Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Back to Hawaii...

More musings from my trip to Hawaii...

Make sure you always prep and rehearse your leadership if they are presenting in front of a group. Understand if they are comfortable with public speaking and if not, invest in the time to get them comfortable - it pays off tremendously - not only for them to look good, but for the attendees to respect, admire and have confidence in the leadership.

If you are recognizing sponsors, partners, supporter, donors - make sure you have all the names of the companies or individuals who contributed. Nobody likes to be left out, and if they take it the wrong way your opportunity to get them back as a sponsor might be a tad bit more difficult the next time you ask.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

PCMA Connect Update...

Are you signed up for the Annual Meeting yet? If so, have you logged into PCMA Connect to start your networking? No....why not? So far, I have 93 people who will be at the Annual Meeting and who have at least one thing in common with me. Ninety-three people....that's AMAZING. I can't wait to see more of you active - and when you get on and see me on your "map" shoot me an email!

Have fun with PCMA Connect and take advantage of all that it offers!

Spouse Programs & Excursions

I recently returned from a trip to Hawaii where my husband had a business conference. I know, tough job but somebody had to do it! :+) It was a great trip and being as it wasn't work for me I thoroughly enjoyed myself. As part of the meeting registration my husband signed me up for the spouse package - which included 3 breakfasts, a reception (with live music and dancing) and a plated dinner (with live music and dancing). It was quite enjoyable - especially when I wasn't the one having to worry about food allergies, seating charts, etc.

Also as part of the meeting, as Hawaii is an excellent destination for sightseeing, many excursions were planned that were opt-in, with a fee. We took advantage of two trips - both really amazing destinations and activities. It's hard to complain about anything when you're in Hawaii...but without boring you to death with details I'll sum it up as this - if you have a bus full of people out for a period of more than 3-4 hours - please provide snacks and a cooler with at least bottle water for them. People do get thirsty!

My point being this - take a look at the small details of your event - little misses can add up.

As a planner - what are your thoughts? As a supplier to the industry - how do you work with planners to make these events the best they can be?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Exciting stuff in the air

It's been a while since I've written, but I'm back!!!! It's not because I haven't wanted to write - I really have...but you know how it is in the fall - so much to do before the holidays and at PCMA that means being 100% prepared and ready for the Annual Meeting before Thanksgiving - keep your fingers crossed.

Two major initiatives to tell you about - I hope to see you in Seattle so you can tell me what you think of them! You'll find me in PCMA Connect and at the PCMA Pavilion.

PCMA Connect launched yesterday for all attendees of the annual meeting - it's an online networking community. If you are reading this, most likely you are interested in the benefits of online information. The link is: If you are registered you received your login and password yesterday. If you haven't registered - what are you waiting for???

Are you asking yourself what is PCMA Connect - here it is in brief:
PCMA Connect is an intelligent, targeted virtual networking experience created to maximize quality networking opportunities for Annual Meeting registrants.

This simple, user-friendly system allows Annual Meeting registrants to create personal profiles, conduct targeted searches, send intersystem emails, and participate in online forums about the latest industry trends.

PCMA Connect for the Annual Meeting launched on Tuesday, October 16th and will remain active through 2008.

This means that when you connect with people before and during the Annual Meeting - you can keep that connection throughout the year!!!

I also wanted to promote a new area at the Annual Meeting called the PCMA Pavilion. New in 2008, the PCMA Pavilion offers you a respite in the middle of a busy meeting. Created with your needs in mind, the PCMA Pavilion is a comfortable place to meet up with friends and colleagues during the meeting, relax between sessions, or plan out your schedule.

With couches and chairs to relax in, you can also find demonstrations of the new PCMA Website, learn about membership and leadership opportunities, learn about PCMA’s events for 2008, and see demonstrations of PCMA products and services.

I look forward to meeting you all in Seattle - you'll find me in the PCMA Pavilion. But before then you'll find me on PCMA Connect.