August 2018

Imprisoned by PowerPoint: A Foolproof Escape Plan in Five Steps

What makes a tool useful is the way you use it. Here's a five-step plan that will unlock your message and create the kind of dialogue you really want.

How to Avoid Coaching Failure… More Lessons from the Soccer Field

Good coaching should not be an exercise re-iterating the destination or merely ramping up urgency. It should be about improving a person’s ability to do their job - and a whole lot more.

In search of authentic travel experiences

Didier Scaillet, chief executive officer of the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has worked for more than 25 years in the travel industry — 18 of those in executive positions with Meeting Professionals International (MPI). We caught up with him on holiday recently between hikes in the French Alps to discuss trends in the incentive travel industry. Chief among them is desire from participants to go beyond luxury and have a true lifetime experience.

Top Performers - September/October 2018

It stands to reason that recognized employees are happy employees. Writing for, William Craig, founder and president of WebFX, an internet marketing company, says it’s also important to note that appreciative leaders are appreciated leaders.

Holiday business gifts

There are numerous reasons to give business gifts and many groups to give them to. Gifts for clients keep you top of mind and help cement relationships.
Gifts for employees express appreciation and engender loyalty. Gifts for channel partners can pave the way for continued success.

It’s not your CEO’s vacation

If it’s getting difficult for your incentive travel program participants to distinguish one trip from another, it’s time to freshen things up. “Tips to Improve an Incentive Travel Program,” a new eBook from the team at Brightspot Incentives & Events (, is designed to help planners elevate existing programs. Here are some highlights.

Stay on top of incentive travel trends

Successful incentive travel programs are the result of planning far in advance, incorporating the most important trends into the event, and maybe even throwing in some emerging trends. Here are some notable trends to keep in mind as you develop your next incentive travel program.

Avoid these common incentive travel mistakes

Mistakes can be costly, especially if you’re planning an incentive travel program in-house. This list of common mistakes, created by Gavel International, a meetings and incentive management company, can prevent a lot of headaches.

The unmatched allure of incentive travel

For nearly as long as sales itself has existed, there have been incentive travel programs. Rewarding top salespeople with a group experience at a world-class resort in an exotic locale has proven to be an effective means of driving results.

Maximizing your incentive spend

This month, Lift takes a Q&A approach to reflect some recent, real-world conversations about incentive budgets.
The foremost budget issue is this: incentives are self-funding. Incentives are not an expense. If they look like an expense, sharpen your pencil, measure them properly, and build a compelling ROI.


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