Association Tips

Smart Monday Serves up Cutting Edge Content for IMEX America #imex14

Once again, MPI and other association partners provided IMEX America attendees with a full day of free pre-trade show education, training, workshops. and networking. In total, 30 concurrent sessions and deep dives have been presented. Here are a few highlights. Association partners that teamed up...read more

Robert's Rules of Order Refresher for Formal Meetings

While meetings in the US and Canada tend to be informal, in some countries formal meetings are still the order of the day. Familiarity with Robert's Rules of Order, which dates back to 1876,  is important for event planners who work internationally and also for those who serve on boards and work for...read more

9 Tips for Using Dedicated Meeting Concierges

Last week we discussed the benefits of dedicated meeting concierges for event planners, the hotel, and clients. To ensure that you integrate integrate dedicated concierges into your event effectively, here are 9 tips. Tips for Using Dedicated Concierges Stress the need for flexibility. It's pretty...read more

Meeting Generously: Create a VIP Giving Experience

by Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Competitors pose for a quick picture before teeing off in the MSP Love Josh Williams Golf Tournament. This VIP event raises funds for the Midwest Sports Production’s Love Fund’s Scholarships. Associating your organization with a cause is more...read more

Meeting Generously: Make It Personal

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Attendees at an event held at the Culinary Center of Kansas City wrote personal notes of encouragement to include with food packages that went to three local charities – Mattie Rhodes Center, Lazarus Ministries and Ronald McDonald House. The...read more

Meeting Generously: Provide a Change of Scenery

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Members from several Garden Railway Societies volunteered to build the “Old Town” display in the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden’s Train Garden. The National Garden Railway Convention was hosted in Overland Park in 2011. When it...read more

Meeting Generously: Fight Hunger Together

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB During the OPCVB’s Fall 2013 Familiarization Tour, attendees took the time to fight hunger together by competing in a peanut butter and jelly making contest. This breakout session, established by the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the...read more

Managing Volunteers? Learn from the Lutherans

According to a Bureau of Labor report in March, the overall volunteer rate of Americans last year was the lowest since 2002, when the bureau began tracking volunteer service. While volunteers are a big part of almost every convention, for religious groups they are crucial, often constituting 80...read more

Meeting Generously: Organize a Collection Drive

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB The Overland Park hospitality community hosted a penny drive for the American Baptist Churches as part of their national campaign “The Penny Project,” which goes to support their ministry efforts. When it comes to planning meetings and...read more

5 Easy Steps to Encourage Meeting Attendees to Use New Apps

If an association's or company's demographics fit a tech savvy profile, there it likely isn't too hard to encourage meeting attendees to use new apps. What if attendees aren't yet comfortable using apps? I have worked with companies that run the gamut from a high level of comfort to nervousness to...read more
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