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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meeting and Event Planning, 2nd Edition by Robin E. Craven, Lynn Johnson Golabowski

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Part 2
First Things First
Okay, so you’re ready to start planning. Before you can get into the details, however, you need a timeline, a budget, and a request for proposal (RFP) to distribute to potential meeting facilities.
Once that’s out of the way, you can begin negotiations with vendors, and then you will be expected to sign a contract. Whoa! But are you ready? Especially with hotel contracts, where there are tons of things you need to know and understand. Don’t worry, we’ve got the scoop on hotel contracts from one of the leading meeting-industry attorneys. He is a guest author and is here to share tips you need to have and to hold to stay out of trouble. (Thank heaven for lawyers!)
Will exhibits be part of your next meeting? Are exhibits ...

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