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Sizzle This Summer
Conference & Event Manager, Moore Carlyle Consulting | MCC Destination Management
Pool parties. Barbecues and picnics. Patios. Amusement parks.
Camping. The beach. Food, festivals and fun. These are images
that come to mind when I think of summer. What about you?
In this issue of meeting magazine, we focus on summer.
For the event planner, summer brings hectic schedules and
making sure all those events you've been planning all winter
go off without a hitch. For some, summer is a time to reflect
and recharge. In "Maximizing your Downtime," written by
Leslie Wright, she offers some suggestions and advice on how
to get the most out of your downtime - if you are one of the
lucky few - to take a step back and focus your energies on you.
Is your career where you want it to be? Is it time to go for that
designation? Maybe a chance to work on your professional
development. Finally get that home office organized.
Summer is also a time to spend with family. The kids are
out of school and sure enough, the boredom will set in quickly.
However, there are only so many summer camps to attend, let
alone afford! Canada's Wonderland is a great way to spend the
day, but unless you bought a season pass, it can add up quickly!
In Kate Jaehn-Kreibaum's article, "Beyond the Annual Barbecue
- Incorporating Family at Events," she talks about different ways
you, as an event planner, can make that upcoming conference or
executive retreat include family members by offering social rates
or tour packages. This way, while mom is taking in education
sessions, dad and the kids can hang out by the pool or the family
can have a fun outing together.
In summer, the event planner starts thinking about and
creating those events for the fall and winter. The articles
"Building Custom Experiences" by Allison Owers-Graham,
CMP, and "Boutique Experiences & Emerging Incentive
Destinations" by Liz Akey, CMP, will get your creative juices
flowing to create the most memorable experiences for your
attendees in great new and unique venues.
While creating those amazing events, be sure to
include an option to give back to the community where
you are hosting the event. "Community Volunteerism:
Incorporating a Hands-On Charity Component at Your
Event" by providing a hands-on charity component on-site
by Mariella Irivarren, CMP, will provide you with some
insight on how to get started and what to consider when
planning the volunteering aspect of your event.
With the nicer weather, it allows for more events to take
place outdoors. However, planning an event for the outdoors
comes with its own set of challenges. Virginia Ludy, CEO,
Canadian National Exhibition talks about "Taming the Beast:
Planning Outdoor Events" and gives a behind-the-scenes
look at the tricks of the trade for putting together such a large
With so much to do and not enough time to get it all done,
I hope that you find our "Summer" issue to be inspiring,
thought-provoking and entertaining as you peruse the pages
while poolside sipping on a cocktail. ●
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016
Welcome, New Members!
Boutique Experiences & Emerging Incentive Destinations
How You Can Benefit from the MPI Foundation
Cruising to Event Success
Chapter Speaks: What Are You Reading or Listening to This Summer?
Community Volunteerism: How to Incorporate a Hands-On Charity Component at Your Event
Taming the Beast: Planning Outdoor Events
Building Custom Experiences
Maximizing Your Downtime: Reflect, Revise, Plan
Activate Your Event with Experiential Marketing
Beyond the Annual Barbecue – Incorporating Family at Events
Meeting MPI Toronto - July/August 2016