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Ask the Expert – Mentoring

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Jul 25, 2017
Question: We have some new staff that joined our organization fresh from college. While they are quite intelligent, they have limited business experience. How would you suggest we help them “Learn the Ropes” so they are more valuable to us quickly?

Holiday Party for the Win!

Mallory Mondloch, Pinstripes | Jul 25, 2017
Summer is zooming by! Back to school sales will be up in the next two weeks and then before you can blink, it will be back to Chi-beria and time to look forward to the holidays! July is the best time to get to work on the details for your company holiday party to secure the space, date and time that will ensure the highest turnout.

The Tipping Point when Demanding becomes Commanding - Hero Habit #4: BE ALL IN

Michael Hahn | Jul 25, 2017
Why are some people so difficult to work with? Ever wonder why some folks can drive us crazy while others can leave us feeling happy? It’s because each of us is wired differently and when we meet people who are wired opposite to us, we can’t relate and it can drive us crazy…

AV Production Trends of 2017

Soraya Herbert | Jul 11, 2017
Creating an experiential atmosphere for your attendees is what turns an event into a production that keeps everyone on their toes!

Ask the Expert - Networking Through the Summer

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Jul 11, 2017
With the weather being more conducive to be outside you need to pick activities that match with the weather. Consider getting three of your business colleagues out on the golf course. That gives you two to four hours of time with them and an opportunity to really grow your professional friendship with them. Golf is one of the best business sports. The 19th hole is very important!

Trends with Benefits: Diversity in Hospitality

Sasha Sook, CMP | Jul 11, 2017
In today’s workforce, the demographic of employees is becoming much more diverse. People from all different cultures, ages, economic status and gender are coming together to create successful businesses. It is important for creativity and idea generation to have a diverse workforce.

IPA Leadership: How to Craft and Serve Flavor Full Event Experiences

Barbara Rozgonyi, CoryWest Media LLC | Jun 27, 2017
What’s an IPA? Your first thought was probably not the International Phoenician Alphabet. Was it India Pale Ale - the most popular type of craft beer? Now that you’re feeling thirsty, here’s a three-part recipe to craft and serve flavor full event experiences. First presented at MPI Potomac’s MACE17 conference, IPA Leadership stands for Influence, Purpose, and Advocacy.

Ask the Expert – Being a Student as an Adult

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | Jun 27, 2017
It has been some time since I was in school and feel that I need to update part of my knowledge. Can you give me some idea of how I might get started?

MPI-CAC 2016-17 Annual Meeting Minutes

MPI CAC | Jun 15, 2017
MPI-CAC 2016-17 Annual Meeting Minutes

Latest Tech Devices that will Dominate 2017

Soraya Herbert, DAHLIA+ | Jun 13, 2017

3 Keys to Assume Positive Intent – Hero Habit #2

Michael Hahn | Jun 13, 2017
You had a bad feeling about that client before you started, but you went against your gut and took the project anyway. Now you are knee deep in challenges and your inner villain is weaving a story about how your client is trying to sabotage you… How can you shift from Assuming Negative Intent to Assuming Positive Intent? Here are three keys to ensure you show up as a hero and not the villain.

Three questions the right caterer will ask YOU!

Mallory Mondloch, Pinstripes | Jun 13, 2017
Logistical issues that arise the day of the event may involve the simplest of miscommunication but create the biggest headaches. Ask the caterer these three questions for a successful event!

Hero Habit #1: Design Your Life as a Winnable Game

Michael Hahn | May 30, 2017
Remember your last brutal day at work? That’s great…because we need to be challenged otherwise we get bored, complacent and lazy. But when is too much challenge bad for us? If it’s causing unrelenting stress, frustration and overwhelm that’s a sign it’s gone too far…

Ask the Expert – Give Yourself a Time Out

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | May 30, 2017
Question: Recently I went through a career changing experience and I have to tell you it came as quite a shock. How do you suggest I get my focus back and start the process of finding a new career?


Rachael Riggs, CMP | May 30, 2017
One point first, in case you are wondering what the difference between a CVB and a DMO is…basic answer, there isn’t. The CVB world is trying to get away from using CVB and switching to DMO. With any change, it takes time, but just know there is no difference. Many DMOs are have different names ie:Tourism Vancouver, Choose Chicago and Visit Indy. They are all they same types of organizations.

In Memory - Maureen Beck

Joyce Paschall, CAE, CMP-HC, CMM | May 17, 2017
Local industry professional and friend to many of us, Maureen Beck passed away May 5, 2017, from cancer. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones

How to Add Influence [and ROI] to Your Meeting and Event Marketing

Barbara Rozgonyi, CoryWest Media LLC | May 17, 2017
Truth: Social influencers are already at your meeting or event. So...what happens when you turn on social influencer marketing? One study shows social influencer marketing delivers 11x higher returns than any other form of digital marketing ROI.

Ask the Expert – Top Golf

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | May 17, 2017
Question: I have seen the notices for the event at Top Golf but am unsure about the format of the event. Can you shed some light on it?

Communication Tools

Beth DeFrates | May 17, 2017
Your event communication strategy should not only include a detailed timeline, but a plan for the types of communication tools that will be utilized throughout the show cycle. Here is a list of some key tools to communicate with your attendees

Ask the Expert

Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP | May 4, 2017
Question: We are in the planning stages of our next annual company meeting. In the past I have heard people say they attend because they must but do not get much from the meeting. How can I get my people more engaged?

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