Career Development

  • Networking tips for meeting planners

    Are you doing enough to sustain your business? I have been planning events ever since I can remember. For most of my 22-year career, I have been planning events and booking business for others. For the last six years, I have been doing it for myself. There is not much of a difference between looking for business for a hotel or venue, and looking for business for myself. Earlier in my career, I’d sit for hours creating a marketing plan…

  • Event planners: Did you make a difference?

    If you looked back at the last year of events that you and your team planned and delivered, can you see where you made a difference? If you are working on fundraising events, did you support causes you stand behind? Did you create events where shared value shone through and generated both funds and conversation around a passion for improvement for those you are helping? Did you leave with satisfaction and a sense of a job well done? Seeking satisfaction…

  • What the Toronto Blue Jays and federal election results can teach us about triumph through adversity

    The Toronto Blue Jays need to change their name The federal election and the Toronto Blue Jays’ season are both over. It has been a long time since the entire country rode such an emotional roller coaster as one nation. We saw dramatic series-winning home runs in baseball and energetic political debates free of so much of the invective that occurs in other countries. We felt the crush of defeat in Kansas City and apprehensive in election results in Ottawa.…

  • How to stand out as a thought leader

    With 70 billion pieces of information and media shared monthly on Facebook alone, the challenge isn’t creating online marketing material for your small business. It’s how to stand out from the crowd as a thought leader. These three tips can help your business do just that, and boost customer awareness and search engine visibility — not to mention your bottom line. Position yourself as a thought leader Instead of being another choice on a checklist for customers, become the relied…

  • Life after event planning

    “What am I going to do after this? That’s a quote I found on a post the other day Five ways to battle post-event depression: Life after an event. Some good advice here. This is my last blog for Corporate Meetings Network. It’s been a great ride, and I’m forever grateful to Steven Chester, Sean Moon and their team for giving me this platform to discuss the meetings profession from my perspective and to allow me to hone my writing…

  • MPI and GBTA celebrate new class of CMM recipients

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), announced today that they recently presented the distinguished Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) to 26 more meeting and travel professionals, increasing the total number of CMM holders from 996 to 1,022 worldwide. This recent class participated in the program held May 31 – June 3, 2015, in Puebla, Mexico, and is the second group to earn the premier CMM designation…

  • Job loss in the events industry: 10 tips to help the transition

    You’ve received the news – maybe it was expected, maybe it wasn’t – but the pace at which you’ve been working has suddenly changed dramatically. You likely have a mixture of feelings from relief, to anger, to panic, to calm, and around and around you go. Everyone absorbs news differently, but job loss is not something anyone likes to experience. Take comfort in knowing that once you start sharing your news with others, you will be very surprised to hear…

  • What can business managers learn from the Canadian and U.S. elections?

    By a twist of electoral fate, both Canada and the United States find themselves in elections at the same time. While Canadians seem annoyed about their election lasting three months, the US election still has 16 months to run. On the same night, we were able to watch both the Canadian leaders and Republican Party candidates’ debates – or you could have watched the smoking hot Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins. It was a tough call. The benefit…

  • Why we need collaborative relationships in the events industry

    According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “collaborate” means: to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something to give help to an enemy who has invaded your country during a war Adversarial means: involving two people or two sides who oppose each other Seems pretty simple to me which is the right way to do business and get things done. To work collaborative to me (barring seeing your suppliers as your invaded country during a war…

  • The ladder of success: How to advance your career, one step at a time

    By Carly Ekstein and Dory Kashin In today’s hyper-competitive world, it is no longer enough to complete a college or university program, enter the workforce, and expect to climb the corporate ladder. These days it is imperative to differentiate yourself and your approach to work so that you stand out in the minds of your employers, clients and colleagues. Your career moves must be mindful, deliberate and well thought out. What you can do now Although you are forward thinking…

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