I hope this issue of MM&E finds you with more business than you had last year, and busy working on an RFP for next month. If not, let us help you. If you need help sourcing a service or product, please give us a call. If you’re a supplier looking for more business, give us a call. What you may not realize is that Publishing Concepts LLC, MM&E’s parent company, has worked hard behind the scenes to provide new products in addition to our annual Expos. Did you know about our digital and print magazine, MEET Med™, for medical meeting planners and suppliers? Just visit http://meetmags.com/med/ and click on the “View digital magazine” link, or subscribe and receive your own print copy in about five days.
In addition to the medical meeting planners who are proving they will figure out “compliance reporting” one way or another, we are seeing even bigger returns in the nonprofit and fundraising arenas. The article on page 46, “Recession Is a Time to Step Up Your Benefit Auction Game,” will get you pumped up with ideas. The next step is to put into play the ideas you just learned by attending Paige Cahill’s Missouri Meetings & Events Expo session on Monday, May 21. Cahill, regional development director for Constant Contact Inc., will present a special topic for nonprofits: “How to Improve Your Donations as a NON profit in 2012.”
The 11th annual Missouri Meetings & Events St. Louis Regional Expo will take place May 21 and 22, 2012, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center in Chesterfield. Full details begin on page 18, including educational sessions and a list of speakers. Our Expo theme this year is “PLANit Tech-Know.” We’ll provide you with workshops and live demos of devices, applications and technologies that will make your job easier.
Make sure to bring your smartphone, laptop or tablet, and stop in and talk to one of our social media assistants on May 22 from 9 am to noon in the Social Hub room. This will get you real hands-on help to learn how your technology works. While attending the Expo, you will have opportunities to see more than one mobile application at work. Some may even make your next medical meeting simpler to run, so you don’t break out in hives providing all the compliance reports. Lisa Lance’s page 36 story, “Getting Medical Meetings Down to a Science,” provides some great advice on how and why a particular venue is better for a medical meeting.
If you need pointers on what to do at your next job interview, make sure you attend “INTER viewed,” presented by Rob Schaefer on May 22 at 10:30 am. You will receive the most coveted tips from Rob’s Rules and a few extras, including a few from this issue.
The MEET Business Exchange (MBE) on Monday evening will be part of the Welcome Reception for all Expo attendees, which takes place from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. You can still sign up for one-on-one sessions with key suppliers during the MBE, but hurry! At this writing, only about 20% of our session times remain open. Best of all, the MBE is offered at no additional cost for attendees.
Lastly, I’ve received some very positive comments about our newest column, titled “Case by Case,” written by attorney Thomas Ishmael. In this issue, he tackles contract terms and why you need to read before you sign the next contract. He provides great tips, so make it a must-read.
Enjoy the issue!
Joseph W. Clote