Entry #2: 3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Meetings

If you’re a Small Business in the middle of this economy, you know you’ve got to have meetings to get new business, but you also know that meetings—online meetings, meetings at yours, (and worse on your budget) meetings at theirs—cost money.  You’ve got to book hotel rooms for your team, organize travel, all kinds of expenses…

So here are 3 tips you can use to save some money:

  • In-House Catering.  Purchasing a strong catering program from the hotel will save you money in other ways: reduce or eliminate soft dollar fees like meeting room rental, parking, internet charges; and secure value-added benefits like upgrades or even complimentary rooms.  So not only will a catering deal save you time & planning, but it could lead to savings in other places—and it’ll always make a good impression on your attendees!
  • Book the Right Time.  Hotels love the check-in and -out patterns of a Sunday through Wednesday or Thursday (or vice-versa). The weekend pattern will always be where you can drive the better deal (in fact, some hotels won’t even book your group out of pattern unless it’s very short-term business).
  • Check Out the Competition.  Always check with every hotel in the area for availability—somebody needs your business more than the rest and that’s where you can really negotiate a bargain!

Good luck out there,
Mark Anderson, CTE, STP
Senior Vice President, GetMtgs
253 Chamberlain Drive
Lake Alfred,  FL 33850
Tel:  (863) 956-8088
Fax:  (863) 956-8003
Cell:  (863) 521-1699
Toll Free:  (877) GET-MTGS


About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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