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MeetDifferent 2010 Pre-Conference Webinars

Be sure to join us for these FREE webinars as we highlight why you should attend MeetDifferent. Understanding that this conference is an important value-add to your professional livelihood through the unique opportunities in education, networking and various business marketplaces.

Past Pre-Conference Webinars 

Goal Setting for Decision Makers

Speaker: Linda Swindling
Date: Thursday - January 21, 2010
Start Time:  11:00 AM CST
Cost: FREE 
When you are crystal clear on your destination, your journey to success is much smoother. Imagine if you were excited about the next year and knew the best decisions to make. Would you go for a promotion? Influence a company policy? Ask for business? Change the way you work?  By attending this session participants will be able to:
  • Draw from past success to powerfully propel you forward
  • Become the Chief Decision Maker of your career
  • Make strategic goals that benefit both you and the organization
  • Strategize to connect your values to that of the company 
  • Build strategic alliances to support your professional development

Open Conversation with Jeremy Gutsche

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Speaker: Jeremy Gutsche
Date: January 14, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM CST
Cost: FREE


Let Jeremy Gutsche know what is important to you as a meetings and events professional and help him co-create his keynote speech for MeetDifferent 2010. 

Innovation expert, author of the #1 book Exploiting Chaos, and the founder of TrendHunter.com, Jeremy Gutsche knows how to unlock cool. Jeremy will show you the secret to viral trends and how to methodically generate creative ideas. You'll learn how to follow the lead of iconic companies founded during periods of economic recession, and you’ll learn what it takes to become the catalyst for dramatic change that leads to new market needs. With a background in management consulting and web 2.0, Jeremy brings a rare perspective on innovation within a business context. 

Overcoming Destination Misperception

Speaker: Eli Gorin, CMP
Date: Monday - January 11, 2010
Start Time:  11:00 AM CST
Cost: FREE

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Questions or comments about the session? E-mail Eli Gorin at eli@gmeetings.net

We have all done it before... completely eliminating a destination from our list of options because of the perceptions surrounding it. But the fact may be that the destination is actually perfect for your group. It's quite common that destinations are looked over because they are perceived in a negative manner and the facts may be completely overlooked. This session will look into the issue of perception and its role in selecting destinations for meetings and events.  Through interactive lecture, discussions and case study reviews, participants will have an opportunity to see that their options are much greater if they are willing to look at the facts.

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Learn to differentiate between perception & reality when doing site selection
  • Research and present the facts of a destination to overcome misperception
  • Prepare a plan to educate attendees and stakeholders on destination facts

Open Conversation with Monica Harrington

Speaker: Monica Harrington
Date: January 7, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM CST

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Let Monica Harrington know what is important to you as a meetings and events professional and help her co-create her keynote speech for MeetDifferent 2010.

Monica Harrington is a business strategist and innovation communications specialist for people, companies, and organizations that want to make a positive contribution to global society. Monica, who has been Chief Marketing Officer for two successful technology startups and has served as media advisor to Bill and Melinda Gates, takes a hard look at lessons learned while on the bleeding edge of technology, including an inside look at one of the biggest industry failures of all time, Microsoft Bob.  Learn how to take apporpriate risks, move on from failure and seize opportunities in ways that will not only help you survive, but thrive. 

Position Yourself Positively in a Competitive Environment

Speaker: Linda Swindling
Date: Wednesday - January 6, 2010
Start Time:  11:00 AM CST
Cost: FREE

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People at the top think in ways that make it easier to cross the threshold to success. They make decisions quickly and influence others to drive the results. Imagine if you could adopt the thinking patterns of a successful CEO, what could happen for you? What opportunities would you take advantage of? What could you do that you haven’t been able to do so far? What is deep down in your heart and really important to you that would be possible? 

By attending this session participants will be able to:

  • Influence when you aren't in a position of power or authority
  • Communicate in a way that is compelling and makes CEOs and decision makers want to connect and do business with you
  • Enhance the way you are perceived internally and externally
  • Create the support needed to "sell" a budget request or an investment in your professional development
  • Improve your ability to influence, increase positive results and make the difference you want

Open Conversation with Marty Neumeier

Speaker: Marty Neumeier
Date: December 17, 2009
Start Time: 12:00 Noon CST
Cost: FREE

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Marty Neumeier’s mission is to incite business revolution by unleashing the power of design thinking. His best-selling "whiteboard" books include The Brand Gap, Zag, and The Designful Company. He’ll show you that wherever "they" go, you need to go elsewhere. His deceptively simple ideas prove design and differentiation’s powerful roles in the most successful business, and they’ll be yours for the taking. And the doing. 

MeetDifferent: Where Bold Meets Business. Understanding the MeetDifferent Value Proposition 

This webinar will show you firsthand how MeetDifferent 2010 is uniquely designed to provide you with critical business and career opportunities in a shifting industry.

Planner Professionals: Along with details on career-enhancing educational sessions, a leading meeting professional will explain the Hosted Buyer Program and how it will deliver unsurpassed ROI.

Supplier Professionals: Hear how the TradeDifferent marketplace experience will make the connections to make a difference in your business.

This webinar is an opportunity to learn and to engage directly with the MeetDifferent 2010 experience before you get there.

Date: Monday - November 16, 2009
Cost:  FREE

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