Career Development

  • You are the lion: Advice for dealing with stress for event professionals

    We work in an incredibly fast-paced environment, and if we’re being honest, we really just say fast-paced because it sounds a little less scary than terrifying and stressful. Event professionals are almost always up against a deadline, under pressure to outdo their last event and do it all on an ever decreasing budget. This places us under a great deal of stress, both mental and physical. We all know that either kind of stress can have an adverse effect on…

  • Newton’s laws and you: How to streamline and improve your business processes

    As meeting professionals, our attention is constantly pulled in many directions at once. To deal with this, we develop systems and processes to streamline the way that we work. Familiar patterns and processes make us more agile and efficient. That agility is necessary for us to work at the break-neck pace that we so often do, but it can sometimes come at a cost. Far too often procedures and processes become so familiar that we stop evaluating and improving on…

  • Succession planning for small organizations on a budget

    Whether you’re working for a small association or startup business, you may be facing some difficult choices (read: limitations) when it comes to financially investing in your organization’s future. However, succession planning is a critical component to any organization and should never go by the wayside. There are a number of ways to invest time and other resources into the sustainability of your organization. One thing to keep in mind as you read through this blog post is that many…

  • Five ways to unleash creativity and innovation

    Today’s workplace is anything but predictable and static. As working professionals and businesses, the reality of the new normal requires us to be more agile, adaptable, and capable of making smart decisions on the fly – a process fundamentally rooted in creativity and innovation. Whether you’re a senior leader, middle manager, junior team member or business of any size, it’s imperative to be more resourceful and resilient with each passing day. Following are five ways you can train yourself to…

  • MPI Academy unveils new offerings during 2016 World Education Congress

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the MPI Academy is launching several new education offerings, including seven web-based courses and two Experiential Event Series programs. This announcement was shared during a media briefing event at MPI’s 2016 World Education Congress (WEC) in Atlantic City. The new courses include online versions of MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) and Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate (SMPC) programs as well as the Meetings & Events at Sea program presented in partnership with the Cruise…

  • MPI redesigns membership model, offers special promotion to new members

    New subscription offering to launch this summer Meeting Professionals International (MPI) recently announced it has restructured its membership model to offer three different levels for both planners and suppliers. In addition, the association will soon introduce a new e-subscription for select MPI digital resources. The announcement was shared yesterday during a media briefing event at MPI’s 2016 World Education Congress (WEC) in Atlantic City. “We have been working to grow and evolve our association over the past few years in…

  • PCMA launches CMP Exam Prep App

    The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced today the launch of their new CMP Exam Prep App, powered by SpotMe. The CMP study app is an add-on to the recently released updated CMP Online Prep Course. Dedicated to elevating the role of event organizers, PCMA believes that with tough travelling schedules, a first of its kind on-the-go solution opens an opportunity for more professionals to earn their designation. Once users have downloaded the app, they will have access to: 500…

  • Neuroleadership: The key to greater career and life success

    Three years ago, I experienced a freak accident which led to a brain injury. I didn’t know it at the time, but this injury would change my life. Not just because of the severity of it, but because of the valuable lessons I would learn through my recovery and brain rehab that have taught me a lot about how I want to work and lead my life. Recently, I was featured in the business section of The Globe and Mail…

  • So what can business managers learn from Donald Trump?

    The long electoral process seems to be moving towards its conclusion. It looks as if Donald Trump will secure the presidential nomination of the Republican Party. Many observers have commented on the raucous and surprising nature of the campaign. Perhaps several recent larger trends that Mr. Trump has capitalized on make it not so surprising however. It might be worthwhile for commercial enterprises, institutions and individuals to ask themselves what can they learn from the Trump phenomenon. The 20th century…

  • Five habits of hyper-productive people

    Do you ever feel like someone you know can get more done in three hours than you can in an entire day? It’s not that he or she has some hidden supernatural powers. It’s that this hyper-productive person has some habits that definitely provide an advantage when it comes to working smarter and achieving more in less time. Here are five secret habits of the hyper-productive to adopt to get more out of your day. Take breaks – Constantly working doesn’t…

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