Are you wondering where all the meeting planners are this week? Right now PCMA’s annual conference, Convening Leaders, is in full swing at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. As I have outlined in an earlier post, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is hosting their annual convention which concludes January 16. And if you are serious about meeting and event planning, then a membership in this association is a must.
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Event Planning Education for a Changing Industry
Education plays a key role in every industry. A lot of what we’re seeing at this year’s Convening Leaders Conference is how technology is helping to shape the meetings and events industry moving forward. At times many of us view new technology as an added burden to our already hectic schedules. However, as many attendees are finding out, we should be embracing technology that will assist us in our day-to-day roles. Corbin Ball gave an excellent presentation on technology for small offices and home office environments. A term that is known as SOHO (small office, home office).
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Here at Plan an Event we couldn’t agree more regarding the importance of education for our industry today. Part of the focus of this blog, in addition to providing industry news and information, is geared towards the meeting and event educators and students. We salute the educators as they are helping to shape and train our future leaders. Students play a crucial role as well. They are the ones that are taking the baton and moving our industry forward. PCMA has maintained an active role in promoting meeting and event planning education.
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What Meeting and Event Planners Are Saying about This Year”s Conference
PCMA has created the hash tag #pcmacl so that anyone can follow the conference updates in real-time on twitter. Below are a few of the top tweets with this hash tag:
Event planning education is crucial to ensure that our industry stays current. For those of us that are experienced in the industry, the challenge is to embrace technology that will help us improve and do our jobs more effectively.