Career Development

  • Five ways to radically multiply your time and boost productivity

    As fast-paced and hyper-kinetic as today’s business world is, we all want to get more done – and in less time. Happily for modern professionals, it’s never been easier to take back control of your schedule, and take back control of your working life. Using a few simple tips, tricks, and high-tech solutions, including a variety of apps and online services, virtually anyone can get a handle on their workday again, and get back to feeling more organized. Below, you’ll…

  • Creating happier employees starts with chocolate

    By Sandra Abballe Many companies have been putting a strong focus on the well-being of their employees. They understand that creating a fun environment in the workplace can lead to employees who are happier and more satisfied in their role. It can also lead to greater workplace morale and decrease in staff turnover and absenteeism. However can happier employees lead to a better bottom line? Research presented by the University of Warwick in Britain in April 2014 confirms that employees…

  • Four ways event planners can get ready for the spring conference season

    If you’re like many meeting planners that work in conference and professional development event management, your peak season is the spring. During this time you’ll see many multi-day conferences, award shows, annual general meetings, etc. While the timing of these events are convenient for attendees since they occur outside of other peak seasons such as summer holidays and year-end, this also means that as a planner, you can expect things to pick up well in advance. Part of the nature…

  • Tips to network and find jobs online

    Prospecting for sales or promotional leads and hunting for career-related opportunities rank among today’s most popular online activities among meeting planners and suppliers in every field. But which rules of conduct should you be following when reaching out regarding potential business on social networks or electronic applying for a new job at a prospective employer? As we discovered while researching our new book, Netiquette Essentials: New Rules for Minding Your Manners in an Online World, the answers may surprise you.…

  • How to manage your online reputation

    Between the rise of social networks, cloud apps, and 24/7 wireless connected solutions, online reputation management is now an essential topic to keep in mind when managing a personal or professional online brand. Luckily for meeting planners and industry vendors, maintaining a positive and professional image needn’t be as difficult as it seems – even in an age where access to virtually anything you could want to know about anyone or anything is just a click or tap away. Below,…

  • Seven basic business fears and how to overcome them

    Do you think the secret to succeeding in life is to take fewer risks and play it safe? Guess again. As new research by the creators of the bestselling book Make change work for you demonstrates, it actually pays to be bolder, more courageous, and more willing to put yourself out there on the personal and professional fronts – that risky is the new safe, so to speak. But as interviews with scores of leading business researchers, self-made successes, and…

  • MPI and GBTA Foundation recognize CMM recipients from Norfolk 2016 class, announce destinations for 2017 programs

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), recently presented the distinguished Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) to 37 meeting and travel professionals from the CMM Norfolk 2016 class. Also, the associations are planning to offer two programs in Palm Springs, Calif., and Reno, Nev., this year. “We cannot be more pleased with the strong interest the CMM Program has received from our global community,” said Paul Van…

  • Trump shock: What can we learn from the U.S. election?

    The U.S. presidential election is finally over. Since Donald Trump descended the escalator of the Trump Tower on June 16 of last year to announce his candidacy for President of the United States, there have been a stunning series of unforeseen events. All the old rules are now obsolete. These events seem to conclude that the experts are never right. Long-held assumptions are rendered baseless. Hopes have become fears and fears have become hopes. Now the pundits and party leaders…

  • Millennial success skills: What we should be teaching Gen Y

    Shh, don’t tell business leaders: Millennials – individuals who are roughly 19-35 years old, and a generation of young professionals raised on a steady diet of high-tech gadgets, websites and 24/7 wireless and social media communications – are quickly taking over today’s workforce. But the way in which these highly enterprising and engaging individuals will look to communicate, interact and hope to engage with tomorrow’s businesses is very different than the ways in which other generations have chosen to do…

  • Can’t we all just get along? APIs, integration and automation for event professionals

    Taking a deep dive into the way we work is the first step in improving our workflows, becoming more productive and ultimately spending less time working. If you’re thinking of taking stock of your productivity, I’ve talked a bit about it here. One of the common threads that people discover when doing this type of self-evaluation is the over reliance on one single application or program, or what I like to call inappropriate multitasking. A good example would be using…

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