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Industry experts discuss a variety of topics specific to the meetings and events industry.


Upcycling Casinos, Hotels and Convention Centers

In 2008, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) convened the Global Summit on Social Responsibility, created for association professionals and business partners to talk about the UN Global Compact (that was signed by many organizations and companies, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI)), the future and our roles in it. The Global Compact's Ten Principles is worth reading again if you did before; especially so if you haven't. It was a privilege to be invited to participate in these three intense days of face-to-face and virtual interaction, and it was exciting to focus on any number of issues within the ...

Wasted Time a Saving Grace?

I have wasted at least six months of my life. Time I will never get back. Time I spent trying to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. As an educator of students in event management, for years I have been looking for a quality curriculum to support and substantiate what it is we do in this industry from whence a student could learn. As mentioned in a previous blog, colleges and universities are now offering certificates and degrees in hospitality and event management–but what is the curriculum and what is it based on? How consistent is the curriculum? For my master's degree ...

The Role of Curriculum Development in Successful Meetings and Events

Curriculum development refers to the process by which an educational activity moves from theory into an actual event (this can be live, an online self-paced program, webinar, etc.). This process is focused on answering the questions, “What should learners know how to do, (better or differently) as a result of the education provided and how will we get them there?” Determining this is a crucial step in the process, yet we rarely speak about curriculum development related to meetings and events. If we think of our meetings as one of the essential segments along the curriculum pathway, how might we change the ...

Refreshing Ideas for Sponsors

One thing I know about sustainable meetings is that they can really make a sponsor look good! Consider having a “Refresh Station.” This sponsorship opportunity includes a central gathering area for participants to: Refresh their data and get the latest information posted with fast, free Wi-Fi (no conference program needed). Refresh their bodies with fresh, hot coffee and cookies (with a reusable coffee mug). Refresh their tablets/laptops/cell phones with electrical outlets for recharging (use green energy). Refresh their minds by meeting new people and exchanging ideas in a casual lounge atmosphere. Perhaps Refresh will be added to Reduce, Reuse and ...

Options Abound - Continuing Education

Albert Einstein said, "Once you stop learning, you start dying." Seems rather dramatic – especially for a scientist – but when you consider humans never stop learning from the moment we take our first breath, you begin to understand what Einstein meant. Everything we do from the moment we draw our first breath is learned. We learn what is hot, cold, mean, sad, happy. What walk, run, drive, slow, fast, moon, sun, love, hate are. And on and on. Much of what is absorbed has been a balance between conscious and unconscious learning. As we grow into adults we become more ...

Is an Industry Veteran Also a Professional?

For years, our industry has struggled to develop programming for the "veterans" of the industry. When I served on the Meetings & Exposition ("M&E") Council of ASAE, and on education committees for MPI and PCMA, we struggled with defining veteran.   Did it mean the number of years in the industry? One or multiple roles in one organization? Increasingly more responsible roles in one organization? Working in different areas (planner, hotel sales, DMC, exhibits) of the industry? Is a veteran someone who has done the same meetings or sold the same property or service the same way over and over ...

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