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The San Francisco International Airport Serves AMA San Francisco

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is one of the busiest airports in the United States: more than fifty million passengers make their way through its gates each year. SFO is in an optimal location for visits to the West Coast and those visiting the AMA San Francisco Executive Conference Center. It’s also convenient for flights to and from Asia, and an ideal departure airport for mainland Americans traveling to the Hawaiian Islands.

Top Leadership TED Talks To Listen To During Your Work Commute

TED Talks have given professionals around the world the opportunity to ascertain knowledge from a wide variety of people, all of whom have "ideas worth spreading." These talks are short, accessible, and offer great insight into a variety of topics, particularly for busy leaders looking to expand their skill set. Here are a few of our favorite leadership TED Talks that are perfect for morning and afternoon commutes!

Fabulous Times Square is the Heart of New York City

If you find yourself in New York’s Times Square for a meeting at the AMA Executive Center, you are in luck. It is a bevy of excitement and a neon world of energy. The streets teem with crowds representing nations from all over the world. It is an irresistible hub of interesting venues and activities. Here are a few must-see Times Square destinations.

Tips to Help You Manage Your Remote Team

The internet is such an important and useful tool that many businesses are quickly learning to use it to their full advantage. One thing that has emerged recently is hiring remote workers, or employees who collaborate online with other team members who are in other cities or countries. It allows businesses to hire talent from all around the world, save travel costs, and offer employees a more flexible work schedule. These are our top tips for managing a remote team:

Four Favorite Museums In AMA Conference Center Cities

The opportunity to explore and enjoy a wide range of visual arts – from traditional media to contemporary approaches – is one of the best parts of traveling and visiting different cities. For example, Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C. , in addition to hosting our AMA Executive Conference Centers, also are four of the country’s prized cultural epicenters, offering an abundance of artistic experiences. We’ve narrowed the cultural cornucopias for each to present you with our team’s favorite museum in each city that is a must-see when you’re in town.

Menus for Meetings: Four Trends to Watch in 2020

Food trends are undoubtedly a focal part of our culture, and they are key to meeting the needs of customers across every industry. As we enter a new decade in 2020, we can expect to see many such trends that will cause shifts for meeting planners as they strive to support their clients' needs.

Ahhh…The Benefits of Relaxation!

Stress is a fact of life in the modern-day workplace. Although some stress may encourage growth and development and may challenge employees to perform to the best of their abilities, constant stress can have a very negative effect on a person's health. There are quite a few conditions that have a strong link to stress, such as heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, depression, and headaches. It's important to build rest and relaxation into our lives and patterns – not just on National Relaxation Day, but every day.

How to Incorporate Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year Into Your Meeting

Recently, Pantone announced Classic Blue as its 2020 Color of the Year. Here are ways meeting and conference planners can incorporate Classic Blue into their meetings and events!

Planning Steps To Move Your 2020 Meeting Forward

‘Big picture’ is the most important thing to consider first – that includes details such as agenda, venue, speakers, food, setup and time of day. We’ve seen that a meeting that is ill-planned will not only impact the planner, but it also negatively influences the goal and purpose of the meeting. Agendas must have a purpose and flow, speakers must impress the attendees, and food must be plentiful and items that the guests enjoy. When essential elements go wrong your meeting can take a fast lane to unproductive-town. Below are a few suggestions from our team on how you can plan for your meeting’s essential elements to go right!

12 Top Rinks To Visit in 4 AMA Center Cities This December

We've chosen top ice-skating rinks in each of our AMA Executive Conference Center cities to help you take full advantage of the next visit. You can always find an hour or two to do some ice-skating, can't you?

Three Ways to Manage Your Stress During the Holidays

Holidays are made fun with lively music and decor, opportunities to visit friends and families, and, of course, time off from work. But let’s face it, winter holidays can also be extremely stressful, more than any other time of year.

So how can you take charge of your workday and ease the pressure of this time of year? Here are a few strategies to help you enjoy the year right up to the end, frazzle-free.

Getting Your Team Back On Track After The Holidays

It’s not easy to come back to work motivated after a fun season of holiday cheer, short weeks, and festive distractions. Suddenly workdays seem longer and Friday is so far away. Your team is probably in a slump now that the holiday parties and Secret Santas are gone until next year, so you’ll want to do your part to fight away those post-holiday blues. Consider these 5 tips to get your staff motivated in the new year:

Making The Task of Decision-Making Easier

As soon as we're old enough to understand what options are, we're faced with the tasks of making decisions. At any age decisions can seem like the most daunting exercise. We're sharing education in three areas that can help you to make the task of decision-making easier.

3 TED Talks on Goal Setting and Achievement

It seems we've been doing things all wrong. When setting goals, we've been molded into focusing on the goal, gaining rewards for good behavior. No matter what the goal is we're trying to attain, it seems to be a universal model we've adapted; focus, carrots, sticks. While this approach may work in a couple different scenarios, in the overall scheme of things, they don't work at all. The whole point of setting a goal is to achieve results. The following TED Talks give insight to unique perspectives on just how to do so.

Top Travel Tips For Work Travel During Holiday Months

Traveling during the holiday months is stressful no matter what your destination. When traveling for work, you may feel extra pressure to meet project deadlines in addition to attending countless meetings and conferences. While work travel doesn’t stop for the holidays, there are ways to make it more bearable with careful planning and by taking steps to remain healthy. Here are 3 top travel tips for work travel during the holiday months:

Insightful TED Talks on Decision Making

We make decisions every day. From the clothes we put on in the morning to the side of the bed we crawl into at night, our days are fraught with decisions. Sometimes, making a choice can be simple, for example, choosing which shoes to wear. Other decisions can be much more complex and daunting.

Great Reasons for Being Thankful This Season

November is the month of Thanksgiving; that time of the year when we gather with friends and family to ritually offer thanks and appreciation to individuals (current or past) who have brought some sort of blessing into our lives.

5 Art Galleries In DC To Add To Your Bucket List

If you’re looking for interesting locations in Washington DC that will inspire and educate, then art galleries are an option well worth considering. In the DC area, just minutes from our AMA Executive Conference Center, there are a number of excellent options to choose from. DC is an area rich with galleries, museums, historical landmarks, and many other fine cultural establishments. With so much to see, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss any of the very best. Here are 5 art galleries in the DC area that fall into our ‘amazing destinations’ and experiences you don’t want to miss.

Surviving The Busy Holiday Season By Being Organized

As the holidays approach, so too do those end-of-the-year meetings and holiday events. But as much as it’s a celebratory period, it’s also a season where your time as a planner is limited.

Build A Better Team With These Interview Tips Shared By TED Talks

Compelling interviews are the best in exposing the strengths, weaknesses, and potential red flags of an interviewee. They are key before a company decides whether the interviewee is the best fit for them. Conducting a thorough interview will help you verify the skills of the interviewee which you have only seen on paper. These TED Talks will give you a clue on how to handle an interview, which is essential in the hiring process.