Event planning conferences really do prove that when looking to learn everything under one roof is the perfect storm.
Every year when we watch the Grammys we’re blown away by the live performances…no lip syncing here! There are always a few acts who bring their performances up to the next level and blow everyone away (Rickey Martin and Michael Jackson come to mind). I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the Grammys and they’re performing in front of not only a live audience, but also millions of viewers. But I think the main reason is because they’re performing in front of a room full of their peers. That adds a whole bunch of extra pressure to the situation.
Whenever I go to a conference for industry people I always get that Grammy feel of things…that added pressure on the people throwing the conference for industry professionals. And while most of us are forgiving and understanding, there are also a lot of us who expect perfection at all times. Especially in situations like that. Now that’s pressure baby!
Event Planning Conferences – The Point of it All
Almost every industry has annual or semi annual conferences and why should event planners be any different? It gives us the chance to network and share ideas all while seeing how someone else plans and deals with the fun and games that comes along with conference planning. Sweet!
Most of the event planning conferences I have had the pleasure of attending are incredible. Detailed, informative and a heck of a lot of fun. And why not? It’s being planned and run by some of the industry’s best! And I’m almost always able to pickup (aka steal) a few new ideas that I can factor into my own programs. Double sweet!
Event Planning Conferences – Highlighting a Few
While there are several industry organizations, there are a few conferences that are definitely in the must see column.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) – With over 23,000 members worldwide, MPI is one of the leading meeting planner’s organizations. With multiple international events offering education, trade shows and the opportunity to network, MPI is truly the big daddy of event planning conferences.
Special Events Magazine – The Special Event, held by Special Events Magazine, is an industry trade show that covers everything event, conference and meeting planning! The Special Event 2012 is taking place in Tampa Bay and includes information on event tools and resources, design and event management, education and more. The market place alone has almost 200 vendors including suppliers from categories such as entertainment, design and decor, catering and more.
Event Planning Conferences – Why You Should Attend
Now keep in mind I may be a little biased but…I think industry conferences (regardless of industry) are definitely a must attend. They’re a great chance for education, information and networking. I always pick up new and exciting ideas that I can use in future meetings and it’s a great place to connect and reconnect with colleagues, suppliers and clients, both new and old.
Event Planning Conferences are a fantastic way to stay relevant and up to the minute on everything meeting and event planning while having fun and connecting with colleagues both near and far!