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The Groups Today Blog includes unique personal perspectives on a multitude of topics relevant to group travel industry leaders, business owners and planners.

As a tour guide, it's important to make each and every one of your guests feel special. Focusing on only your high-maintenance travelers could alienate the rest of your group. Encouraging your more introverted guests to be the life of the party may make them feel uncomfortable. Joan Keddell, Executive Vice President/CFO for International Tour Management Institute and President of SilverLining Cruises & Tours, suggests five important tips to help make all of your tour guests feel valued.

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We are all overextended, overscheduled, tired and just plain ... stressed out! Michelle Steffes, Certified Coach/Business Consultant/Speaker/Trainer at IPV Consulting, can help. She has identified six key factors that should help you avoid burnout. For those of us looking for ways to repair the burnout we've already endured, she has us covered, too.

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Last November, I took my first "real" girls' trip since having kids. Sure, I'd gone on a few weekend getaways, but the destinations were always within a two to three-hour drive. This time, my friend announced that for her 40th birthday she'd be planning something bigger and more fun! After a few hundred group texts were exchanged—including destination ideas, movie clips from Bridesmaids and messages taunting those who were on the fence—it was game on. We were heading to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun.

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We've all heard the old adage: "Nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute." But should it really read, "Nothing makes a person more 'creative' than the last minute"? My husband sure thinks so, and apparently he is not alone. Here are five things I have learned about "pro" and "pre" crastinators:

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Are your group travelers interested in turning back the clock 400 years? Might they imagine themselves a Lord or Lady from the Medieval times? Do you think they have a hankering for a turkey leg? If so, you might introduce them to the Renaissance Faire circuit!

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