EventWise

Critical Future Skills for the Meeting Professionals of Tomorrow

Critical Future Skills for the Meeting Professionals of Tomorrow Eventwise is a daring 15-month micro-event series, which dives into the future skills necessary to be job-relevant and future-ready in the meeting and event industry. Each class is worth 1.5 clock hours of EIC credit for a total 22.5 hours of education toward CMP certification or recertification. Complete 10 of 15 courses and earn an Eventwise: Future-Ready Event Professional certificate.

Eventwise: Network-Building

November 17, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

The future success of all sectors, most especially the meeting and event industry, will rely on the ability of leaders to build networks and communities of value for customers and clients, be they internal or external. And there are a whole series of subskills meeting professionals can use to bolster their capabilities to build strong and lasting networks of people—all with the purpose of experiences that move people to change in some way. What critical skills are necessary to build strong, passionate and active communities of people, and how do you apply those skills to your role designing experiences that matter for your business.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply networking-building skills to your job.
  • Practice network-building in meaningful ways.
  • Determine in what ways network-building benefits individual meetings and events in unique ways.

Eventwise: Emotional Intelligence

December 15, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Emotional Intelligence is defined by the ability to observe, use, comprehend and control emotions and identified by the ability to interact with others empathetically and thoughtfully. Applying the tenets of emotional intelligence to the design of inclusive and welcoming experiences is fast becoming a sought-after skill for meeting and event professionals seeking to have out-sized impact on their businesses and organizations. People with well-practiced emotional intelligence exhibit empathy for others, admit to mistakes, tell meaningful stories and recognize the power of emotions.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply emotional intelligence skills to your job.
  • Practice emotional intelligence in meaningful ways.
  • Self-examine your emotional intelligence and identify gaps for skill proficiency.

Eventwise: Improvisation

January 19, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Improvisation is spontaneous or unscripted creation or performance—and believe it or not, it’s a future skill desired by employers for a risk-ready workforce. Great improvisation requires the abilities to accept and enhance an overture (yes, and), tell a story, listen, focus and react quickly. When you consider the onsite event experience, it’s easy to imagine how improvisation applies to a variety of challenges meeting professionals face, from unforeseen surprises and hiccups to dangerous safety incidents—and everything in between. So, what skills do improvisers have and how can you apply those skills to your role? Improvisation also transfers to other critical job skills like creativity and active listening.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply improvisation skills to your job.
  • Practice improvisation in meaningful ways.
  • Apply improvisation techniques to other future-ready skills.

Eventwise: Persuasion

February 16, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Which of your favorite leaders could convince you to join this critical discussion of how the art of persuasion can impact your role, meetings and business? What key traits do they possess? Persuasion often requires credible authority and likability. But people can also be persuaded to act if they believe something is scarce (hello, toilet paper) or if the action is a popular one among their peers. Persuasion plays a key role in everything we do as meeting professionals, particularly as we seek the strategist role of the future, one upon which key stakeholders rely for critical decisions related to how meetings fuel organization-wide growth and KPI achievement.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply persuasion principles to your job.
  • Practice persuasion in meaningful ways.
  • Persuade key leaders and stakeholders on critical decisions and meeting impacts.

Eventwise: Conflict Management

March 16, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Any time two or more people engage, the possibility of discord, disagreement or friction exists. Resolving conflict, with the aim of minimizing negative results and maximizing positive outcomes is a critical future-proof skill, particularly for meeting professionals who engage with multiple stakeholder groups. From gaining consensus on meeting objectives and balancing stakeholder needs to finding resolution to onsite disagreements, meeting professionals engage in conflict management on a near-daily basis. What are the most common methodologies, approaches and strategies for conflict management and how can you employ them as a meeting professional to minimize friction and risk and maximize results for yourself, your team, your meetings and your organization?

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply conflict management solutions to your job.
  • Practice conflict management in meaningful ways.
  • Minimize disruption and negative impacts while maximizing positive results related to conflicts and disputes.

Eventwise: Tech Fluency

April 20, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Like speaking more than one language, tech fluency connotes a deep understanding of how technology—regardless of type—plays a critical role in the design of experiences that matter for organizations. From digital event platforms to AI and automation, rapid advancements in technology are changing the landscape of solutions and tools available to meeting professionals to drive positive change for their businesses and their stakeholders. But how do you gain proficiency in this elusive skill and how do you use that proficiency as a lens through which to make smart decisions for your organization?

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply tech fluency to your job and the decisions you make.
  • Practice tech fluency in meaningful ways.
  • Use tech fluency as a lens to making smart decisions for your business and stakeholders.

 

Eventwise: Change Management

May 18, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Change management is less about the change itself and more about the people it impacts. Fortunately, there are a variety of different methods and methodologies for change implementation for businesses and their stakeholders. As organizations seek to become nimbler and more proactive to market conditions, technological advances and customer needs, meeting professionals increasingly must exhibit and utilize change management skills to ensure the achievement of stakeholder goals and objectives and return on investment.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply change management methodologies to your job.
  • Practice change management in meaningful ways.
  • Ensure that you and your team are enabled and ready to embrace change for goal achievement.

Eventwise: Global Competence

June 22, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Global competence represents the spectrum of skills, values and attitudes that make an individual uniquely positioned to thrive in a diverse and interconnected environment. People who exhibit global competence showcase empathy, respect for differences, curiosity, collaboration and self-awareness. And global competence is a critical skill for meeting professionals operating across borders and welcoming stakeholders and participants from around the world. Grow you global competence and find ways in which you can be an even greater global citizen, strategist and designer. Join us for this exploration of global competence and discover key ways you can more thoughtfully apply best practice as a meeting professional of the future.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply global competence to your job and your interactions with your team and stakeholders.
  • Practice global competence in meaningful ways.
  • Apply global competence to the design of experiences that matter for your business and participants.

Eventwise: Problem Sensitivity & Solving

July 20, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Problem sensitivity is the ability to recognize when something is wrong or likely to go wrong while problem-solving relates directly to finding solutions to challenges—and both are critical skills for meeting professionals to learn, hone and apply. How can you practice problem sensitivity and what are some of the most common problem-solving strategies and methodologies? Discover how to overcome common barriers to solution-finding like confirmation bias, functional fixedness and irrelevant information and how to use meetings and events as a tool for solving problems for your organization or business.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply problem sensitivity and solving to your job and your meeting design.
  • Practice problem sensitivity and solving in meaningful ways.
  • Apply problem sensitivity and solving to find solutions for your business's biggest challenges.

Eventwise: Data Visualization

August 17, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Using data to make critical meetings decisions and prove the value your meetings have on business goals and objectives is central to the event professional role of the future. And for business owners and stakeholders to understand that value it is also critical for meeting professionals to level-up their ability to translate data into visual context, making it easier to identify patterns and trends. Your goal is to make large data sets coherent using a wide variety of graphs, charts, plots, flows and diagrams. Why is data visualization important; how can you utilize this unique skill set to further your meetings, business and career; and what tools are available to help you communicate value to, and make smart decisions for, your business and stakeholders?

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply data visualization techniques in your communications with key stakeholders.
  • Practice data visualization in meaningful ways.
  • Use data visualization as a means to better decision-making for your meetings and business.

Eventwise: Cognitive Flexibility

September 21, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Cognitive flexibility refers to the ability to switch between function brain states or to adapt thinking and behavior based on changing stimulus and environment. It is critical to learning, resiliency, creativity and life quality. While cognitive flexibility may decrease with age, there are exercises and methodologies for increasing and sustaining this ability and increasing your competence in this area can and will positively impact your work, your strategic thinking and your business value. Discover the importance of cognitive flexibility and how you can use this ability within your role as a meeting professional.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply cognitive flexibility at work.
  • Practice cognitive flexibility in meaningful ways.
  • Understand how to use cognitive flexibility for problem-solving and alterative-solution creation.

Eventwise: Inclusion

October 19, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Through the lens of meeting and event design, inclusion is the act of creating environments in which all individuals or groups are welcomed, respected, supported and valued. An inclusive climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people. It provides the support for people to participate fully in their communities. This support has many variations with respect for the wants, needs and choices of people of varying abilities and backgrounds. Discover the dimensions of diversity, how they can and should positively impact the experiences you design and your role as an inclusion broker in giving a voice to all of your stakeholders and participants.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply inclusion best practices in the design and execution of meetings that welcome everyone.
  • Practice inclusion in meaningful ways.
  • Embrace your role as an inclusion broker to elevate the voices of people of different cultures, systems and backgrounds.

Eventwise: Critical Thinking

November 16, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Critical thinking is the analysis of facts or data to form a judgement. Key to this ability is seeking evidence, examining your own assumptions and bias and using logical reasoning. Critical thinking requires people to recognize problems, gather and interpret data and information, identify relationships therein and draw conclusions. Particularly as our stakeholders across sectors confront mis- and disinformation, critical thinking becomes a key component to ensuring the success of our meetings and our businesses.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply critical thinking into your decision-making and event design processes.
  • Practice critical thinking in meaningful ways.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to better understand your stakeholders and participants.

Eventwise: Decision-Making

December 14, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Decision-making is the ability to select a course of action or inaction, depending on a final choice. Problem-solving requires the existence of a challenge of some type, while decision-making begins with a series of objectives. Information from the problem-solving process may help in making decisions. And decisions are critical for business growth and success. Ultimately, the role of the meeting professional is to make decisions about how meetings and events can be used as business tools to fuel the achievement of goals and objectives. Those decisions can be made easier by utilizing a variety of prescriptive steps.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply decision-making methodologies to the design of experiences that matter for your business.
  • Practice decision-making in meaningful ways.
  • Utilize a series of prescriptive steps to make better decisions for your meetings and your business.

Eventwise: Creativity 

October 27, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Clock hours: 1.5

Creativity as a job skill is more than the use of imagination or the origination of new ideas, it’s applying creative methodologies and using the science of creativity to drive innovation in any number of areas, including the design of experiences that matter for businesses. While creativity is a combination of genetics and experience, it is likely more of the latter, which means that if we practice creativity, we can build proficiency for using it more meaningfully at work. As meeting professionals seek to explore how their organization’s portfolio of meetings impacts growth and goal achievement, creativity will become an all-more critical skill for designing consequential experiences that matter.

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Acquired Skills

  • Thoughtfully apply creative thinking methodologies to your job.
  • Practice creativity in meaningful ways.
  • Explore the concept of creativity through play, practice and experience.

Course Fee      

PRICE PER COURSE: 
$34.99 members / $49.99 non-members

BUNDLE PRICE:
$499 members / $699 non-members