Career Development

  • Six tips for mentoring aspiring event planners

    1. Get involved – Your first step is to be open to mentoring and to let your industry colleagues know that you are. Reach out to a college/university that offers event planning programs and ask if you could help with any of their classes. You may already be a member of a group such as MPI (Meeting Professionals International), which has aspiring event planners looking for mentors to meet and from whom to learn. If a student reaches out to…

  • Five tips for bringing in the New Year with purpose

    Happy New Year! The changing of the year marks a fresh start…a new beginning. It is another chance to improve and grow. But, what often happens is we start the New Year with an optimistic frame of mind and a renewed sense of purpose, and as we get into the hustle and bustle of life, nothing ends up changing. How do you begin to incorporate some new routines into your life and actually make them stick? It’s not easy unless…

  • Moving beyond the digital divide: Top four strategies to engage your GenY planners

    By Vanessa Judelman What was it like when you started working? Did you use a fax machine? Did you rely on couriers to get information across town? We all know those days are long gone. The arrival of rapid digital technology has fundamentally changed the way we work. It has also changed the expectations and expertise of millennials, aka “digital natives”, who are now entering the workforce. Do you have younger planners on your team? Do you find their approach…

  • Meeting the challenge: Three Canadian corporate planners weigh in on the top industry issues

    From shrinking budgets to the social media revolution, today’s corporate meeting and event planners are faced with a multitude of constantly shifting priorities and unique challenges. How are some of Canada’s top corporate planners meeting these challenges and devising solutions for their respective organizations? Join the conversation as CM&E checks in with three leading planners in the Canadian corporate meetings industry and gets them to weigh in on some of today’s most pressing issues. Corporate Planner Q&A Panel: Fiona Marshall-White,…

  • Average travel management salary up 3.4 per cent over 2011

    The average salary for travel buyers has increased by 3.4% in the past year, according to new research being released today from the GBTA Foundation’s 2012 Travel Management Compensation and Benefits Survey. Sixty-three per cent of travel buyers are satisfied with their overall compensation and benefits. These findings are based on the responses of 529 corporate travel and meetings managers working in the United States and Canada. “We are encouraged that salaries and job satisfaction remain high in the travel…

  • MPI foundation releases second supplement in Future of Meetings Research Series

    In continuation of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Future of Meetings Research Series, the MPI Foundation released a second supplement to its white paper, From The Outside In on the future of meeting design and individual needs. MPI has created a media page that provides access to the resources surrounding the Future of Meetings Research Series. The launch of this research initiative focuses on the future trends that will impact the meetings and events industry for years to come. EXERPTS: From…

  • Top 10 tips for exercising on the road

    Let’s face it, exercising on the road can be a challenge…especially if you don’t have a system in place to make it happen. But the payoff to exercise, both on the road and at home, is huge.

  • Five key essentials to meeting management success

    Event management is a prestigious career choice. It is about more than party planning, creativity or décor. It is complex and encompasses project management, program design, measurement and evaluation, strategic development and so much more. Our industry is ready for talented individuals who understand this and want to achieve great things. Do you have what it takes? Here are some key essentials to finding success in managing meetings and events.

  • Why event planners should ‘start with why’

    The concept is simply this – it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters why you do it. Citing examples ranging from Apple and Harley Davidson to Martin Luther King, Simon convincingly argues that the one thing these and other successful organizations and leaders have in common is that they answer the why questions before the who, what, when, where and how questions. This basic distinction permeates everything they do. For their companies and organizations, this can be seen in everything from their corporate culture to their marketing, and their overall strategic direction, vision and purpose.

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