MPI: An Organization that Helps Meeting Planners and More

No matter what your profession, being able to bring people together for a productive meeting will get you leagues ahead of those who can’t. This is why Meeting Professionals International (MPI) can be a valuable resource for more than just meeting planners.

Every industry uses meeting planners to find venues and speakers, to promote programs, coordinate schedules, and to create excitement for events. Their skill set is not only necessary, but they overlap with so many other professions.

Take Judy Coates as an example: a former Arthur Andersen employee who transitioned into a meeting planner role where she was responsible for planning corporate educational seminars. In her own words:

After her time at Arthur Andersen, Judy earned a Masters in Teaching. Now she works at the College of DuPage managing the strategic planning, development and delivery of professional development and institutional training initaitives. Part of her role is to run four professional development events per year, each ranging from 1 to 3 days. Using the skills she learned from MPI from her meeting planner days, she helps make these short development sessions more effective.

MPI offers many different resources to help people in Judy’s situation. For quick refreshers and new ideas, they host on-demand webinars on a wide variety of topics such as meeting design, technology, business skills, and the future of meetings. Those who need an outside voice for their meeting – motivational, educational or otherwise – can benefit from their Speaker Portal page. Or you can go in-depth with their research and white papers. They can even help get the creative juices flowing with their blog which is full of ideas like hosting a Beer & Food Pairing session. These resources could prove invaluable to anyone who is interested in using meetings to learn, grow and succeed.

Meetings are inevitable in business. No matter what you do, at some point – usually daily – you’ll meet with a coworker, colleague or client to discuss some objective or action. The skills needed to draw hundreds of attendees to an event scale down to the common workday. Those who want to plan, run and attend effective meetings would be wise to take a few tips from MPI.


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