If you didn’t have an opportunity to
read the last sandbox article, just close
your eyes and think back to your child-
hood. Think back to the playground and
the many lessons you learned about how
to successfully communicate and interact
with others. Those times on the courts,
jumping rope, taking turns on the slide
and, yes, playing in the sandbox can teach
us much about how to build strong busi-
ness and team relationships.
Let’s take a lesson from one of my
twins. When it came to the sandbox he
was masterful. I saw the wheels in his
LAS T MON TH WE WERE IN THE SANDBOX
with the corporate planner. This month
we are playing with the event supplier.
Suppliers are an integral part of the meeting industry. Successful events would not
take place without positive supplier relationships.
BY HEATHER HANSEN O’NEILL
Heather is an award-winning speaker, author and connection expert helping
associations and companies create better leaders and more cohesive teams.
She’s also former VP of education for the MPI WestField Chapter.
Contact her at
There are times to network and let people know what you
do, but the real relationships are built in how you give.
THE EVENT SUPPLIER