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On behalf of the MPI BC Chapter, we hope all members had a productive, relaxing, and memorable summer.  As back-to-school time is upon us, we are beginning to accept the falling leaves and cloudy skies as Fall approaches.  This is a great time to really focus on reconnecting with colleagues, and making new contacts with fellow MPI members as we begin a new year of events, growth, and connections. To kick off the school year, MPI BC Chapter is excited to be hosting its first Fall event, the September Schmooze 2017 to refresh, reignite, and rejuvenate the members’ motivation and networking within the event planning industry.  ...
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On June 13 th , MPI British Columbia Chapter hosted its annual June Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver.  This year’s gala, playfully titled “MPI-Opoly”, brought together MPI members, local professionals, and guests for an evening of board game themed fun, decadent dinner, and a silent auction stocked with a wide array of getaways, experiences, and goodies ready to bid on.  In addition to the networking, celebration, and fun that MPI-Opoly offered, this event also held another important element, the recognition of the hardworking MPI members that committed their time and skills to the Chapter this year. The award categories ...
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The following article posted on MeetingsNet discusses the importance of authentic experiences to Millennials in their travels, and how event planners can incorporate this into their events to have a lasting impact on millennials.  Singapore Tourism Board Singapore’s Marina Bay skyline Authentic Experiences Fuel Millennial Travel, and the Meetings Industry Must Adapt Content Sponsored by: In 2016, an important threshold was crossed in the American business-travel segment: The Millennial generation became the largest group of business travelers. One hallmark ...
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2017 Event Trends

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The following article by Daniel Johnson posted on Wethink goes over 2017’s event trends and predictions.  What You Need to Know: The Best 2017 Event Trends By Daniel Johnson , April 5, 2017 2016 was a watershed moment for event planning. Traditional events rapidly gave way to experience planning as more event planners and organizers started recognizing that events need to be more than just a series of workshops and speakers. 2016 saw a distinct focus on handheld consumer technology and personalization as key event trends, with a heavy incorporation of social media tools like Instagram Stories, Facebook Live, and Snapchat ...
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The following article posted on Meetings and Conventions by Loren G. Edelstein discusses the pet peeves of both planners and suppliers and how we mindful of these when working together. Planners and Suppliers Pledge to Resolve Each Other's Top Pet Peeves Planners share too little information and expect too many concessions. Suppliers are inundated with requests for proposal and unrealistic turnaround times. These and other common pain points are hurting the meetings industry. Finding solutions was the objective of an interactive session, "Pet Peeves Exposed: What Really Irks Planners and Suppliers," presented by Shawna Suckow, ...
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The following article posted on Successful Meetings by Matt Alderton talks about balancing your mental work load.   How to Lighten Your Mental Load How to Achieve Work/Life Balance by Matt Alderton | April 27, 2017 Some days, it probably feels like you're carrying a lead balloon on your shoulders. The reason could be that you're carrying around a lot of extra weight in the form of unfinished tasks, suggests Entrepreneur.com contributor John Rampton. "We all put off that one thing: the phone call to your insurance company, cleaning up your desk, changing the batteries in the smoke alarms," explains Rampton. "If you have unfinished ...
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The following article posted on Wethink by Michelle Rees goes over some steps you can take to assist you in landing a role as a corporate event manager.  Landing the Job as a Corporate Event Manager By Guest Author , April 28, 2017   Finding a job in events is tough. But being an event manger , I believe, is one of the best jobs in the world if you find the right one. Obviously, I’m biased, but I believe one of the best event roles is as an in-house, corporate manager, as for the past 10 years I have been lucky enough to work as one in the law field. I also actually do love Mondays, which not many people can say. If ...
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Post Conference Reports

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The following article posted on Meetings Canada by Judy Allen has some helpful tips and tricks for your post-conference reports. The Art of Writing a Post-Conference Report An increasingly important part of meetings and incentive programmes , food and beverage offers a myriad of imaginative and first-rate choices for attendees and groups alike. A post-conference history is a valuable resource used much like a blueprint that provides a solid foundation on which to build future events. One of the very first questions an event planner or venue will ask for is an event history. This information aids them in many ways. There is an art to designing ...
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The following article posted on FastCompany by Stephanie Vozza goes over six things that may be holding you back at work and how to remedy them. These Six Things Are Likely Holding You Back At Work Breaking yourself of these habits and beliefs can help set you up for success. [Photo: Goumbix via Pixabay] BY STEPHANIE VOZZA 04.26.17 | 10:00 AM When it comes to running your day, it’s easy to get swept up in distractions and tasks that don’t move you forward. The average person loses up to three hours each day due to interruptions from phone calls, email and coworkers, according to a study by ...
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The following article posted on BIZBASH by Ian Zelaya discusses live streamed events and other platform being used at events that help connect with attendees. How the Tribeca Film Fest Is Embracing Multiple Storytelling Platforms, Why Yahoo Is Banking on Live-Streamed Business Events, Cleveland Cavaliers Launch AR Game for Attendees By Ian Zelaya April 20, 2017, 8:19 AM EDT 1. HOW THE TRIBECA FILM FEST IS EMBRACING MULTIPLE STORYTELLING PLATFORMS: In recent years, more and more film festivals have had to juggle presenting films along with other filmed storytelling platforms such as virtual reality, digital ...
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The following article posted on Marketing Insider Group by  Michael Brenner  talks about using Twitter as a platform to engage people leading up to your event.  6 RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL EVENT PROMOTION ON TWITTER By Michael Brenner  Posted April 25, 2017  In Social Media   Successful event promoting isn’t just about informing – it’s about engaging . Get people excited, curious, and feeling like they can’t miss out on your event. Or, they’ll definitely be out of the industry loop. Then, the real gold at the end of the rainbow. Keep the buzz going afterwards as attendees discuss what they learned on social media, share ...
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Salary Conversations

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The following article posted on Fast Company by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer goes over some typical salary conversations and discusses some possible responses to these scenarios.   Exactly What To Say In These Four Common Salary Conversations Talking about money can be tense, but here’s how to prepare–no matter what turn your negotiation takes. [Source photo: MJ_Prototype/iStock] BY EILEEN HOENIGMAN MEYER—GLASSDOOR 04.17.17 | 10:00 AM Ask any job seeker or employee about salary negotiations and one of the most popular responses is, “I would negotiate but I don’t know what to say.” Having the right words to ...
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The following article from Bizbash by Mitra Sorrells discusses event marketing tools and which ones are most effective in driving attendance.  Report: Which Event Marketing Tools Drive Attendance? Find out how marketing strategies have evolved since 2013, and which tools are deemed most effective. By Mitra Sorrells April 4, 2017, 7:00 AM EDT ADD TO IDEABOOK The CEIR survey found that marketers have tightened their strategy, away from what Drapeau calls a “spray and pray” mentality to a more sophisticated use of key tools that are proving to be effective at attracting event attendees. Photo: ...
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Promoting Event Activites

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  The following article posted on Wethink by Robyn Davis discusses the responsibility of promoting event activities. Whose Responsibility is it to Promote Event Activities? By Guest Author , February 23, 2017 In an ideal world, every event would go off without a hitch – there’d be plenty of happy people, plenty of fun/productivity (depending on your goals), and plenty of praise to go around at the end. Unfortunately, in this real world, even with as awesome as events can be, many still have room for improvement and, instead of praise, many professionals find themselves in a finger pointing frenzy once their events are ...
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The following article posted on MeetingsNet by Sue Pelletier talks about how to better engage Millennials in your next meeting.  Thinkstock by Getty Images MEETINGS FUEL What Tomorrow’s Leaders Want—but Aren’t Getting—from Today’s Meetings A new U.K. study finds some disconnects between what Millennials value in meetings and what conference organizers offer. Sue Pelletier | Apr 13, 2017 Career development opportunities are a key motivator for 80 percent of people considering whether or not to attend a meeting, according to a recent study. Meeting organizers, ...
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Onsite Inventory

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The following article posted on  MeetingsNet by Christy Lamagna talks about what items you should have in your onsite inventory.  Thinkstock by Getty Images MEETINGS FUEL Yes, You Can Take It with You—But Do You Really Want To? Why planners need to be strategic about creating an inventory of supplies they’ll need onsite. Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM 1 | Apr 12, 2017 Every event strategist lives for that moment when we can magically produce the right thing in a time of need. Of course, as is the case with all magical feats, it takes practice and preparation ...
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  MPI British Columbia Congratulates Heather Sharpe   MPI BC Chapter is thrilled to announce Heather Sharpe for being recognized as one of Smart Meetings Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings honouree in the Entrepreneur category for 2017. The Top 50 Smart Women are selected from hundreds of nominations. Each of the 50 women named holds significant positions in the events and meetings industry and have excelled in their profession. Heather is an Event Producer for Sherpa Group Events Inc located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Heather’s love for her job comes from being able to combine both her creative and logistical sides while event managing. ...
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  MPI British Columbia Announces Alexis Kereluk as Connect Corporates 40 Under 40 Honouree   MPI BC Chapter is thrilled to announce Alexis Kereluk was named one of Connect Corporates 2017 40 Under 40 honourees. The 40 Under 40 award recognizes the Meeting Architects who are ambitious in creating an exciting future for corporate meetings and events. Connect reviews submissions from colleagues and peers and searches for the nominees who meet the criteria of expanding the future for corporate meetings and events.   Alexis is a partner of ConnectSeven Group specializing in strategy and research for socio-economic organizations and tourism. Alexis ...
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On April 6 th , MPI British Columbia Chapter was delighted to host a local event in partnership with ILEA Vancouver Chapter and PCMA Canada West in celebration of the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.  Events were held on this day all around the world in a collective goal to recognize the impact of meetings and events as an industry.  It has been 21 years since Canada began celebrating National Meetings Industry day, and being the grassroots for this program inspired Canadians event professionals to come together, collaborate and bring forth a globally-recognized day to celebrate the positive impact that our industry ...
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The ILEA Vancouver Chapter and The MPI BC Chapter win at the 2017 Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala Dinner & Celebration   We are thrilled to announce that the ILEA Vancouver Chapter and the MPI BC Chapter were awarded Best Event Produced by an Association, Board or Committee for “It’s a Wonderful Life: The ILEA Vancouver and MPI BC Chapter Holiday Event” at the 2017 Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala Dinner & Celebration on March 30, in Toronto, at the Paramount Event Space .   All entries were judged by an esteemed panel of experts who represent a diverse cross section of the industry and offer a breadth of knowledge on the critical ...
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