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[ EDITOR’S NOTE ] C Connections Matter! In this issue, the cover feature explores new strategies for networking and connecting in order BY SABRINA RITCHIE, CMP, CAE to do business from the planner and supplier point of view. Read it on page 8. Also included are articles that offer tips on updating your LinkedIn profile for optimum results and great advice on the dos and don’ts in connecting with your industry peers and business partners, as well as thoughtful insight on building the conference experience around participants. In our MPI Spotlight, we get to know two members: planner Chad Ammon, Creative Group, Inc., and supplier Jonathan Young, Krisam Group & Global Event Partners. Read about the restaurant scene in Sacramento on page 19. Considering planning a meeting in the mountains? If so, check out our feature on page 21. If you’re looking to earn points towards your CMP or recertification, contributing an article is a great way to do just that. Please connect with me at or 5 Important Lessons Learned at MPI WEC 2013 Meeting planners and suppliers from across the country gathered in Las Vegas on July 20-23 for MPI’s World TAKE 5 Education Congress. We asked MPINCC members who attended to share with us a few of the lessons learned at this year’s event. MPINCC President James Gregg, President-Elect Jody Brandes, CMP, and MPINCC WEC Scholarship Winner Adam Isseks shared a few of their takeaways. before you |PlanDownload the 1 go. WEC App before you go to plan your schedule. It even puts sessions on your calendar! Plus, you can play the WEC game and easily access all MPI’s social media feeds. Candy Chang at MPI WEC 2013. |Work together to 2 create change. TED Senior Fellow and Urban Space Artist Candy Chang inspired everyone at the Opening General Session to transform lives by working with others who are passionate about the same things that you are. 4 | P E R S P E C T I V E | |Transform your 3 leadership. At a session of the same name, attendees learned the eight qualities that make good leaders great. (Hint: Don’t make excuses. Know your vision. Demonstrate balance. Focus on your strengths. Plan. Embrace courage. Build a successful team. Show gratitude.) |New technology 4 is here to stay. During a session titled “Digital Storytelling: Telling Your Story through Social Media,” attendees learned why online tools are the most effective way to connect with clients and increase your brand’s visibility. |Don’t aforget to 5 have little fun. Concerts by 80’s rock star Billy Idol and country crooner Dierks Bentley proved that, while meeting planners know how to work hard, they also know how to have a good time!

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Fall 2013

Editor’s Note
Take 5
President’s Message
Connections Matter
If You Aren’t on LinkedIn, You Don’t Exist
5 Ways to Build a Better Attendee Experience
August Professional Education Program
MPI Spotlight
Destination: Sacramento
Take Your Meetings to New Heights
Index to Advertisers/

MPI Perspective - Fall 2013