PYM LIVE Events Invigorate Business Meetings and the People Who Plan Them

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Meeting and event planners struggling with how to negotiate savings in a seller's market and how to integrate fresh ideas/technology into their events will find relevant education and resources at PYM LIVE Events, which kick off in Atlanta Feb. 19 and continue through San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Raleigh, D.C., New York, Dallas, Denver and Houston this year.

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PYM LIVE sparks discussions, solutions, new ideas.

We don't just show you a slideshow of 60 new ideas in 60 minutes ... you walk away with a very rich basket of experiences and resources as well as the knowledge of how to apply them to your work.

Hotel, food and transportation costs continue to escalate but corporate budgets haven't kept pace. That makes life difficult for meeting and event planners. In addition to being budget-savvy, planners also are challenged to integrate more technology into their events and engage an audience that's permanently paying only partial attention. That's why PYM LIVE Events exist: to deliver top-notch education that's relevant and immediately applicable, connect them to local and national vendors, and give them the opportunity to test-drive new technology and formats — all within a few hours.

"If you talk to the typical meeting planner, they'll tell you that they often don't have time to take a lunch break; some say they can't even leave their desk to pee," says Plan Your Meetings' VP of Creative Kristi Casey Sanders. "That's why we focus on baking educational opportunities into the very fabric of our event design. We don't just show you a slideshow of 60 new ideas in 60 minutes, you experience a series of experiments with technology, formats and audience engagement that begins when you receive that first invitation, continues at the event and lasts long afterwards. You might come for the opportunity to gain 1.5 CMP-IS clock hours in risk management and meeting/event design or to meet 30 hotel/destination reps, but you walk away with a very rich basket of experiences and resources as well as the knowledge of how to apply them to your work."

2014 PYM LIVE Events kick off in Atlanta on Feb. 19 at the Fox Theatre. Subsequent events will take place in San Francisco; Chicago; Austin, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; New York; Dallas; Denver; and Houston. For the full calendar of events, visit



During the recession of the early 1990s, hoteliers in Atlanta noticed something peculiar: Companies were eliminating their meetings departments, but the meetings were still taking place. Hotel and CVB representatives needed to get in front of those untitled meeting planners, but had no easy way of doing so. In 1993, a consortium of five Atlanta hotels approached Tom Casey, former Atlanta Magazine publisher and then-owner of WHERE Atlanta, with the idea to start a niche publication for the administrative and marketing professionals who were planning corporate meetings and events. Since its launch in 1995, Plan Your Meetings has evolved from a regional publication to a digital media channel that produces daily educational and social content online, an augmented reality-enhanced annual publication, frequent G+ Hangouts and webinars, and nearly a dozen live events across the country.

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