This year, the executive committee of ProVisor’s Chicago Central decided to add a visual element to our meetings. This has helped us create more of an engaging, visual interaction for our members and out-of-town guests.

Here’s how you can get the file and start using it for your meetings.

1) Get the file

Go to this form to access the .key and .pptx versions of the presentation. After entering your information you will be emailed a copy of the file with instructions.

2) Update any text

Go through the presentation and update the home screen, the mantra, the agenda, your executive team, and more. …


Another impactful and inspiring evening is in the books with our extended UpLevel family of food tour operators. Tonight, we were lucky to host Dalton Barton, owner of Clear Sky Tourism, as our featured guest. Dalton is a tour marketing expert (and an ambitious triathlete!) who brought some incredible insight to the table.

This evening, we focused on specific struggles facing food tours as we begin to see a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. …


Every 6-Week Cycle, the team of employees and contractors each get to choose where to donate company money.

During this past 6-Week Cycle, everyone working with Martin Creative received a $100 gift card with the expressed instructions to give it away. Whether our colleagues chose to give it to an established charity or nonprofit, to a friend’s Kickstarter or GoFundMe campaign, or a local community organization, we wanted everyone to use this resource to help the cause that’s nearest to their hearts.

Corporate giving is a fantastic way for companies to engage in their communities, but so often, the people who work with those companies don’t necessarily feel those charitable initiatives totally reflect the causes they care most…


Another fantastic meeting of the minds is in the books! We’re so glad so many of our UpLevel family were able to join us for this month’s Town Hall. Tonight was a casual affair — no speakers, no heavy B2B discussion topics. Instead, we wanted to hear from you, and garner some of the wisdom you’ve gained having made it through our industry’s toughest year. Our family of tour operators was enthusiastic, hopeful, and most of all, motivated to make the most of 2021.

Here are some of the shiniest pearls of wisdom gleaned from our tour operators tonight:

Don’t be afraid to take a chance.

While…


Welcome to the recap of tonight’s first UpLevel Tourism Town Hall of 2021. If you were able to make it, we’re so glad you could participate. We hope you found our speakers enlightening, and the opportunity to network with your colleagues and peers helpful.

If you missed the our Town Hall, not to worry. Read on for an overview of the evening’s topics, some big take-aways, and information about how you can stay connected to your markets in these unique times.

Our featured speakers tonight were small business advisor, Dave LeVeque; and social media expert, Sani Nielsen. Our topics ranged…


They say people don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad managers. And a lot of us could empathize with this — seeing our own boss in Bill Lumbergh, the passive-aggressive cubicle stalker in Office Space. But now, the rise of remote work environments have created new ways to be a shit.

So, for managers who want to demoralize hardworking, well-intentioned employees, this list is for you. It will help you find new ways to mistreat your staff, knowing they can’t leave because, well…what would they do without the health insurance you lord over them?

Most importantly, you’ll learn new tactics…


Learn more about 6-Week Cycles at https://6weekcycles.com

You’ll receive one email per day, with small steps, to start working in 6-Week Cycles.

Working from home is here to stay. With that, we need to start looking at how we can be most productive, not just sitting in front of a computer from 9–5 and saying, “well that was pointless.”

This virtual coach will equip you with the tools you need to start getting more control over your day. You’ll receive one short email every morning. These are NOT giant emails, they’re designed to be read, absorbed, and deleted.

And by the end of six weeks — this will have permanently changed how you work.

I’ve built this program because I believe incredible…


Including Community Effort of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Person of the Year — here is a list of some of the best things 2020 had to offer.

10) Ad of the year

Match.com’s Satan Commercial

Imaginative, well-done, great story. Just…everything we love in an ad.

9) App of the year


There’s this scene in Elf when Santa arrives back at his workshop. He just finished delivering all presents, the elves are celebrating; he steps in and says,

“Alright, alright. We’ve had another very successful year. So, after all that hard work, it’s time to start preparations for next Christmas.” — Santa

Ed Asner as Santa Claus in Elf (2003)

And how many times have people felt this?

You work your butt off.
Do great work.
Finish everything on time.
And your reward — more work.

In this scene, Santa couldn’t have been gone more than a full day. And already, ALREADY! Returning to his workforce, stepping in to…


For many tour companies, the holidays can be one of the busiest times of the year. This year, as we all know, is a little bit different. Some businesses are booming right now while others are struggling. Some have taken completely new directions, like offering foodie boxes. No matter what position your company is in, a common issue many of our tour partners face is in finding effective ways to communicate with their audience about what they’re doing.

Right now, our tour company partners are asking a lot of the same questions: How can we use our email list to…

Joe Martin

Entrepreneur, author, and TEDx Speaker who believes real world interactions are more valuable than digital ones.

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