Event planning conferences are a great way to further your career as well as network with industry colleagues. In this age we’re becoming very accustomed to conducting our meetings virtually however having some face-to-face time with educators and peers within your industry is a great way to stay connected. As 2012 approaches a couple of the industry’s largest associations members will be getting ready for their annual or regular meetings.
Event Planning Conferences Are Great Places to Share Ideas
I know a lot of you are either working for yourselves or working in larger organizations where cost-cutting measures have become mainstream. And quite often as part of these cost-cutting measures travel is put under the microscope. However investing in yourself, in my opinion, is never money wasted. That’s not to say that each and every conference is a must to attend. Rather you should look at the conference outline to see if there are educational components that you feel would benefit you in your career. Then see if your budget allows for you to attend those conferences which you deemed educational. Conferences always have networking events. And let’s face it networking events can be a lot of fun as they are very social in nature. We all need to relax and unwind every now and then. But networking events can also be a great way to get new ideas as well as share some of your ideas. I often leave conferences with several ideas that I can implement both for my clients events as well as my own business.
There Are Several Event Planning Conferences to Choose from
MPI, or Meeting Professionals Incorporated, has a great events and education page on their website. On their site you can see a list of upcoming events whether it be the European meetings and events conference in January 2012 or information on WEC 2012 held later in the year. There’s also information regarding certification programs here as well. Some of the information is only accessible in the members only area so if you’re not a member you may want to consider joining to gain full access to this robust site.
PCMA, or Professional Convention Management Association, has an upcoming annual meeting from January 8-11, 2012. This is a perfect time of year for meeting and event planners as they are typically the least busy at the beginning of the year. Obviously planned this way for a reason. This year’s PCMA conference is being held in San Diego. This conference is very educational in format. You will always see the industry’s heaviest hitters at this conference.
So as 2012 approaches why not make a New Year’s resolution to further your career. And there’s no better way to do that then attending an industry conference. Not only will you gain valuable knowledge on how to perform certain functions of your job you’ll also get to network with industry colleagues.