Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. November 7, 2012 Issue

NOVEMBER 7, 2012
Ignite - a spark of inspiration

MPI unveiled their latest research in the Future of Meetings Phase II: White Paper at IMEX America. The Foundation asked 26 thought leaders in other industries to comment on trends they see impacting on face-to-face meetings. Based on the response to this research, the MPI Foundation plans to issue five further supplements on meeting design and technology, meeting design and individual needs, meeting content, meeting communication and meeting distribution. Some key take-aways from the research:

New Markets: Emerging markets in India and China, data use and security and new industry proliferation (notably in neuroscience, energy, biotech and nanotechnology), will require more face-to-face events, while mature industries in health, finance and government will require less.
Meeting Value: Meetings professionals can expect more virtual and hybrid meetings and will need to focus on value and interactivity. Travel affordability and sustainability will pose significant challenges, so planners will need to assure meeting value to outweigh their costs.
Data Security: Overt and covert data gathering will grow and become increasingly integrated among organizations. Meeting planners will need to assess the level of security they will need and create policies to protect their clients and delegates.
Supporting Growth: The need for complex knowledge in new sectors will drive new learning environments and information transfer. Planners will need to view knowledge as know-how and integrate experiential learning into design content.
On- and Off-line Worlds: Both on- and off-line worlds will be seamlessly integrated. Use your off-line events to connect with on-line communities before, during and after events to enhance the perceived value of being there in person. Social networks will become the "clubs" of the future, so strengthen and add value to those relationships through on- and off-line events.
Future Skill Sets: The Phase II experts consulted see meeting planners deepening their future skill sets to people management, content design, information evaluation, data consumption, technology use and new market reach. Look for specialization and specifics versus generalization.

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Association Holiday Events

When: The month of December 2012
Where: Across Canada
Why go:
Various industry associations hold holiday events to celebrate the festive season and raise money for charitable causes.
What’s in it for you: Mix and mingle, say hi to old friends and introduce yourself to someone new. This is your chance to catch up with colleagues after the busy fall season.

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good to know
New Certification for Incentive Travel
Site Global has introduced the Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) certification program for incentive professionals. The two-day group-learning workshop will teach the fundamentals of incentives, the origins of this specialized segment of the meetings industry, the value proposition of motivational programs and the essential elements of an incentive program and budget. The CIS will be a pre-requisite for the CITE certificate and will need to be renewed every three years.
Benchmarking Business Travel
A convergence of factors weigh-in on the latest forecast for 2013 business travel. In Egencia's Global Corporate Travel Forecast, tighter airline capacity, the looming U.S. presidential elections and slow number of new hotel builds were factors contributing to a slight increase in ticket prices and average daily rates for corporate travel in 2013. In Canada, airlines have been slow to increase capacity, although next year will see the launch of a low cost Air Canada subsidiary. The guide recommends that corporate travel managers ensure their supplier targets can be met and to negotiate beyond fares and discounts (i.e., negotiate for waived bag fees, frequent flyer status and upgrades). Booking in advance remains critical to secure less expensive flights, and CTMs should consider routing alternatives. Airlines often price direct flights at a higher premium, so planning one-stop itineraries where time permits is a way to increase savings.
Sometimes, It's Not About the Money
While employee rewards and appreciation are certainly part of a healthy working relationship, this thoughtful piece from Millennial CEO, says keeping motivated and engaged employees is more of an ongoing process that requires nurturing. The article says there are four main tenets to maintaining motivated employees: a clear vision of the company's direction, training and education, meaningful engagement with employees and constant repetition of the above are key to keeping a team invested in the organization. Motivation comes and goes and can change often. The key is continual investment in people, not processes.
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Get Goodwill
The Edmonton-based office of Goodwill Industries of Alberta is looking for an events coordinator for developing, delivering and evaluating all corporate internal and external events. This position is part-time with the possibility of full-time after a six-month evaluation period. Travel to Calgary and Grande Prairie is expected. You'll need at least three years of event experience and the ability to handle multiple projects at once.

A Bridge to Health
A six-month temporary assignment is open at Bridgepoint Health in Toronto for a special events assistant. Reporting to the manager of special events, you'll provide support with the opening of the new hospital and associated fundraising events. Excellent communication skills and a degree or diploma in event management is required.


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