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Networking at your Conference

Posted by Lisa Appiarius on Fri, Sep 13, 2013

As meeting planners we are afforded the opportunity to attend conferences both as planners that handle the conference logistics, and as attendees.  I have had the good fortune to work with our client’s attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.  This has allowed me to gain a networkingbetter perspective of what they are seeking to achieve at a conference.  One thing they all have in common is that they want great networking opportunities to build on their business.  Whether they are an attendee, an exhibitor or a sponsor, they have a common goal of making new connections and building on existing relationships to help propel their business interests forward.  I often attend events myself that are touted as “Networking Events”, not always the case.  I just attended an event this week for business matchmaking and there was absolutely no opportunity to network with other attendees, other than to be present at your scheduled meetings.  This is a huge lost opportunity.  YIKES!

There are so many goals and so little time to accomplish everything you want at your annual conference.  You have two to three days to squeeze everything in.  You have General Sessions, Plenaries, Work Shops and Break-outs.  You have sponsors and exhibitors that are looking to you to help them market their product or service.  You have a responsibility to your attendees as well.  So how do you make sure that all of these folks get a bang for their buck?  How do you make sure that you ultimately have a well received conference that will result in successful events for years to come?

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Topics: Networking

How Social is too Social for Meeting Planners?

Posted by Justina Treventi on Thu, Sep 27, 2012

As a member of the event planning industry, more than likely our job requires us to attend various social functions throughout the year. While it may not be a bullet point in our job description, whether a planner or a supplier, we are require

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Topics: Networking

Tips for meeting professionals to break the ice!

Posted by Sarah Hughes on Thu, Aug 16, 2012

I recently attend the MPI WEC 2012 event in St. Louis, Missouri. There I met many people also from the hospitality industry and expanded my knowledge of the field.networking, break the ice

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Topics: Networking