From order takers to trusted advisors: How to make your in-house event team more valuable to your clients.
Advice and tips for your own career advancement and personal development.
This is a letter I’ve wanted to write to you, but never have gotten around to doing. Now that I’ve written it, I might not send it. I’m not very visible to you for most of the year; you only see me at the annual meeting and perhaps a couple of quarterly meetings. I’m a meeting professional with your trade association, working year-round to ensure that your time and monetary investment in being a member pays off for you.
Here, we explore five tips for speaking confidently and persuasively with undecided stakeholders to help you realize your vision.
The top six platform-agnostic apps for meeting and event professionals.
There remains a litany of opportunities for meeting and event professionals to receive education and valuable networking throughout the duration of this year.
It’s easy to get entangled with the logistics of the daily grind and the meeting industry can be a fickle mistress when it comes to career moves. There aren’t a lot of such options, but the good news is that there are more than you think.
Third-party procurement models have been popular in Europe for some time and are now appearing increasingly in North America. Here are some tips to avoid the associated pitfalls.
All the cool kids jump ship from a social media platform once it gets too mainstream or too corporatized. Friendster > MySpace > Facebook > Twitter > Tumblr > Snapchat, and on and on… As a result, investing too much time and resources into developing your presence on such sites can turn into a gut […]
There’s a good reason why conflict and collaboration go hand in hand. Always agreeing might be your default when you lack confidence in your idea and want to save face, however, it functions more as a one-way street to boring town. How can innovative ideas find their feet when there’s only room for same-same? For […]
The meeting industry is one of the most metric-driven sectors ever–and that can have powerful implications for your career.
Can the results that have been generated through business-to-consumer marketing (B2C) be replicated when marketing to businesses? The answer to this question is far more complex than anticipated: It depends.
Building buy-in and more importantly, meeting the expectations of your stakeholders is an extremely delicate balancing act.
In November, the Corinthia Hotel London welcomed Dr. Tara Swart for a world-first, yearlong term as neuroscientist in residence.
Pay it forward for the best holiday gift ever. Regardless of your tenure or title you’ve already invested a great deal of time and energy into becoming an industry professional—and now is the time to give back.
Along with the thanks given around the dinner table, wouldn’t this be a good time to send out a note of thanksgiving to your mentor?
You should mindfully list people that provide a full-spectrum, in-depth assessment in broad brush strokes of who you are, how you operate, what you do and how you do it.
Top ‘harmless’ résumé lies that can cause big-time hurt–and how to address them.
From planner-supplier relationships, AV management and safety, here are more industry challenges and solutions.
Failure is not something we are taught to embrace. It’s something that we have to deal with because this is life, and life is full of failures. But what smart careerists do to handle failure is something akin to taking hay and spinning it into gold.
With IMEX America coming up (Oct. 18-20), meeting planners that have participated in the event’s hosted buyer programs share best practices and other essential advice so you can make the most of your time there.
New U.S. overtime rules may cost meeting professionals, corporate attendees and exhibiting companies more money to have a presence at events held over holidays and weekends.
If you want to get meeting planners and other event industry professionals worked up about a topic, bring up Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Controversy can arise whether one is using a highly structured, formal process or sending out a simple email request.
To keep the RFP process ethical and hassle free, here are some land mines to avoid.
A cover letter should emotionally connect the reader to your experience in a way that shows why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
Successful fundraising is all about connections—connecting donors with the mission; sharing stories about how donors’ gifts directly impact the mission. Successful organizations share stories about their needs, the benefits and an example of how donations make a difference in fulfilling the mission. The really savvy fundraisers will follow up with key stakeholders as to the direct impact their gifts provided to the organization. We featured our stories in our thank you letters.
Hosting or attending a business dinner may be fairly simple in your own county, but one overseas could be a different story. Unfamiliar surroundings mixed with cultural differences can lead to simple misunderstandings that can easily offend or upset, and ultimately diminish business relationships. But with a bit of homework avoiding offending your dinner guests when traveling on business needn’t be difficult.
It is no secret that while the meeting and event industry is a female-dominated profession, senior positions still tend to go to males. Keynote speakers, judges and panelists also tend to be male…white male. While the issue of male/female diversity has been explored from time to time, we tiptoe around the issue of racial diversity […]
The rules of association engagement are changing. If you want your local chapter to thrive, think about decentralizing control. Associations large and small find it increasingly difficult to get members to make the long-term commitments traditional chapter leadership positions require.
Tips to keep your LinkedIn profile optimized and easy to find.
Did you realize there are 33 essential skills you must master to be an efficient and effective event organizer? Here’s a preview of PYM’s newest educational series.
A résumé reboot means keeping your document current, whether you are actively looking or not. Résumés are vibrant, active documents that keep you on track to your career destination. Here are some immediate things you can do to keep your document up to date and forward-facing.
Planners asking speakers to present at an event–for free–is nothing new in the industry, but the topic is getting more consideration as of late. In those discussions, some common threads are emerging, but it is clear that the industry is divided on this issue. Here are some scenarios and ideas that you may have encountered and how best to manage them.
While there are many talented event organizers out there, fewer are comfortable with the tools available that make it possible to become a thought leader and to build a personal professional brand that employers and clients will be attracted to. Here are three ways to help them do just that via LinkedIn.
How would your career and life be if you had the ability to tackle problems and challenges as they arise? What would it feel like to engage in conceptual thinking whenever you wanted or needed to? What if you had a sense of control and ease about each day? If all these components were a part of your life, you would be living in “real time.”
What would it be like if you could recharge yourself like a rechargeable battery? What if you could have that old zip and zest, or a twinkle in your eye when you came into work? What if you could have the stamina to put in a full workday but still leave with lots of energy?
Last month, I spoke to the MPI Philadelphia Area Chapter’s Educational Institute, and one of the recurring themes that I heard during that presentation and in follow-up discussions is that a whole lot of meeting professionals feel stuck in their careers. Sometimes, there simply isn’t anywhere to go up; other times, BossZilla is standing in […]
As an industry, we are in charge of planning professional development for others. But when it comes to our own professional development, many meeting industry professionals don’t understand the application to their own careers.
If spring cleaning seems like too big a task for you, maybe it’s time to adopt some new strategies to the annual ritual.
There are many joys to living with a meeting planner—and some oddities. In living with a meeting planner, here are some of the things I’ve learned as well as some of the things I’ve learned to avoid.
Everything you do to market your event follows from knowing your audience. Your customers are your audience and today you need to know who they are in much deeper ways than ever before. It is important to reach them in the right places at the right times in the right ways to convince them to attend your event.
Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) is your best career buddy because it provides quantifiable, clear progress to goals, and everyone should realize that in order to know how much you are worth, you have to know the value you have provided to the organization.
Whether you are just starting out in the industry and have much to learn, or you have been in the game for years and need to hone your skills, there are many resources readily available for those willing to learn. Some require an investment of time and/or money, while others are complimentary and take just a few moments. Advanced education keeps you sharp and increases your marketability.
Event planners are industry leaders and should present themselves as such. They should convey warmth and competence. We want our clients to trust us and our suppliers to respect us. And we have to do it in a blink of an eye.
I recently attended the first-ever sedentary behavior and health conference at the University of Illinois. Let’s try to demystify the “science of sitting.”
If you’re like me, you’re just starting to surface from that sugar-induced holiday coma you enjoyed last month and wondering where to focus your attention.
I can say with confidence that I’m an effective leader. How do I know? I do the opposite of what my bosses did to made me miserable.
Not sure if you have your work-life balance all under control? Here are 8 signs that your work-life balance is looking good
It’s a challenge almost every event and meeting planner faces as one year ticks toward another. To help, here are 10 ways to drum up business for 2016.
This year, why not commit to working with one charity and using your skills to change the world?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer where stress control is involved, but there are plenty of warning signs and ways to respond.
Do you have what it takes to plan a mega-event? Want to learn how the pros do it? Go behind the scenes of the Consumer Electronics Show with MPI’s Experiential Event series and you’ll gain 11 hours of hands-on training and a certificate in Experiential Marketing with an emphasis on trade show management.
Here are a few exercises you can do right where you are. They’ll help keep your energy even and your muscles relaxed.
No one else will track the value of your progress in continuing education, so let the world know you’re more valuable now than ever before.
Getting enough sleep is key to having enough energy to successfully get through your workday. Dream about that as you drift toward your weekend.
More people are enslaved now than during any other time in human history. Hospitality leaders are uniquely positioned to stop human trafficking. Here are some ways Atlanta industry leaders discovered.
By focusing on quality leads, the time and money you invested in the trade show will pay off with new business.
We can do a better job if we “clear the mechanism.” We should resolve small issues that might otherwise, even in the most miniscule way, impair our performance.
There are many reasons people need office space at home these days. In every case that means being professional and serious about your surroundings.
True leisure — when you get to enjoy rewarding activities free from work and preoccupation with work — is vital.
It’s official. You’ve just landed a great gig as a meeting planner. Your first. Congratulations. You’re going to learn a lot …
Adroitly handling personal matters frees you up to be more effective on the job.
Traveling can refresh the mind, recharge the soul and open up our creative energies.
Our experts identify the most common sources of stress and provide solid advice for managing it. Honest.
According to CareerCast.com’s 2015 ranking, meeting planners have one of the most stressful jobs in the workforce, right along with firefighters, police officers, military personnel and airplane pilots.
Many people use the summer to polish their resumes and set their sights on new career opportunities, so here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, the key to a comfortable trip is to pack the right gear, from chargers to hand wipes.
That tiny piece of networking gold speaks volumes about your professionalism and respect for potential colleagues.