Meetings Focus Blog

rss

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


Free Education - Yes, Free!

I recently completed several online module sessions to receive a certificate in Distance Education Learning. It was an interesting course and really clarified the difference of teaching and learning in a "resident environment"—meaning face to face in a physical classroom—versus in an "online environment," conducting interaction through technology. Distance education is not as simple as taking a lesson plan taught in a standard resident classroom and making it available online. Online education takes work to ensure full engagement, comprehension, clarity, and effectiveness both for the educator and the learner. The benefits of distance learning and education can be far reaching (pun ...

Industry Education: 1 of 3 Steps to Improvement

In January, at PCMA’s Convening Leaders conference, and since, including, most recently, at ExhibitorLive, I’ve had too many conversations about what’s lacking in industry knowledge, professionalism and education to continue to ignore writing. The conversations—with industry academics; with Boomer, Gen Xer and Millennial planners and suppliers; with “veterans” (often referred to as “senior planners”) and those newer to the industry or those with little formal training—all confirmed what I’ve seen and believed for a long time: our industry is not smart. Why? Because we keep doing the same things and ... well, not getting results that will convince the general ...

Not Your Elevator Speech - Your Story!

An article, an obituary, a cartoon and a class contributed to the thinking behind the creation of this blog. And more, to thinking about our individual stories. The article: From The New Yorker, Mary Norris’ story "Holy Writ", tells of her winding road to becoming the “Comma Queen” at that publication. The telling of her story and the story itself delighted me! (OY! Am I missing necessary commas?). Her early life, her decisions, the chance encounters, her risks, and opportunities, are like many of ours. Perhaps the difference is that, in her story, she took advantage of the un-outlined chapter. Her ...

Dubai Goes All In On Spectacular

Gazing out my window from the Address Downtown hotel in Dubai on a recent FAM visit, viewing the world’s tallest building and the world’s largest fountain system up-close, some words from a media colleague from the UK came to mind: “Dubai doesn’t do things by halves, do they?” The English have a way of putting things, and that remark sums up the dazzling United Arab Emirates city perfectly. Everywhere you look there are mind-boggling offerings, with countless others on the way, and it’s hard to picture a place more perfectly designed to impress a visiting group. How many cities do you know ...

Let's Go to the Videotape! Verifying Someone's Story

If you are following the news, you have probably heard that NBC is fact-checking Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News regarding his telling, differently, a story when he was embedded. This post from Alan Bean, someone I trust when it comes to ethics and justice, though our religious beliefs differ, provides enlightenment about something referred to as "false memory." This is shared not to debate what Mr. Williams and others may have done. It is provided for the "false memory" references from Mr. Bean. It was brought to mind because of the many interviews I have conducted for clients with those they are ...

7 Predictions and 6 Resolutions for 2015

When I began drafting this blog, I ran the idea by a colleague who has been a hotel CSM and sales manager—with a third party—and is now a director of meetings at a major medical association. He laughed with me as I said, “Whatever I predict could have an opposite and equal prediction!" And so it is. Predictions 1. Hotel rates will go up in some markets and down in others.  2. Non-U.S. individuals and entities will continue to buy and own hotels which may cause more brouhaha (like it did when the Sultan of Brunei purchased the Plaza in New York) among some ...

Newsletter Subscriptions