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In July of last year, Midwest Meetings® announced our 2016 CMP Scholarship recipient, Lisa Calhoun. Since that announcement, Calhoun has completed her CMP coursework and passed certification. We want to congratulate her again on her efforts and also give you insight into the process.
Lisa Calhoun, CMP: How nervous I actually was about test day! And then how quickly I was able to finish the test! It’s been a few years since I’ve taken any adult learning classes so I didn’t know how my study habits had changed. Explaining what I was doing, and needed to do, to my family was also a bit of an education for them.
MM: What advice do you have for others working toward their CMP?
LC: If you have ever thought you may work towards your CMP, or think it might be in your one to two-year plan, start keeping track of your continuing education NOW. Logging of the CEU’s was a fairly easy process for me because I had good records that I could access from MPI Michigan Chapter and from Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE). If you aren’t tracking what you are doing for education now, it will be much harder to go back to get the information to input into the CIC website application.
If you have the opportunity, I would suggest joining a study group. I joined a virtual study group through MSAE. We “met” every other week and the instructors kept the group on track with reading assignments, quizzes, and direction when needed.
MM: Do you have any study tips to share?
LC: Plan time for reading. I did a lot of traveling during the several months before my test in August. I took the manuals with me on every trip. It was easy to keep up on the reading while sitting in airports or on a plane because I didn’t have family or co-workers to distract me.
Make some good old fashioned flashcards. I kept the cards in the car and would reference them when my husband would be driving us around town on errands or on longer road trips. They also traveled nicely when I was in an airplane.
MM: What is your overall perspective of the entire CMP process?
LC: The domains and the scope of knowledge were way more diverse than I had imagined. It was also pretty interesting to me how soon into the study process I began to use my newly gained knowledge. And those opportunities to put that knowledge into practical use popped up in very random ways - giving guidance to my staff and arranging event payments for my own clients, just to name a few.
MM: Who would you suggest CMP certification to?
LC: I’d recommend it for anyone that has been in the industry for a long time and might be looking for a new challenge.
If you are considering your CMP certification, apply for the Midwest Meetings CMP Scholarship. For more information on terms and how to apply, visit www.MidwestMeetings.com/CMP-Scholarship.html