Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Plan Your Meetings Professional Development Guide!
Exploring the meeting and event industry publications landscape, we recognized the need for something more like a career resource than a newsy magazine. While the better industry publications absolutely provide valuable content that can be useful in your business life, any attempt at a one-stop-shop for professional development information appeared to be elusive at best.
With the 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.
- Scholarships for planners as well as students in the industry to attend conferences in multiple countries, attain professional designations (such as the CMP and CMM), help defray the costs associated with college programs and more. You’ll also find a testimonial from a peer who attended MPI’s World Education Congress thanks to a scholarship.
- Free and affordable online professional development courses are out there, if you know where to look. Not only can you find info about free Plan Your Meetings webinars here, but the MPI Academy has generously allowed us to build into this edition its “Art of the Deal: Strategic Hotel & Contract Negotiations” webinar—for free!
- Most meeting and event industry print publications can be had for no cost—you just need to know how to get them. Here, you’ll learn for which publications you can receive a complimentary subscription—and, for those not available freely in print, where you can find much of that material at no cost. With the magazines, blogs and podcasts, you’ll have plenty of free fodder to help you grow.
- Professional industry events are an integral part of the planner career experience—and that’s where the hosted-buyer format can ease your financial burden. Check out 12 conferences for the duration of 2018 for which you can apply to be a hosted buyer and receive complimentary registration and, in many cases, accommodations and airfare. Beyond that, PYM LIVE is a series of half-day events throughout North America taking place all year long—and those, too, are free to planners!
This is how the Plan Your Meetings Professional Development Guide story begins; your insight is necessary for the betterment of future adult learners. So, what other information would you look to see presented here? Let me know!
P.S. Don’t miss free education opportunities at PYM LIVE events throughout North America—see future dates and register.