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2018 Education (2019 Coming Soon)

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Tuesday, Nov. 13
2-3 p.m. | Master Class

Presented by Jim Spellos

What would you do if something happened to you (or a colleague or attendee) while running an event? What may save your life (or someone else's) is the mobile device that is always at your side. But do you have it prepared to be of use in case of an emergency?

3:30-4:30 p.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Jim Spellos

So you are aware of the latest recent technology trends, and know that they can and will impact what we do in the hospitality industry. But you just haven’t had the time to dive deeper and get your hands on them to have that “a-ha” moment to determine how you can use them for your organization. Here’s your chance, as this interactive session will showcase today’s most critical technologies and provide you with the opportunity to try them out. You will also interact with your peers and learn how they plan on using them as well. Come ready to download, explore and apply these critical tools.

Presented by Darrell Hammond, Sr.

Difficult people are everywhere. Don’t believe me? Just look in the mirror. We all come from different backgrounds and possess different values, perspectives and opinions. This workshop explores how we can develop a shared communication model with others. We will learn about communication styles, and how best to listen and speak to those who appear to be critical and confrontational.

Presented by Austin Johnston

Even consider a big idea to inspire change in the deisgn of your meeting or event? Have you thought what technology could be infused into design elements to really wow your attendees? In this session, you will be provided content design tips, trickes and resources to ensure you keep the bar high. Even having a new outlook on event signage can open your creativity. Join the conversation and walk away with short-term ideas to be implemented immediately into your shows, making them "stories" that are better told.

Presented by Tess Vismale and Panel

As our industry evolves, one thing always remains the same: our relationships. The relationships between planners and suppliers drive our industry forward. Sometimes these relationships are hard, sometimes they are easy. It always depends on what is on the table. So how do we navigate this relationship together? Join your fellow attendees for a candid conversation of hot topics—come prepared with your input on how to better conversations between planners and suppliers!

Presented by Lisa Meller

"Strategic Meetings Management" sounds great in theory, but from the pitch to implementation there seems to be a disconnect. In this session, we uncover what it is, how to simplify it, and how to sell it to the stakeholders. Learn from third party corporate planner Lisa Meller, renowned leadership expert to make the case and make an impact!

Wednesday, Nov. 14
9-10 a.m. | Education Sessions

Presented by Tess Vismale

Whether you have a desk job or find yourself running in an airport, or clocking more than 10,000 steps on your fitbit when onsite, you need to create new habits to keep your health in check. Join us for this habit creation session where you will commit to new ways on how to take care of your body and your overall wellness. These are simple to incorporate in your busy life—you got this! And we are going to be your accountability coach to track your progress and encourage you along the way.

Presented by TBD

Did you know a convention visitors bureau (CVB) or destination marketing organization (DMO) could be one of your best friends—not only when booking business, but beyond that? A CVB does more than sell you a city and help put heads in beds while filling the convention center. Come and hear success stories of how partners worked together, while also learning how to improve future opportunities through collaboration.

Presented by Darrell Hammond, Sr.

Difficult people are everywhere. Don’t believe me? Just look in the mirror. We all come from different backgrounds and possess different values, perspectives and opinions. This workshop explores how we can develop a shared communication model with others. We will learn about communication styles, and how best to listen and speak to those who appear to be critical and confrontational.

Presented by Betsy Bondurant

Meetings Management started out simply enough with meeting managers trying to reduce meeting expenses and mitigate the risk of poorly negotiated contracts. Through its evolution, key components have surfaced such as stakeholder management, strategic sourcing, participant experience, and data analysis. Best practices and trends in Meetings Management design and implementation will be examined.

Presented by Austin Johnston

Even consider a big idea to inspire change in the deisgn of your meeting or event? Have you thought what technology could be infused into design elements to really wow your attendees? In this session, you will be provided content design tips, trickes and resources to ensure you keep the bar high. Even having a new outlook on event signage can open your creativity. Join the conversation and walk away with short-term ideas to be implemented immediately into your shows, making them "stories" that are better told.

10:30-11:45 a.m. | Education Sessions

Join your regional friends for a conversation about trends and new things happening in your area. Planners, head to the area where you are looking to book meetings or live. Suppliers, get ready to share updates and ask questions—the floor is yours!

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