Back in the 1990s, Adult Learner Theory was all the rage in the meetings industry. We realized that adults learn differently than kids (crazy!), and savvy planners sprang into action. This was the decade when we first saw toys on tables in meeting rooms. Adults, it was discovered, learned better when they had a simultaneous audio and tactile opportunity (e.g. they liked to play with a Slinky® while somebody lectured them).
As a planner we are sometimes challenged to go outside our personal comfort zone to host or put together an event that might include elements we’re not familiar with like jigs, spinnerballs, ‘crappies,’ and trolling. Say what? All of these and more are part of the terminology you might hear while planning a fishing excursion for your group, so pay attention as we hold hands and explore this new territory together. Yes, I admit I’m a newbie at this myself, but under the category of ‘always willing to broaden my horizons,’ I accepted this assignment and am happy to share my findings as we, um, fish on this journey together.
Now more than ever, knowing how and when to hire security for your event is a must for planners. In our world full of instant and terrifying news about the latest drive-by shootings, terrorism attacks, and hostage taking situations, the need for providing a safe and secure environment for your meetings and events is one that should be taken quite seriously. That’s not to say that every function you sponsor needs to have armed guards at the ready, but it is imperative that planners take a close look at their programs to assess the risk in order to determine when it is appropriate.
Kristen Salewski, CMP, is the Advertising, Promotions, and Design Specialist for Rural Mutual Insurance Company (RMIC), a Wisconsin-based insurance company that only does business in Wisconsin.