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As one of the keynote speakers at IncentiveWorks, Curt Steinhorst delivered an impactful speech about how distracted we all are by constant connectivity. We can be connected with anyone, anywhere, anytime—but that means that we are. We send 500 million tweets per day, post 2.2 million “Likes” on Facebook every minute and the average teenager sends 4,000 texts per month. Steinhorst spent years studying the impact of technology on human behaviour and provides some tips on how to be more productive in our age of distraction.

Here are some of the topline findings:


Freedom App:

Steinhorst uses this app on a daily basis. This app won’t let him access the Internet until his focused work is done. The app works by blocking access to websites and distracting apps so that you can singularly focus on what needs to be accomplished. In essence, it makes productivity a habit.


Focus your Energy:

Be present. Multi-tasking doesn’t work. Focus for a limited amount of time on your most vital task in a place where you have walls to keep yourself in, or others out. You need to be in an unreachable stationary place to accomplish set goals.


Lock it Up:

Steinhorst locks his phone up in his glove box so he won’t get distracted. Try it for a half hour.



Is this task an elephant, rabbit or squirrel? Using this animal analogy helps Steinhorst organize his day. Elephants are the hard work that needs to be done to propel a business goal forward. Rabbits are the things you need to do, but not do first, and squirrels are the small, easy to do tasks that can be done after your most vital tasks are taken care of. Sometimes you won’t be able to complete an elephant task in a day, but breaking it into smaller manageable pieces allows you to use your best resources on getting it done.



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Meetings Outlook
The latest issue of the MPI Meetings Outlook suggests that planners sharpen their formidable negotiation skills even more. Citing scarce meeting space and a supplier’s market, planners need to actively work with clients to provide hotels with evidence that their programs are worthy pieces of business. Food and beverage prices are also increasing as well as the added cost of providing special dietary and religious meals. Not surprisingly, technology continues to shape the reality of live events, with planners expecting virtual attendance at meetings to continue to rise.


Spend It
Utilizing its database of 40 million users, Concur, a provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, released the State of Business Travel 2016. In the report, the company created six travel personas that showcase the buying habits, preferences and generational drivers of corporate road warriors. Some companies may want to tailor their travel programs to suit the unique needs of their different travellers. Younger employees may book on mobile devices and add in extra time for bleisure trips, while older employees are more concerned with comfort and convenience. The report indicates there was a dramatic 56 per cent growth in usage in home-sharing services like AirBnB, HomeAway and VRBO.


Student Loans a Big Benefit?
With the annual back-to-school routine now in full swing, this article from Forbes magazine highlights an unusual type of company benefit that makes sense. With new hires, some US-based companies are offering a pilot program to pay down a portion of their new employee’s student loans. The program at PwC provides an optional benefit of $1,200 a year for up to six years, directly towards student loan repayment. The company says the benefit helps to recruit and retain top talent.

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MPI Atlantic Canada
President's Welcome Reception

Sept. 27, 2016

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

Why go:
Meet the new president of the MPI Atlantic chapter and celebrate long-standing members.

MPI More to Meetings

Sept. 22, 2016

Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

Why go:
This luncheon event is geared to administrative assistants who plan events as part of their work responsibilities. This complimentary inaugural event will introduce you to resources of the meeting planning industry.

2016 FICP Fall Symposium

Sept. 28 – 30, 2016

Fairmont Banff Springs

Why go: Multiple educational sessions and great networking come together in the natural beauty of Banff.

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Event Specialist
In this position you will book and plan meetings at PwC. You will also assist with ongoing event projects and support the event management service group execute events and conferences. You will regularly interact with other PwC stakeholders, including partners, staff, suppliers and on-site conference staff. You will have a minimum of three years of external business experience with demonstrated skills in event planning, and a desire to achieve a CMP designation in event planning.

Event Assistant, Convening
The Conference Board of Canada is searching for an experienced administrative/event assistant to provide support to the event team. You will be responsible for the coordination of all speaker information and work closely with program developers to ensure the timely exchange of information and communication with speakers and the event programmer. You will create and proofread delegate lists and badges, and attend events in Ottawa and other Canadian cities (as required), and process and submit expenses for the event planner after each event.

Senior Corporate Event Planner
As a member of the marketing and event team for OpenText, based in Waterloo, you will be managing projects from site selection to event completion, including annual conferences, incentive trips, sales meetings and trade shows. You will also act as project management with conference websites. You will need at least seven years of experience in marketing and event planning in a high tech or agency environment, excellent budget and financial management skills and either have or be in the process of attaining CMP designation.

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