Like it or not, there comes a time in the career of almost every planner when you have to deal with the noisy neighbor issues stemming from a group placed in the meeting space next to yours. No matter the size of your own group - big, small or in-between - it happens, and whether your group is the recipient or the instigator of noise, the problem can present challenges. In a perfect world, all air walls dividing ballrooms would be strong enough to cancel out noise factors, but we all know that’s not realistic. The actual truth is that even newer hotels sometimes cut expenses by utilizing shabby partitions leaving sales managers scratching their heads when it comes to client complaints about noise factors. What can be done? Here are a few tips compiled by polling some experienced planners, many who have learned ‘the hard way’.