There is an incredible supply of scholarships to be had thanks to generous donations from your planner peers, industry suppliers and professional associations.
Degree vs. certification–what’s best for you?
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.
The Professional Convention Management Association has named its 2015 “20 in their twenties” class. The program, in its second year, is supported by the Austin (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Austin Convention Center. It’s meant to engage the best and brightest young industry professionals by recognizing them as emerging leaders and fostering their talents […]
IMEX America participants this year can earn CEUs through PCMA’s Business School, which is making its first stop at the Las Vegas trade show. Business School is part of the pre-show education day known as Smart Monday, on Oct 13. The curriculum tries to give meeting industry professionals access to top faculty speakers from university […]
PCMA, MPI, ASAE, ISES … random letters, right? Not if you’re in the events industry. Explore them if you want to get more involved.
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers are partnering in an effort to help advance the Meetings, Incentive, Exhibition and Convention (MICE) industry in Singapore by collaborating on education and certification. The partnership will promote an exchange of best practices and ideas among members, and […]
When GMIC’s 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference convenes in San Francisco in April, it will put words into action and lead by example. The goal of the April 15-17 event: Use sustainable strategies to limit the amount of waste generated, Green House gases emitted and water consumed and, in short, leave San Francisco a bit more eco-friendly than it […]
Want to see what’s happening at #PCMACL in Boston Jan. 12-15? Check out this live blogging feed powered by five writers and @ScribbleLive.
The Green Meeting Industry Council is launching a Certificate in Sustainable Event Planning program designed to create a new class of sustainable-event practitioners. The students will be charged with creating, guiding and implementing the sustainability goals and performance outcomes for the 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference in San Francisco in April next year. Adult learners who […]
“New” is one of the key words driving IMEX Frankfurt, taking place May 21-23 in the German city. It promises new education formats and topics, a new networking hub and a new research hub. IMEX Frankfurt is the largest global exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, drawing about 9,000 exhibitors, hosted buyers and visitors […]
Well, things are always interesting around Plan Your Meetings and today is no exception. The PYM LIVE team is in multiple places, which means today’s event is happening simultaneously in Chicago; Columbia, S.C.; the Netherlands; several regions of California; and Atlanta. Because some of our panelists have to join via mobile devices, we won’t have […]
For 2013, we’re trying many new things. Among them are hybrid educational panels and a conference app that puts the emphasis on networking. One of the coolest things about Topi is the public chat room conversation we can embed like a YouTube video on our site. Here’s what people were saying during the event. Did […]
Everything we do at Plan Your Meetings is designed to educate and empower you. You’ve asked for more opportunities to learn and engage with us. So we’re going to start having weekly hangouts on Google Plus to speak with you directly. Want to participate? Follow this link and tell us what date works best for […]
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) are collaborating on a new education and training curriculum that should be available sometime next year. The new senior-level education, being drawn from MPI’s Certificate in Meetings Management and GBTA’s Strategic Meetings Management Certification, will be available to all MPI and GBTA members. MPI […]
The question is, as an industry, is there not more we can do to elevate public awareness, compensation and continue to improve the perception of our profession?
How to operate more efficiently, leverage technology and improve hotel contract negotiation techniques were the key educational points discussed at PYM LIVE Houston, which took place Aug. 23 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. Here’s a Storify recap of the social media conversation surrounding this event and its #yaypym hashtag.
You will never stop educating yourself, so learn something new every day, I was once told. ISES helps event professionals do just that.
How to increase leverage during contract negotiations and augment events with virtual meeting technology were the key educational points discussed at PYM LIVE Chicago, which took place at the Dana Hotel on July 25. Here’s a Storify recap of the social media conversation surrounding this event and its #yaypym hashtag.
To rock your next meeting, remember to be agile, that your attendees want to learn not just listen and that “we” spaces beat “I” spaces.
How organizations use professional and industry speakers at meetings, conferences and other events is detailed in a recent survey from Tagoras and Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Consultants interviewed almost 250 respondents from 170 organizations, 80 percent of which hold meetings attended by at least 500 people. The report looks at how speakers are chosen, what is […]
If you weren’t able to join us in Atlanta for the March 1 PYM LIVE Event at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, you missed a couple of incredible sessions on essential planning skills. Luckily we didn’t forget you, so we archived half of it, and the other educational session will be available as a […]
The first PYM LIVE Event of the year (#yaypym!) kicked off in Tampa at the Wyndham Tampa Westshore. In addition to an educational session led by Erica Prewett, there were roundtable discussions on the trade-show floor — including one that gave planners insight into how hotel sales staff values their business. (Support PYM partners. Click here to […]
No one expects virtual meetings to replace face-to-face meetings anytime soon, but knowing how to incorporate virtual or hybrid elements into traditional events has become a critical skill. That’s why the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has decided to invest an undisclosed amount of money in the Virtual Edge Institute (VEI), an independent organization focused […]
Your big meeting just wrapped up and you’re feeling pretty proud of yourself. After all, you had some of the best and brightest industry experts delivering relevant, “need to know now” information in slickly produced keynote presentations at well-attended general sessions. Your schedule was chock-full of educational breakout sessions, with more information presented by strong […]
The answer to the question, based on numerous event ROI studies, is that exceptional program content is the single most important attribute of any event – more so than location, theme, activities, duration, timing and even cost. There is no doubt that attendees come to meetings and conferences for a number of reasons. Networking, recognition […]
A meeting’s speaker can be credited with putting bodies in seats, energizing attendees and increasing sales. But if the speaker doesn’t quite do that, whose fault is it? More often than not, it’s the planner who hired them. Or, at least that is where the blame may fall. While it might be acknowledged that the […]
We had a blast at the 2011 PYM LIVE Austin. The planners in attendance had great ideas and a lot of questions, which made for an interesting discussion. But perhaps my favorite thing about the Austin event was an e-mail we received from two of the planners in attendance the very next day. It seems […]
One of the great things about PCMA’s annual Convening Leaders conference is the innovative way they approach engaging their audience of convention management professionals and supplier partners. At this year’s show, new features include a Supplier Showdown, where tech companies offering similar products make their case to audiences side by side; a Learning Lounge, where […]
It’s hard to believe that we’re celebrating our last PYM LIVE Event of the year. But, it’s already in progress in Clearwater, Fla. at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach. If you couldn’t be in attendance, you can follow the conversation below, which will be archived post-event. The educational breakout session will occur […]
Today marks the first event PYM has held in Nashville, Tenn. And it’s very exciting. You can follow the conversation about the event by starting at the bottom and reading up. Feature | Block KristiCasey I 2nd that! RT @PYMVanessa: Thank you to all our amazing planners & partners for being a part of the […]
By Lisa Kraus It’s all well and good to encourage people to play to their strengths, but how do you reinforce that message as a conference theme through attendee education and experiences? For GaMPI’s Summer Educational Alliance (SEA), the answer lay in the details. As soon as I got off the airport transfer shuttle, I […]
August 10’s PYM LIVE Event is in Charlotte, N.C., home of the new NASCAR Hall of Fame. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Charlotte Center City, meeting planners convened to network and learn from their peers. The educational session was led by Kimberly D. Roberts CMP, CSEP, and Caryn Terradas. Here are […]
On July 22, PYM LIVE returns to Denver for a very special educational event and trade show at the legendary Brown Palace. The educational Q&A session will be led by social media strategist Eric Elkins and strategic meetings maven Brooke Sommers, CMP, CMM. Designed to be audience-driven, the session theme is “all you ever wanted […]
Often when meeting and event organizers begin planning conference education, they take the most efficient path. They consider the venue’s meeting space, capacity charts and room layouts. The object is to get as many people as possible in each room for each presentation. This planning process focuses on what’s best, efficient and easiest for the […]
On May 20, Plan Your Meetings descended on the Hill Country for the first-ever 2010 PYM LIVE San Antonio. Hosted by the Westin La Cantera, Jeff Rasco, CMP, of Attendee Management, Inc. (@JeffRasco) and Cindy Lo of Red Velvet Events (@RedVelvetEvents) moderated the roundtable discussion, addressing a variety of industry concerns such as meeting technology […]
No. 1: Learning to work smarter will save your company time and money. Most meeting planners begin their careers with no specific training. But it’s a complex job; one that can involve anything from sending out requests for proposals to setting up registration, securing sponsorships, booking speakers, managing travel, negotiating contracts, planning meal functions and […]
PYM LIVE Events are a mobile events lab where planners can shop for vendors, learn essential skills and play with new technology.
So here it is, 2010, and all I see and hear about is getting into shape. And, I thought that I spent all last year doing that. But knowing that sometimes we (collectively) tend to not finish what we start, here are my resolutions and recommendations for the coming meeting year: Take the time to […]
What if the companies who canceled meetings due to public perception had reviewed their goals and objectives and made that part of the meeting execution, instead of canceling? Would meetings be suffering from the same perception problem that exists now?
Yes, attendees, it’s OK to walk out of an educational session. In fact, I would venture to say that you owe it to yourself, the speaker and the event organizer to forego all deadly sessions in favor of ones with content and presentation styles that engage you. I know, I know, “it’s not polite.” But […]
According to the FutureWatch 2008 survey, one in five meeting professionals expect their organization will become more global within the next year. To help meeting and event planners respond to this trend, Meeting Professionals International is offering three one-day Meetings Without Borders workshops, designed to educate and inform U.S.-based professionals on best practices for global […]
Not so long ago, you learned the craft of planning meetings and events on the job. Now that it’s one of the Top-20 jobs for the “young and restless,” even the government is pitching the profession. And that’s one reason why it’s more important than ever to get those three (or four) little letters behind your name…
PYM LIVE Events are held annually in Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Orlando. Other locations are being added this year, so keep watching our events page for more information. Educational seminars offer meeting tips, creative shortcuts and information on the newest industry trends, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs). You’ll get a chance to meet […]
There are over 30 professional associations for hospitality professionals. Some organizations have monthly educational meetings, annual educational conferences, tradeshows, networking opportunities, leadership roles for hospitality professionals, and other benefits that can help you identify the resources you need to advance your career. Use the list below to determine which organizations meet your special needs and find local chapters.
Have you ever seen letters behind hospitality professionals’ names and wondered what that is all about? Education expert and planner Jackie Thornton explains the difference between a CMP and the 17 other certifications available.
Welcome to Plan Your Meetings’ 2007 Houston Expo. These pages are your first look at an event we hope will reshape the way you look at yourself, your business and the meeting planning industry. Budgets, ROI, more and better for less… we could go on and on, but we know you’ve heard it all. Instead, […]
Plugging into its Gen X, Y and Z employees, Homewood Suites by Hilton has initiated iPod-based team training.
Don’t take the time out of your busy schedule and spend money to attend an expo, conference or any networking event only to stay in your comfort zone. Move around, introduce yourself to new faces, and pleeeze don’t sit with friends and colleagues from your company or association. At the recent MPI World Education Congress […]
How do you get the training needed to excel in your new or existing position? Here are a few no- to low-cost tips for putting your planning skills on the fast track.
People never outgrow the restless feeling they had as kids sitting in a windowless schoolroom, feeling cut off from the daylight and knowing life is moving on without them. Putting your attendees in a room with a view can alleviate those feelings and spice up a dull program, encouraging greater audience participation. But meeting planners have to be savvy or risk having scenery upstage what’s central to the program.