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#feature BUILDING A STRONG TEAM BY MEGHAN SCHILT, CMP, AND JOSHUA NOVICK A s Gen Y pushes meeting designers to deliver programs on a whole new level, it's really every generation that benefits. No aspect of event design can be overlooked because this generation expects to be engaged before, during and after the meeting. This multitasking, tech-savvy generation demands variety, desires to be valued and definitely wants to participate in activities that resonate with them or allows them to do something for the greater good. And don't forget, they want to share their experience as it's happening. As teambuilding trends continue to evolve, it is the characteristics of Gen Y that are at the forefront, redefining the way we think about the concept of teambuilding. People of any generation tend to develop a more unique bond when they participate in an activity than when they 6 @MPIGNY SPRING 2015 just sit beside each other in a meeting. This shared experience is what many meeting planners are striving to achieve - no matter the attendee demographic. If people can walk away feeling connected to an experience that you cultivated, your event participants are much more likely to look upon your organization, brand or leadership favorably. And it is most likely something that will stay with them long enough to be shared. Looking for something to infuse your event with a team-building trend that just might kick it up a notch? Consider some of these trends: Wellness Workout Health and wellness never goes out of style. For a program of 100 people in Miami last year, MPIGNY Immediate Past President Meghan Schilt, CMP, coordinated a sunrise beach boot camp with local fitness gurus Tracey Wright Vlaun & Chris Vlaun of V Art of Wellness. Attendees "checked" their smartphones, shoes and rooms keys as the stepped on to the beach. Next the sound of a single drum began to beat while the group was instructed to find their center by focusing on their breathing as the ocean waves crashed upon the beach. As the sun continued to rise, what followed was a warm-up, 25 minutes of circuit training in the sand and then an Aeroga workout that combined yoga with aerobic exercise designed especially for them. For the circuit training, attendees were grouped by skill level and each person was able to push themselves to their own level of fitness. As the attendees departed the beach, a cucumber-infused cold washcloth was given to them and an energizing juice shot. A buffet breakfast was arranged just a short walk away with a view of the ocean, and the menus for the entire conference were designed

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Spring 2015

Ask the Board What Is Your Ultimate Travel Destination?
President’s Message by Carvie Gillikin
Building a Strong Team
Healthy Habits for the Home Office
Incentivize Me: The Road to Incentive Trip Recovery
Glamping Across the Usa and Abroad
14 Personal Branding With Ceci Johnson
Member Spotlight a Conversation With Alesia Lawson
Meeting and Event Trends: Let’s Get Engaged!
Day in the Life Exploring London With Deborah Kelly
Meetings Industry Building Global Momentum
18 Shades of Green
Ibtm America Launches a New Show Format This Summer
Notes From the Field
Javits Center Debuts a New Look, Feel for Nyc Meetings
Meeting in Detroit
New Members
Advertiser’s Index
Iceland Offers Endless Ideas for Events

@MPIGNY - Spring 2015