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March “Meeting Planning Madness” Final Four Voting Underway
March 30, 2015
The “Meeting Planning Madness” tournament, organized by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), has entered the Final Four stage of voting.
Over 2,600 meeting professionals have submitted their votes to narrow down the list of significant and maddening challenges they face every day. The field of 16 has been narrowed down to four challenges:
Voting for the Final Four Round began March 27th and runs through March 31st. Final Round voting will take place April 1-3, and the winner will be announced April 6th.
“Being a meeting professional is one of the greatest professions, according to US News & World Report who ranked ‘Meeting, Convention & Event Planner’ 57th on their list of 100 best jobs of 2015,” said Managing Director of DMAI’s empowerMINT initiative Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki. “But, we know the job has moments of sheer, indescribable madness as well.”
A group of meeting planners helped DMAI narrow down the list to the “Not-So-Sweet-Sixteen” things that drive meeting planners mad, the March Meeting Planner Madness tournament is divided up into four voting regions to include:
The tournament was sponsored by Visit Indy, the destination holding the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB), one of the cities hosting Elite Eight games. Voters only need an active email address to participate and be invited back to vote in subsequent rounds. Go to http://blog.empowerMINT.com/votemeetingmadness for more information.
Chapter Spotlight: Kansas City Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (KCMPI)
With over 30 years as a part of the meetings industry, the Kansas City Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (KCMPI) is one the leading organizations in providing premier education and professional development to our members, not to mention the invaluable networking opportunities that are provided through monthly education programs and networking events.
KCMPI is a family of approximately 200 members representing planners from the corporate, association, government and non-profit sectors, as well as independent planners and suppliers. Our members represent everyone from the seasoned professional with more than 15 years in the industry to students who are just starting to explore their career opportunities.
The benefits of joining KCMPI are endless. The education opportunities will keep you on the cutting edge of today’s constantly challenging meeting environment and will continuously increase your worth as an employee in the industry. Visit our website for more information on the organization and join us for one of our upcoming events – you don’t have to be a member to attend an event and try us out!
Check out these upcoming events:
March 19, 2015 @ Johnson County Community College: Catering and Restaurant Showcase
April 15, 2015 @ KU Edwards Campus: KCMPI Professional Education Conference
June 11, 2015 @ Hotel Phillips: KCMPI Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet
2015 Meeting Planning Trends with Andrea Kasnic, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Industry leaders are asking: what’s coming next in meeting planning this year? Andrea Kasnic of Hyatt Regency Chicago has her finger on the pulse of large scale meeting planning in 2015.
Join in the meeting planner trends Andrea has identified in the industry at the onset of 2015:
1. “Sink Into the Space.” Experiential Meeting Space. No longer are standard offerings appealing to groups looking for a more versatile meeting experience.
Says Kasnic: “Groups of all sizes, intimate and large-scale, are asking for more imaginative and inviting configurations of furniture, whether they included couches or highboys.”
2. “Check, check, check!” All Inclusive Check-Ins. To more easily manage the check-in process which can otherwise involve many steps for individuals, groups are now asking for a simpler solution to the potential chaos of check-ins.
Says Kasnic: “Hotels need to be equipped with the resources to facilitate all-inclusive check-in for guests to simultaneously check into their room and the conference as a whole.”
3. “What Did You Think?” Measurable Attendee Response. Not only is it enough to put on a successful meeting; meeting planners rely on the attendee feedback now more than ever before.
Says Kasnic: “Utilizing services such as Survey Monkey, groups and their meeting planners are looking for immediate feedback before guests even leave the onsite environment.”
4. “Instagram & Hologram.” Virtual Reality. No longer is the question simply, “Is the room equipped with audio?”
Says Kasnic: “Clients are looking to take the ‘wow’ factor to the next level with their meetings. And they’re not just looking for 3D images and video: hosting speakers via hologram is designed as an intrinsic part of many presentations.”
About Andrea Kasnic
Andrea Kasnic is the director of sales and marketing at the world’s largest Hyatt property, Hyatt Regency Chicago. A graduate of Florida State University, Kasnic joined Hyatt in 1998, serving as sales manager at several properties throughout her time with Hyatt. Kasnic is no stranger to innovation in meeting and event planning, having been named the 2010 Hyatt Hotels Director of Sales of the Year, an award given to those who excel in more than 23 areas including revenue management, work ethic and innovation.
About Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago, the largest Hyatt property in the world, features 2,019 guest rooms, 228,000 square feet of meeting and event space and five restaurants and lounges. The hotel is located at 151 East Wacker Drive in the heart of downtown. Hyatt Regency Chicago borders the Magnificent Mile and is only blocks away from Chicago’s premier theatre, cultural, shopping and dining districts. For reservations, visit www.chicagoregency.hyatt.com, Facebook.com/HyattRegencyChicago or on Twitter @hyattchicago.
The Psychology of Meeting Attendees: What Inspires In-Person Attendance?
Social Tables Blog
Guest author Dr. Mia Mulrennan (contact)
As an organizational psychologist with a hotel background, I apply tenets of consumer, social, and organizational psychology to the travel, hospitality and tourism industry. I help my clients apply and use what we know about human behavior to help them figure out what delights their customers and inspires their employees.
What I do in my consulting, speaking and coaching work can help you as a meeting planner.
In the age of technology, when virtual interaction is becoming a more acceptable method of communication by the day, what inspires physical attendance at meetings and conferences?
Read the full article, and watch the video, here.
Innovation Forum Speaker Preview: 5 Ways Your Meeting Is Boring
by Mitra Sorrells, BizBash
As C.E.O. of Bisnow Media, Ryan Begelman leads an organization that produces 250 annual events, from intimate C.F.O. summits to large-scale networking events, that collectively attract more than 60,000 people. Begelman is also a co-founder of Summit—called the Davos for Generation Y by Forbes—an event company, hospitality brand, ski resort operator, and angel investor in firms such as Uber and Warby Parker.
On October 28, Begelman will join BizBash at the Event Innovation Forum—New York to discuss how Bisnow creates events that are both relevant and interesting, turning attendees into event “evangelists” who are fueling the company’s growth. The Event Innovation Forum is part of BizBash Live: The Expo New York, which will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. More about the forum's sessions and speakers—plus registration information—is here.
As a preview to his talk, we asked Begelman to tell us why he thinks many events are boring and miss the opportunity to engage attendees.
Read Begelman's response at bizbash.com.
Steal and Adapt These Double Gulp-Worthy Ideas For Your Next Conference
by Jeff Hurt, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting
Most conference organizers and event professionals are always looking for the next great idea.
I’ve recently come across several set-off-the-fireworks awesome event ideas. Consider borrowing them.
And if you do steal them, make sure that you understand the principles underneath the issues they address. As well as how to adapt them to your context. Or you’ll fail at implementation!
So go ahead and be a creative kleptomaniac as you adopt and adapt these gulp-worthy ideas.
Read more at velvetchainsaw.com.
Ten Insider Tips for Meeting Planners
By Derek Grimaldi and Al Morgan, Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre
Chaos is a common scenario for a lot of Meeting Planners. It’s not the easiest job and sometimes you tend to lose perspective. That’s why we picked the brains of several members of the IACC community and came up with some effective insider tips. We only gathered from the best, so use our information wisely!
Click here to see the blog post from IACC!
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