14 Dec 2015 [55 days to go!] EMEC16 Copenhagen: Meet Meetovation By Rich Luna!
As Copenhagen is the home of famed author Hans Christian Andersen, be prepared to “write your own story” in interactive sessions.Discover the secret of Danish happiness and work-life balance and immerse yourself in hygge, one of the most commonly used words in Denmark, which has no English translation.Be prepared to be on your feet, actively engaged in an exercise to discover where and how you generate new ideas. Those will be just a few of the concepts at EMEC driven by Meetovation, the “mind-blowing Danish meeting design concept” that will be incorporated into this year’s EMEC. With a special focus on education, inspiration and connections, those behind the innovative meeting approach are hoping the movement gains new believers. “The industry needs to implement all the great thoughts about how to activate delegates and make them participants,” says Karin Krogh, president of the MPI Denmark Chapter and a member of the EMEC 2016 host committee. “There is so much power and knowledge available and it is such a shame not to exploit it. MPI is very courageous to take on the Meetovation meeting design for EMEC, and I really hope it is a point of no return.” Meetovation was developed 10 years ago in Denmark—EMEC general session facilitators Ann Hansen and Bo Krüger are co-developers and have been longtime thought leaders in the approach—and is an approach to meeting design that incorporates the concepts of active involvement, creative setup, responsible thinking and local inspiration, all geared to drive a stronger return on investment for the attendee. It breaks away from the conventional ways of conducting meetings and events. It’s about less one-way communication and more engagement, active participation and involvement and greater insight into the local area, along with a strong commitment to sustainability.     “This is not just a unique Danish thing, but something that raises the level of meeting design,” Krogh says. “It’s a game changer, not a static thing. We force our speakers to work the Meetovation way. They have to engage their audiences. They can’t just lecture. We want to address different learning styles where participants are engaged, not just sitting there.”About 70 percent of EMEC speakers in Copenhagen have never been featured on the EMEC stage previously, and all will embrace principles of Meetovation.   “What is unique for 2016 is the format and platform that is going to be leveraged by implementing Meetovation concepts into our program,” says Pierre Fernandez, Senior Director of European Operations at MPI. “We’re really excited about the Meetovation concept. We’ll continue to address the key topics that we know our attendees in Europe are looking for, so there will be specific sessions addressing meeting design, technology, food and beverage trends and all those key areas. But in every session we’ve committed to delivering in a Meetovation format will be delivered in a very unique way.”  By Rich Luna - Editor in Chief, The Meeting Professional - MPI Please click below for more information about EMEC 2016                      ...
12 Dec 2015 [57 days to go!] EMEC16 Copenhagen "The Place To Be" by Krzysztof Celuch
More about Krzysztof   Krzysztof Celuch, Senior Head of Poland Convention Bureau PTO, Vice-Rector Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Krzysztof joined the meetings industry as a tour leader for a number of DMCs in 2000. As a journalist over a period of six years he published more than 100 articles about the meetings and events industry.Besides his active role in MPI Poland Club (President 2009-2011) and as international volunteer in MPI International Board of Directors, he is a vice-rector at Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. He organizes a student conference: IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum Warsaw and he serves as a jury chairman for MICE Poland Personality of the Year competition and Meeting Planner Power Award. He is a visiting professor at San Diego State University and Warsaw University.Krzysztof has spoken at numerous events including seminars at EIBTM, IMEX and international conferences of different industry associations. Since 2006 he has been working in destination marketing. Currently he is the head of Poland Convention Bureau, which is a part of the Polish Tourist Organisation.He achieved the MPI RISE AWARD for Young Professional Achievement 2010, in 2012 Pacesetter Award for Young Professionals by Convention Industry Council and in 2013 named as future leader in the destination marketing in DMAI’s 30 Under 30 Program. Krzysztof about EMEC and MPI  EMEC - it is not only the best European networking and education event but also a place where we can change the world. To meet and speak to friends with the same problems and challenges is crucial. MPI thinks about our future globally and locally. Thanks to chapters we have the access to local experts but only during European conference you can listen to world-known experts and exchange ideas. This is a truly great experience which I recommend.  Speaker Opportunity MPI is looking for subject matter experts in the areas of technology and innovation for a special speaking opportunity at the upcoming European Meetings and Events Conference 7-9 February 2016. In the event’s EduLab, MPI will be hosting a Knowledge Café on technology and a PechaKucha on innovation and what’s new and next for 2016. If you already plan on attending the EMEC event, and you are a subject matter expert or speaker in one of these areas, email Jessie States for consideration in one of these two formats. Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen! The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. Why should you attend EMEC 2016? To meet one-on-one with qualified corporate & association planners from the US and EuropeTo solidify your future meetings businessTo discover Meetovation: a meeting design concept that aims to create a better learning outcome and an increased return on investment (ROI) by using creative techniquesTo discover Copenhagen: a city with a long track record of sustainable meetings management, voted Europe's Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission.   For more information about EMEC 2016 click here below                                                              ...
10 Dec 2015 [59 days to go!] EMEC16 Copenhagen the Point of NO RETURN – Introducing your EMEC16 facilitators:Ann Hansen & Bo Krüger
They will have you experience the power of Meetovation and introduce you to its principles and ensure you will have an immersive experience and walk away inspired and satisfied. More about Ann and Bo  Ann Hansen - (concept+competence) is a meeting expert and facilitator working with meeting concept design and training.  Ann is a firm believer of creating a meeting format that supports the delivery of the content using facilitated involvement and a high degree of variation and creativity.  Bo Krüger - (Moving Minds) is one of Europe’s leading meeting designers. He is also a speaker, facilitator and writer. He holds a master degree in Pedagogy and has extensive experience as an improv comedy actor. Speaking also at the following session: In addition to facilitating all General Sessions, where they will ensure that this isn’t going to be a boring meeting, you will also have an opportunity to attend one of their signature workshops – “The MeetingDesign Game” The MeetingDesign Game is the newest method to learn about meeting design - using gamification. It has been created to help you understand, prioritize, and apply meeting design elements that are relevant to your meeting and events. In this hands-on workshop you will play the game, increase your understanding of meeting design, and find out to what extent you're already applying it to your meetings. Ann and Bo will give you insight into how you can play the game alone or with your team, in order to improve your meetings and events. You will also experience an example of how gamification can be used to increase participants’ learning and productivity. The game is built on more than ten years experience with the Danish meeting design concept Meetovation and the latest science on learning, motivation, and psychology. Monday, February 8th, 2016 / 14:00 – 15:15   Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen! The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. Why should you attend EMEC 2016? To meet one-on-one with qualified corporate & association planners from the US and EuropeTo solidify your future meetings businessTo discover Meetovation: a meeting design concept that aims to create a better learning outcome and an increased return on investment (ROI) by using creative techniquesTo discover Copenhagen: a city with a long track record of sustainable meetings management, voted Europe's Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission.   For more information about EMEC 2016 click here below                                       ...
7 Dec 2015 [62 days to go!] EMEC16 Copenhagen - A Message from Fiona Pelham MPI IBOD 2016 Chairwoman!
More about Fiona Fiona Pelham - Managing Director Sustainable Events Ltd and Positive Impact, Chairwoman-elect of the International Board of Directors Fiona launched not for profit Positive Impact in 2005 to provide education for a sustainable event industry. Fiona is also managing director of Sustainable Events Ltd and voluntary chair of ISO 20121 a management system for event sustainability inspired by London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Fiona has recently received an honorary doctorate from The Leeds Metropolitan University for services to the event industry in sustainability. In July 2015 she will become international chair for Meeting Professionals International, a global association of over 20,000 members. Fiona is passionate about sustainability and her background in event logistics and strategic implementation of sustainability gives her a unique perspective.   Responsible thinking: one of Meetovation principles with Fiona Pelham at EMEC16  Fiona will participate to the General Session of EMEC16. During this session two of the five Meetovation principles will be introduced: Creative Setup & Responsible Thinking. The unique Danish Meetovation meeting design concept makes conferences and meetings more efficient and responsible. It engages participants actively and offers a new creative approach to far more flexible usage of meeting and conference facilities.   Fiona Pelham at IBTM 2015 in Barcelona talks about sustainability and sharing a positive impact! Speaker Opportunity MPI is looking for subject matter experts in the areas of technology and innovation for a special speaking opportunity at the upcoming European Meetings and Events Conference 7-9 February 2016. In the event’s EduLab, MPI will be hosting a Knowledge Café on technology and a PechaKucha on innovation and what’s new and next for 2016. If you already plan on attending the EMEC event, and you are a subject matter expert or speaker in one of these areas, email Jessie States for consideration in one of these two formats. Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen! The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. Why should you attend EMEC 2016? To meet one-on-one with qualified corporate & association planners from the US and EuropeTo solidify your future meetings businessTo discover Meetovation: a meeting design concept that aims to create a better learning outcome and an increased return on investment (ROI) by using creative techniquesTo discover Copenhagen: a city with a long track record of sustainable meetings management, voted Europe's Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission.   For more information about EMEC 2016 click here below                                     ...
3 Dec 2015 MPI Member Voice: The budget of contextual intelligence & glocalization by Olimpia Ponno
The international migration and the social and political impact on our professional and private life represent an opportunity to reflect on the cultural meaning of « travel & journey » beyond the superficial dimension of time-space, to adopt the GLOCAL approach suggested by the sociologist Zygmunt Barman, in order to develop a CONTEXTUAL INTELLIGENCE, the capacity to understand the limits of our knowledge and adapt it to different contexts and situations. As Martin Luther King once said, "Men hate each other because they fear each other, and they fear each other because they don't know each other.". Competent multicultural functioning means learning new patterns of behavior and effectively applying them in appropriate or varied settings, considering culture as dynamic and ever-changing, a life-long process. The tension between global integration and local responsiveness is especially high when we deliver services through people. While the “hardware skills” are relatively easily to achieve and master, the “software competences” require a more attentive and sensitive attitude from designing and staging an event to open subsidiaries or managing people.  « It’s precisely when you expect to have no problems that you end up having them » said Luc Minguet (head of group purchasing at Michelin in France), when he was the COO of the group’s U.S. truck business unit from 2002 to 2007: after just a couple of months, the HR head took him aside to suggest that he needed to show more sensitivity to U.S. cultural norms, as those differences were causing misunderstandings between his team and him. In France, as in Italy, we focus on identifying what’s wrong with someone’s performance. It’s considered unnecessary to mention what’s right. What’s good is taken as a given. But for a U.S. employee, it is devastating, because Americans tend to sugarcoat one negative with a lot of positives. Managing across cultures doesn’t stop with a training program, it’s a MIND-SET to practice every day. Today, when meeting new colleagues from different countries, Minguet says, “Here’s how I give feedback in my culture. How does it work in yours?”  As a planner, trainer and consultant I strongly believe that including the BUDGET OF INTERCULTURAL LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION in the business plan would represent a good icebreaker and a must to quantify the loss related to our cultural mistakes and misunderstandings to be changed into reveue for the future. In the megatrends 2020-2030 of our industry we need to measure the impact of contexual intelligence and glocalization to make the difference as professionals. In the meantime, we can learn how to use The Culture Active Tool by Richard Lewis, available only for MPI Members, but be careful, if it’s not included in a business process, it coulnd’t be as effective as we could expect. By Olimpia Ponno (Planner, Trainer, Past President MPI Italia Chapter) Read full article (italian version)   Do you want to know more about MPI events? Discover EMEC 2016! For more information click here below!                      ...
30 Nov 2015 [69 days to go!] EMEC16 Copenhagen - Speaker not to be missed: Jessie States
More about JessieJessie States - Manager of Professional Development at MPI Jessie States is the manager of professional development for Meeting Professionals International, where she delivers education in support of MPI’s global live event portfolio by researching, sourcing, evaluating and managing speakers, trainers and facilitators for MPI and MPI partner programs. She also works with MPI partners and sponsors to create industry-leading case studies and sessions, sharing best practices from companies across the globe. Jessie has been a part of the meeting and event community since 2006, when she joined MPI as a storyteller for The Meeting Professional magazine. She showed a passion and aptitude for events and moved over to the world of research in 2011 before joining the education team as a content designer in 2013. Jessie is responsible for the "future of meetings" area at MPI's annual World Education Congress.  Best Practices in Technology Ecosystem Management - Jessie States educational session at EMEC16 Technology adoption accelerates when there are processes, standards and resources in place to simplify and support its usage. The same is true for the technologies at your events. Identify best practices in creating and managing these technologies by looking at them from a variety of perspectives. Preview breakthroughs from a ground breaking research study that examined network and Wi-Fi, registration and badging, mobile, engagement, social, digital signage, hardware acquisition, attendee tracking, content capture and streaming across different event types. Understand who and how decisions are made in terms of planning and executing technology, and how to use best practices at your organization. Jessie States will also hold a session on SMM: Measuring the Elusive Outcomes of Meetings and Events In this highly interactive session, discover how to measure the outcomes we shout—beyond leads, satisfaction and sales. With insights into how value is moving up the meetings’ agenda, discover the latest thinking into what meeting professionals need to evidence, and how they can do it. Share your own insights and perspectives on the purpose and practicalities of measuring delegate/participant experience at events, and how much meeting professionals can discover without even asking. The session includes some co-creation, as we gather insights into measuring ROO in meetings as part of a research initiative undertaken by the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett University (UK) supported by MPI and sponsored by Lanyon. Speaker Opportunity MPI is looking for subject matter experts in the areas of technology and innovation for a special speaking opportunity at the upcoming European Meetings and Events Conference 7-9 February 2016. In the event’s EduLab, MPI will be hosting a Knowledge Café on technology and a PechaKucha on innovation and what’s new and next for 2016. If you already plan on attending the EMEC event, and you are a subject matter expert or speaker in one of these areas, email Jessie States for consideration in one of these two formats. Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen! The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. Why should you attend EMEC 2016? To meet one-on-one with qualified corporate & association planners from the US and EuropeTo solidify your future meetings businessTo discover Meetovation: a meeting design concept that aims to create a better learning outcome and an increased return on investment (ROI) by using creative techniquesTo discover Copenhagen: a city with a long track record of sustainable meetings management, voted Europe's Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission. For more information about EMEC 2016 click here below                                     ...
26 Nov 2015 [73 days to go!] EMEC16 Copenhagen "The Place To Be" by Miguel Neves
More about Miguel Miguel Neves, Senior Online Community Manager, IMEX Group Miguel has been active in the Meetings Industry since 2005 and earned a master’s degree in Conference and Events Management from the University of Westminster in 2009. Miguel worked as a meeting planner later rising to Director of European Operations at SYNAXIS Meetings & Events. In August 2011 Miguel joined the IMEX Group and currently holds the title of Senior Online Community Manager a role with a focus on strategic management of IMEX’s social media and online community presence. Miguel is a passionate social media advocate and frequently speaks on the subject at industry events. As an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Miguel was the recipient of the 2013 MPI RISE Award for global member of the year. Later that year Miguel became the President of the UK & Ireland chapter, a role held until July 2015.   Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen! The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. Why should you attend EMEC 2016? To meet one-on-one with qualified corporate & association planners from the US and EuropeTo solidify your future meetings businessTo discover Meetovation: a meeting design concept that aims to create a better learning outcome and an increased return on investment (ROI) by using creative techniquesTo discover Copenhagen: a city with a long track record of sustainable meetings management, voted Europe's Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission.   For more information about EMEC 2016 click here below                                        ...
23 Nov 2015 Meetings Outlook Fall Edition - Seller's Market?
The Seller's Market This time the quarterly Meetings Outlook research continues to build on the trends from the past issues. A clear shift has been emerging in the balance between suppliers and planners and now the study shows that the industry is again entering a "seller's market". As the meeting and event budgets are somewhat back, the sellers have more room to increase rates. “The stabilized market ultimately places the power of supplier competition on value and quality, rather than price,” says Bill Voegeli, president of Association Insights, the company that conducts the research for MPI's Meetings Outlook. So it's not completely just about the rates. Suppliers are competing now with each other on the quality of the services and products rather than how low the rates can go.   Some of the trends are clearly the expanding lead times. In order to secure the venue of your liking, you need to plan well ahead. Suppliers seems to be able to already start picking the best customers and that can create challenges for smaller meetings. At the same time, it can prove beneficial for the planners that do secure those suppliers, as the focus can then be easier to put on the customer experience. “Many suppliers are now able to elect to shift the bulkof their business to target markets,” Voegeli says. “Suppliers who are able to constrain business with non-target customers and expand business with target markets are able to provide better experiences for their clients, thus the perceived value. These changes to ‘quality focus’ and ‘target sales’ represent a very different daily focus for suppliers.” In some ways this is good news for the second-tier destinations, the ones that aren't automatically on your list of places to RFP. Since the big destinations and hotels seem to have the possibility to choose their target markets, those left outside of that category can get better value by turning to those second-tier options.     Risk Management The current business conditions and the strong seller's market does seem to leave planners with few options for managing their risks. The expectations of budget owners and suppliers don't seem to be aligning. “One of the most difficult dynamics to manage in the current stable, strengthened economy is budget owner expectations,” Voegeli says. “Supplier budget owners tend to expect increased net revenues comparable to increased pricing, and planner budget owners expect improved attendee experiences comparable to the increase in approved spend.”   Some panelists have also noticed that not all the terms and rates, that have been agreed on, are honored. Discussions about rates being increased despite of proposals stating them clearly. Some planners are still resorting to booking meetings later as a sort of risk management. The other side of the coin is to book early to secure the needed rooms. Be that as it may, making clear cancellation clauses in the contracts is of great importance.   Read more about on the Meetings Outlook Fall Edition.   MPI Europe Team    ...
19 Nov 2015 [80 days to go!] Write your own story in Copenhagen at EMEC16!
 At EMEC16 you will learn how to share your own story, discover the Meetovation principles and you will be guaranteed a return on investment. What is Meetovation? Meetovation is a Danish meeting design concept that breaks with the old-fashioned and conventional ways of conducting meetings and events to make them more efficient and responsible. Meetovation focuses on five main elements: Active involvementWrite your own story, clarify and overcome obstacles that stand in your way! Experience MINDblowing engagement and innovative networking! Active involvement means primarily moving away from one-way communication and towards group work, walks and talks, time for reflection. The result will be a higher level of learning and comprehension with increasing long-term benefits.Do you want an idea of what to expect? Watch here Responsible thinking Brain food and physical activity is a must in meetings. The same goes for recycling. Responsible thinking not only sends a positive message, it also helps stimulate the energy of your meeting. Meetovation has developed a guide to green and responsible meetings. You can use the guide to test your next venue and find out if it is green, greener or greenest! Creative setup Use the physical set-up in new ways, work with inspiring interior and invigorate your senses with playful light and aromas. The physical set-up should generate energy, concentration and creativity! Colours, scents and music in meetings can be used consciously to create a specific atmosphere.At EMEC16 you can discover the typical Danish ”hygge” magical and intimate atmosphere!Here you can find a short introduction to the creative setup element of Meetovation.  Local inspirationLet the local environment play a part, and give your meeting participants a unique experience they will remember on a professional and a personal level. Visit local attractions and let the local cuisine be a part of your meeting. If you like food, you’ll love Denmark: not only does it have one of the world’s best restaurant, Noma, but it’s also Scandinavia’s gourmet capital with 15 Michelin-starred restaurants! Do you want to grow wiser on the local inspiration element of Meetovation? Return on investmentMeetovation ensures that you benefit from the time and money invested in your meeting, conference or seminar.ROI on meetings helps you to define the objectives and purpose of your meeting and suggests suitable methods of evaluation in both the short and long term. This concept is based on The ROI Methodology: a well proven step-by-step process for planning meetings and events and measuring results against objectives.    Not to forget, at EMEC16 you can get relevant education sessions divided in 4 areas of focus:              –      Sales / suppliers             –      Meeting planning & Project Management              –      Leadership & strategic planning              –      Meeting & Event design EMEC 16 in Copenhagen will be the point of no return transforming the way meetings and conferences are held! Begin to write the next chapter of your professional story! See the full education programme   For more information about EMEC 2016 click here:                    ...
16 Nov 2015 [83 days to go!] EMEC16 Copenhagen "The Place To Be" by Rémy Cregut
More about Rémy Rémy Cregut, CEO & Chief Story Teller at 2m2c Montreux Music & Convention Center Founder and Honorary President of the MPI French Chapter since 1997, member of the MPI Foundation European Council, and active ECM Member since 2006, Rémy Cregut is a man with a diverse and rich professional background. Between 1984 -1996 he occupied senior sales and marketing positions at Sofitel, Hyatt Hotels and Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts. He subsequently created Disneyland Paris Business Solutions, acting as a director for 3 years, and then moved to the Côte d’Azur to open the Grimaldi Forum Monaco. Two years later he became Executive Vice-President of LSO International the largest destination management company in France at that time. He was heading Center Parcs Business Solutions in Rotterdam. In 2005 Rémy accepted the role of General Manager of the 2m2c Montreux Music and Convention Center, host of the famous long lasting Montreux Jazz Festival. Remy had been serving on differents boards (Club Français du Tourisme d'Affaires, ANAé, MPI European Foundation, European Cities Marketing). He now seats in various committee: the Swiss Convention Centers Alliance, the Swiss Riviera Economic Development Office, the Swiss Riviera Hotels Association, the Montreux Riviera Convention Bureau and the Partners Club of the French Association of Event Agencies. Rémy about EMEC and MPI “MPI is the only global association where you will find planners and suppliers from all segments of the MICE industry. Attending EMEC is a must if you pretend to play a role in this industry. A unique opportunity to meet, to exchange, to share and to learn, not only from clients, partners and colleagues but also from great speakers. In an ultra-connected world where fast is the key word, it is absolutely necessary to take the time to participate and invest for your future and the future of our industry.” Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen! The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. Why should you attend EMEC 2016? To meet one-on-one with qualified corporate & association planners from the US and EuropeTo solidify your future meetings businessTo discover Meetovation: a meeting design concept that aims to create a better learning outcome and an increased return on investment (ROI) by using creative techniquesTo discover Copenhagen: a city with a long track record of sustainable meetings management, voted Europe's Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission.   For more information about EMEC 2016 click here below                                        ...
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