Because the C-suite topics cannot be ignored.
Executive Panels are back this year with expanded line-ups featuring stories and perspectives from some of the world’s top thought-leaders from inside and outside the industry. Hear their big ideas on achieving business milestones, combined with highly interactive learning on essential, executive-level industry topics. They will change the way you think.
Call for Action: Industry Advocacy
Join us for a “talk show” interactive discussion between the audience and committed industry professionals who “walk the talk” when it comes to advocating meetings and the economic and business value they bring our organizations, communities and government entities. This discussion will help you to gain an understanding of the legislative process and the policies that drive it, and engage with other concerned and committed industry professionals who share your desire to make a difference.
How do we adapt to compete? How do we shrink the influence that elected officials, media, and other stakeholders have played within our industry? Learn effective communication techniques to engage with these stakeholders and new skills that will empower you to make a difference in your career, organization and industry.
The objective is to make you aware of successful advocacy strategies that enable you to influence policy makers and garner support for projects beneficial to our industry and profession. You will leave with the tools needed to communicate with a strong, united voice advocating the value of meetings. For additional information on this session, click here >>
Mitigating Impact: Risk Management and Community
How do we deal with circumstances and activities that provoke a “this can’t really be happening” reaction within communities or organizations? If it is really happening, and we find ourselves in uncharted territory, with potential damage to the community or our reputation – OR BOTH – at stake, what can we do to mitigate the impact?
Industry and community specialists with expertise in environmental impact, social media and media mitigation insight, risk management awareness, and international incident mitigation join us to give some perspective on and stories of surviving and thriving in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and overcoming perceptions using the power of media and community involvement. For additional information on this session, click here >>
The New Face of Negotiation: A Bigger Pie
This participatory and practice-oriented workshop will feature seasoned negotiators from business, academic and mediation backgrounds in discussions on negotiation as applied to the issues of our industry. This advanced-level business discussion will contextualize proficiencies and equip participants with both new skills and mindset to make valuable contributions to their personal and business negotiations, improving both major and minor outcomes.
Techniques such as making your value visible, anticipating challenges, finding hidden opportunities, paying attention to the other party’s image and situation, making it easy for the other person to say yes, as well as many others will be highlighted. Innovative solutions and expanding opportunities will be the focus. This session might just change the way you relate to people in every aspect of your life. For additional information on this session, click here >>
Defining Virtual and Hybrid Meeting Strategies
Gain a better understanding of Virtual and Hybrid meetings and events. Lean to determine when this approach is appropriate – and when not. Examine costs and how they can be recouped over time, as well as how these strategies reinforce face-to-face meetings and events.
Defining terms, including what Virtual and Hybrid encompass in your organization, then creating best practices (and next practices) for preparation, facilitation, execution, and follow-up will be addressed. Also, additional items that need to be considered, such as: encouraging social media exchange, contextualizing content for countries or regions, planning a viable agenda or series of agendas, preparing participants and prework, keeping participants focused and engaged during a virtual meeting, building trust and social capital, and maintaining momentum between meetings.
- Define elements of virtual and hybrid meetings more clearly as they apply to your organizational strategy
- Increase awareness and understanding of the challenges and considerations involved in executing virtual and hybrid meetings, and how to involve them in the project plan
- Gain tools for evaluating the costs and benefits of including virtual and/or hybrid meetings to your portfolio and how they can reinforce or augment face-to-face meetings and events
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