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Tempted by WE’VE ALL BEEN tempted...perhaps even tried it? Darth Vader, Supreme Commander of the Imperial Forces once said, “You don’t know the power of the dark side!” As a supplier, I’ve been tempted; I’ve considered my options about changing careers and moving into the planner side, my version of the dark side? The event planning industry is widely regarded as one of the best career options for the young and enthusiastic. It is for this reason that success in the event planning industry is not so easy to achieve. There is a fierce level of competition among fellow event planners and only the strong survive. Careers in event planning can be highly rewarding. From incentive program trips that include working in exotic places to local corporate events, life is one big party for the event manager. However the party will only go on as long as the event planner works hard to get things right. Business and pleasure go very much hand in hand when it comes to a career in event planning: FAM trips alone are enough to make you consider switching sides. However, after speaking to planners who made the transition, it’s not always what you think. The excitement of travel soon feels like a bad scene out of “Groundhog Day,” where each hotel room seems like the last, and FAM trips that are organized and produced so fast and furiously become blurs of what they were meant to be. Jill Saunders of The Olsen Group made the transition from supplier to planner. “I made the move 15 years ago from a hotel chain. That experience proved invaluable to my business and my clients, but I never looked back...until recently. I was tempted. But I remembered that working for me, the gratification of working hard for me was the reason I made the move...and yes, FAM trips are a great way to understand the property but also to build relationships with the hotel team.” Recently, many colleagues have made the transition from planner to supplier or vice versa. Although many would prefer to remain anonymous, I have found there is an underlining similarity to the reasons so many have made the switch: money and benefits, job security, and understanding the “other side.” the Dark Side: Supplier or Planner? By Paul Alves, Deerhurst Resort The excitement of travel soon feels like a bad scene out of “Groundhog Day,” where each hotel room seems like the last, and FAM trips that are organized and produced so fast and furiously become blurs of what they were meant to be. www.mpitoronto.org • ME TING 17 http://www.mpitoronto.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2011

Meeting MPI Toronto - March/April 2011
President’s Message
Editor’s Perspective
Up Front
Leadership 2011: A Special National Meetings Industry Day Feature
Collaboration = Unlimited Knowledge
Industry Book Review: Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
Tempted by the Dark Side: Supplier or Planner?
Student Focus: A Fine Balance
Industry Partner Profile: Ottawa Tourism
People, Planet, Profit - The Next Step of Green Meetings
Building Human Connections - The Joy of Mentoring
Advertisers' Index

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