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When We MEET, We Change the World
by Michelle Dennis Allgauer, CAE, CMM, CMP Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) 2010-2011 PMPI President
“When we MEET, we Change the World” was the theme
for Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress held July 24 – 27, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. The Opening General Session speaker, Emmanuel Gobillot’s mantra, “There must be a better way and together we will ﬁnd it,” really helped set the tone for the meeting. We can no longer continue to do meetings the same way we’ve always done them, and this message resonated throughout the entire WEC program. One of the things I love most about attending MPI’s WEC is the exposure to new ways of thinking and being able to see ﬁrsthand innovative ways of creating and hosting a meeting. Creative and pioneering ways of thinking outside the box were sprinkled throughout WEC. One example of this included puppy cuddling time. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, attendees had the opportunity to cuddle with puppies. This activity helps to support the Paciﬁc Assistance Dogs (PADS). By petting and cuddling with the puppies, attendees were helping socialize these future working dogs. Another revolutionary example was at the 2011 WEC promotional lunch when the destination was announced. There wasn’t a single picture of the destination shown during the promo. Instead, powerful moving stories of what Orlando is doing as far as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) were shared with the audience.
Taking a risk, but leading the way in setting and example on how to host sustainable meetings, MPI’s WEC conference program was provided via smart phone-compatible mobile device instead of the traditional printed program. I loved being able to scan the Microsoft tags (barcodes) located throughout the conference with my smart phone and watch video clips of bonus content. I must admit that sitting in sessions, trying to listen and take notes, wasn’t always easy; however, some of the sessions had live twitter feeds running on the screen in the room and this really helped me with my note taking. The Flash Point Idea Assembly showcased 10 speakers, each providing 15 minutes of easy digestible nuggets of information. On the closing day, the Water Coolers provided an entertainment break, which I thought was very ingenious; they even incorporated the sponsor into several of their skits. Even though this wasn’t well received by everyone, it still showcased how you can be resourceful with your sponsors. One of the sessions I wish I had been able to attend was a unique learning opportunity outside the traditional meeting room. It was aboard a cruise ship – and it was about learning how to hold a meeting aboard a cruise ship. What a great way to bring the learning outside of the traditional meeting room! Traditional trade shows also seem to be a thing of the past, as evidenced by the Hosted Buyer Program, which allowed planners and suppliers to prearrange appointments with customers that match their needs.
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On a chapter level we are providing our learning experiences in a variety of formats (webinars, grab & go lunches and in person meetings) and on elevated topics that members requested. As you strive to make your meetings most impactful and meaningful to your members, come learn from PMPI how to deliver content in a variety of ways to meet your attendees’ needs. Whether it’s a virtual meeting, face to face meeting or a hybrid approach, PMPI will help you learn how to extend the life of meetings by engaging people in social media outlets. Plan to attend our regional MidAtlantic Conference and Exposition (MACE!) on February 15 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center. This will be one event you won’t want to miss with elevated content and a hosted buyer’s program. For our members in transition, take advantage of the PMPI Cares Program. We have set aside 10 complimentary registrations for planner members at each of our learning experiences (excluding MACE!) and have scholarships available (for CMP, CMM, and other MPI-hosted events). New this year, $1 of every learning experience registration will go toward the PMPI Cares program to help members in need of assistance. Visit www.pmpi.org for more information. If you have any suggestions for future learning experiences or want to share your innovative ideas for ways you are changing the way we meet, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. When we meet, we connect and we change the world! Make the most of your membership; stay connected and follow us on
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Potomac Memo - September/October 2010
Potomac Memo - September/October 2010
Calendar of Events
Cool Tools to Develop Trust with Clients
Monetizing and Marketing Your Conference Education
Tips for Effective Site Visits – Communication Is Key
MACE! 2011 – The Secret is Out
Grab & Go Lunch Series
East Meets West
New Member Spotlight
Help PMPI Give Back
Where in the PMPI World?
Potomac Memo - September/October 2010