction of GBTA Canada's newly formed advisory board and committees.

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Good to know

A New Read
Meetings Outlook is the new quarterly publication that replaces the bi-monthly Business Barometer from MPI. It covers new trends and innovations in the meeting event industry, with bright infographics and a more robust survey audience. The publication is free for both MPI members and non-members making it more accessible to the wider event planning community. The 2014 winter edition of the Meetings Outlook predicts increasing attention to meeting design, hybrid and virtual meetings, social media, tech innovations and the overall health of the meeting and event industry. The publication tracks future predictions from more than 5,000 MPI members with a short series of questions related to the economy and a question about the individual's professional outlook.

Don't Leave Home Without It
More than ever your phone is your lifeline, as Marriott Hotels has introduced a new addition to their mobile phone app that allows guests to check out of 348 of their properties around the world, with plans to have it global by the end of the year. Travellers who download the app (exclusively for Marriott Rewards members) can check-in up to two hours before they arrive to get to their room faster and receive automatic notifications when the room is ready. Checking out with the app ensures you miss the front desk line up—as the hotel will email a copy of your bill. So far the app has been downloaded over 2.8 million times.

Tap into the App
Incentive travel planners gotta love the new native iPad app launched by Associated Luxury Hotels International that features quick and easy access to its 160+ four and five-star hotels and resorts worldwide. Once downloaded, the app functions without Internet activity and details floor plans, capacity charts, dining and even destination information. In addition planners can search for specific properties that will suit their program's objectives or special needs, such as golf or beach and island locations. A favourite function allows users to select up to six properties to compare resort features side-by-side.

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Job code: Opportunities in the world of work

Creative Opportunity
If you've got the big picture vision coupled with attention to detail, then Decor & More has a spot for you on their sales team in Toronto. You'll report to the director of sales, but will work closely and directly with clients to determine and execute their event goals, manage event budgets and actively seek out new business that fits the company's strategic vision. If you've got at least five years of hands on experience in event management and have excellent verbal and written skills, click here for more details.

Event Specialist
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is looking for a seasoned event planner to oversee all aspects of event execution, including educational seminars, conferences and campaigns. You'll have at least five to seven years of event planning experience and be adept with contract negotiations, promotion and sponsorship.
Join the Team
The Toronto-base office of Egencia is on the lookout for a full-time corporate sales manager for its meetings and incentives suite of products and services. You will develop, sell and close new corporate accounts. You're an independent self-starter with at least five years of experience in meetings and incentive sales with strong verbal communication skills.
Calling all Students
Volunteers are needed for the Ignite Business Event (iBE) Expo, April 8-9—a fabulous opportunity for students wishing to gain valuable industry experience. Students will be asked to volunteer for the two days of the business event, be willing to commit to a training session and sign up for a work schedule. If you're interested, please contact Alice Parnis.
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