What information should a planner come to a CVB with? What questions should planners be asking CVBs to help utilize their services more fully? Midwest Meetings asked these questions so you, the planner, don’t have to. Here are some responses we received from Midwest CVBs
• Seemless transfer of duties when a speaker has to cancel • Know your attendees and options • Speakers Bureaus are an asset
Midwest Meetings asked the question, ‘What did you do when your speaker/entertainment was a no-show or had to cancel last minute?’ We received some great comments:
Anne Kagay-Lidster, MARCQI - Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI “When the guest speaker had to cancel at the last minute due to family member illness, we had to substitute with others who were attending the meeting to present an open-forum discussion.” Charlotte Calandro, Evans & Dixon, LLC, St. Louis, MO “We were in Jamaica for a rewards trip with 140 people, we grabbed the fitness instructor for the resort and cranked up the music for a limbo contest with prizes! That broke the ice and led to dancing in the sand on our own private beach area!”
• Event planning - a top ten most stressful job • Quick tactics to tackle stress
CareerCast.com releases an annual list of top ten most stressful occupations, in 2016 it’s easy to see why once again it was topped by soldiers, firefighters, airline pilots, and police officers. What may come as a surprise to people outside the industry, however, is number five on the list: event coordinator. The position doesn’t usually require running into burning buildings or safely landing 450-ton airliners, but there’s a reason that event coordinator has not only made it onto the list again, but actually moved up three spots from its 2015 ranking.