Tip of the month Planning a luncheon meeting? Consider a breakfast meeting instead. Why? No alcohol is served; minds are fresh; there's a built-in deadline (people have to get to work), and it's the first activity on everyone's agenda.
--The Concise Guide to Executive Etiquette, by Linda and Wayne Phillips, as cited in The Working Communicator
Book of the month Sometimes a little fun helps break the ice--and also teaches attendees something. That's the objective of the 50 exercises in Better Sales Meetings in 3 to 30 Minutes, by Malinda Terreri (1997, MTM Marketing, Lancaster, Pa.). For example, there's "Keep It Simple, Stupid," where meeting attendees are given wordy, confusing messages to decipher into simple statements as a group exercise.
Quote of the month "Mr. Mayor, Mr. Mayor!" Horton called. "You've got to prove now that you really are there! So call a big meeting. Get everyone out. Make every Who holler. Make every Who shout!"
Web Site of the month If you want to make only one stop, Sales & Marketing Executives International's site (www.smei.org) is the place to go for its comprehensive coverage of its industry. With 350,000 articles and research studies, its Resource Center bills itself as having "more sales and marketing information than any library on earth." That's probably true.
Other features: chats; a travel section with maps, best fares, and weather; and a free trial subscription to the organization's newsletter.
Sensation of the month Billing itself as the first environmentally smart hotel in the continental United States, the 193-room Sheraton Rittenhouse Square Hotel, in Philadelphia, is a glimpse into the future of hotel construction. Night tables were built from recycled shipping pallets; bureaus were finished with a nontoxic lacquer process; and the floors were made of recycled granite and the walls of bamboo (considered sustainable, since it grows 60 feet every three years). Special units supply fresh air to rooms and remove mold and pollen. Beds are "organic sleep systems," with mattresses made of wool, dye-free cotton, and recycled springs. Lighting is energy-efficient, and cleaning supplies are nontoxic. The hotel has 4,500 square feet of meeting space in seven rooms.