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Debi Scholar
T&E consultant on airlines, hotels, meetings, events, entertainment, tickets, incentives and restaurants
Interests: travel, process improvement, airlines, training and development, entertainment, hotels, risk mitigation, ground transportation, strategic meetings management programs (smmp) and meetings architecture, t&e cost reduction, resources and staffing, t&e/procurement cards, tickets and entertainment, online booking tools, meeting management tools
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“Debi, do you realize that many people don’t want to come to your country…that is why virtual meetings demand will increase” is the message I heard three weeks ago during a conference call with a Supplier with attendees from U.K.,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at T&E Plus
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Let's propel the Mobile Meeting Application to be the primary attendee registration platform and integrate the data with our SMM Technology so that we drive 100% adoption to use the mobile meeting application and the data transferred into the attendee... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at T&E Plus
Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) delivers propelling results for corporations and associations such as greater access to skilled resources to improve meeting experiences, further ability to secure a “seat at the table” with C-level leaders, and better supplier pricing with reduced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at T&E Plus
Achieve SMM success with Pioneers and original SMM Thought Leaders Kevin Iwomoto and Debi Scholar. Get advice, bring your challenges, and opportunity to win 1 of 4 books! – no challenge too big! SMM Webinar Registration Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at T&E Plus
“Young children of mixed races play cricket…one hands me a bat and giggles at the way I hold it…” Yummy recipes (my favorite..Spinach and Tangerine Soup from Lesotho!), provoking pictures, sincere stories, and tough terrain … plus more in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at T&E Plus
A public, and HUGE THANK YOU to Ann Rebentisch, CMP, CMM, Founder of the LinkedIn CMM Group. (Certificate in Meetings Management). With her leadership to encourage many CMMs to come forward, and with the support of the Meetings Media, we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at T&E Plus
Have you integrated virtual / digital meetings into your meetings and events yet? If your answer is no, it is probably because: Your organization’s culture does not embrace virtual / hybrid meetings yet It does not fall under your area... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at T&E Plus
Bravo for Brilliant education coming up at the Global Business Travel Association Convention starting on Sunday, August 4 in San Diego. Are you interested in Risk Based Service Level Agreements? On Tuesday, August 6 at 9:00 a.m., I will be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at T&E Plus
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President John F. Kennedy said, "There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." Isn't that the truth? Do you believe it is far better... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at T&E Plus
Great post and congratulations to Brian!
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In the last blog post, I talked about the 3 books that were on my hard drive. A few more edits and they will become a reality! I expect by end of May. "Your SMM Toolkit" Book is currently at... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at T&E Plus
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Three years ago, I had a conversation with a meetings supplier who was interested in offering Strategic Meetings Management Services. He asked, "Don't we just have to install a meetings management technology system and then we are finished?" I put... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at T&E Plus
In high profile meeting environments where the tools need to match the egos and the expectations, the iPad has captured the audience not only because of its fashionable sophistication, but also because of its practicality. With four generations in our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at T&E Plus
Excel – a meeting planner's essential tool, but is it? We send out meeting invitations through email, copy the responses into Excel, sort the list of registered names, pair up the shared rooms, categorize by selected activities, and filter the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at T&E Plus
Even with the economic forecast in recovery and spend appears to be accelerating, organizations are still cost-conscious on their meeting and event expenses so much so that three clients have asked me recently for a recipe of my secret savings... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at T&E Plus
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Does the thought of pricing meeting management services intimidate you? If you are like most meeting or travel leaders, it does. And, why not, because there are multiple ways to price meeting and event services. I'm holding an educational webinar... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at T&E Plus
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Do you want to save time, be more productive, and get that darn Meeting Policy written now? What should go into your meeting policy? How much will your Organization SAVE if people follow the policy? What is your project plan... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at T&E Plus
If you're a regular reader, you know I love Virtual Meetings and started the PwC Virtual Meetings Department in 2002 – 11 years ago. Considering technology advancements and timelines, 11 years ago is like the era of using horse and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at T&E Plus
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I really try to be patient...but it has been 385 days since I've been able to change my LinkedIn profile due to some glitch in their system that LinkedIn Technical Support can't figure out. My plea..."Please techies, get this fixed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at T&E Plus
Goodness sakes, do we love our acronyms or what? Are you a Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY) or do you hire contracted help? In our business environment, many managers are roll-up-your sleeves, working managers who need to quickly learn how to do things... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at T&E Plus
Please find copies of our Newsletter linked here. Be sure to sign up for our webinar next week. Here are the details: Next Level in Contracting: Crafting Risk Based Service Level Agreements February 20 at 12:00 PM EST. You're in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at T&E Plus
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Corporate Credit Cards, Procurement Cards, Meeting Cards and Ghost Cards have become a common payment method in the travel and meeting industry. And, rightly so, because paying for products or services via a Card vs. the traditional Accounts Payable method... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at T&E Plus
Conducting research to be released in the next few months about meetings and events! Please take about 10 minutes to answer the survey which CLOSES on January 29, 2013. Thank you! http://srv5.survey.com/cgi-bin/dsta.pl?part=1&lin=2 Debi Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at T&E Plus
Squeak, squeak, the distinct sound of whistling, and the whine of unoiled wheels moving closer and closer and closer - the catering cart is being pushed through the hundreds of attendees in the hotel meeting room, slightly smaller than comfortable.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at T&E Plus
As more and more companies, especially those with fairly mature strategic meetings management (SMM) programs in the US, aim to leverage the benefits of SMM worldwide, they quickly learn that the process comes down to just a two basic questions:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at T&E Plus