Strategic meetings management (SMM) is, without a doubt, important, yet too often internal clients and stakeholders hinder SMM implementation.
Advice and tips for your own career advancement and personal development.
There is an incredible supply of scholarships to be had thanks to generous donations from your planner peers, industry suppliers and professional associations.
Building buy-in and more importantly, meeting the expectations of your stakeholders is an extremely delicate balancing act.
The brand new digital-only Plan Your Meetings Professional Development Guide, we’ve compiled extensive resources for growth in your career, with an emphasis on free or low-cost opportunities.
Degree vs. certification–what’s best for you?
Advice for third-party planners as hotel chains cut commission rates.
April 12, 2018, is Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), a dedicated date to focus on and promote the meeting and event industry and enhance your planning skills through free or low-cost professional education.
Accelerate your career and professional development by learning to stretch your thought leadership skills.
From order takers to trusted advisors: How to make your in-house event team more valuable to your clients.
Here, we explore five tips for speaking confidently and persuasively with undecided stakeholders to help you realize your vision.
Establishing your core values sets the expectation for your tribe. Your values hold no value until they become more than words. It’s up to you, as a leader, to make that happen for everyone—employees, regular customers and even yourself.
Sometimes just doing a good job isn’t good enough. If there’s one lesson meeting planners have learned in recent years, it’s that putting together a meeting or an event can have a positive or negative impact on the client’s organization, its employees and the surrounding community. By staying focused on designing the meeting to […]
Many busy meeting professionals may work more in exchange for less sleep, but doing so is dangerous gamble.
There’s a great deal of free content online from industry publications and blogs—even more if you venture onto the offerings shared via social media. Following is a bookmark-worthy page for no-cost industry media online and in print.
New travel advisory system launched for U.S. travelers
Two excellent sources for online professional development that provides continuing education credits and/or specialized certification.
Free education and events as well as scholarships and more are some of the real options for professional growth in the latest issue of Plan Your Meetings!
If you’re growing your professional education while on a budget, hosted-buyer programs may be just the kind of initiative you need.
When a recruiter comes knocking, this is the time to at least open your mind to new possibilities—even if you don’t plan on leaving your current position.
Re-evaluating two industry practices: asking for RFPs with detailed creative briefs and asking speakers and trainers to work for free “to gain exposure.”
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.
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. Positive conflict can be a productive way to prod your team to discover innovative […]
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.
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?
Discriminatory laws & meetings – As with many things in our industry, it will continue to rear its ugly head in various forms.
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.
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.
Follow-up is one of the most important aspects of event design, but it’s also the most neglected areas of corporate event planning. Here are 11 steps you can take to achieve measurable ROI.
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?