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MPI Scholarship: Sharing Experiences

Sharing Experiences

Hans Ravnkjær Larsen (MPI Denmark Chapter) says events such as the MPI World Education Congress (WEC) are great opportunities for meeting professionals from around the world to come together and share diverse viewpoints. He was able to attend the 2017 WEC in Las Vegas thanks to an MPI Foundation scholarship.

“At WEC I found many reasons to come back next year. The MPI Foundation does tremendous work to connect a global business that would otherwise be fragmented and ‘siloed,’” he says. “I see many differences in the way we work with meetings, meeting design, content, interaction and so forth, and it is via these global conferences and meetings that we may bridge these differences in order to increase the outcome for us as well as our clients. Every region of the world holds certain natural strength positions, and we may all benefit from sharing and disseminating our experiences, viewpoints and specialties.”

Ravnkjær Larsen worked with meetings and conferences for years without even knowing there was a thing called the meeting and event industry.

“I wanted to join in Denmark simply out of curiosity and discovered only after a while that our industry is global—and that there are so many things to learn from other parts of the world,” he says. “I am surprised to find the industry immature in many ways with regards to desired outcomes. [But] I have learned so many techniques to integrate different elements and layers of any given meeting, and when it comes to ‘wow’ and sensational elements I am impressed with what I see.”

Ravnkjær Larsen has hosted a community called Ignite Denmark for the past seven years.

“I am so much in love with the passion and enthusiasm that dwells in other individuals—all that other people know and do, that I (and others) may learn from,” he says. “Serendipity is my all-time favorite concept; ‘passion evangelist’ is my all-time informal title of choice.”

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Blair Potter
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