It’s no secret that association membership has been in a steady decline for more than a decade. This is true not only for event professional associations but for associations dedicated to virtually every industry—from agriculture and aerospace to landscaping and legal. While many will claim this decline is due to cost-cutting, a deeper survey will show that it is the perceived lack of value of the association model and its offering.
Inccludes a site tour of Canterbury Park meeting spaces and networking with SPIN peers - food & beverages provided by Canterbury Park (includes entry fee into the park and can watch the races if you would like).We are not planning formal content for this event but want to give you time to network and make meaningful connections with other SPIN members.
Need a chic but conversational place to grab coffee and network? Check out Austin-based Houndstooth Coffee, now open at the Sylvan | Thirty development in West Dallas. Encompassing 2,100 square feet, the flexible, multiuse space is a day-to-night concept with a coffee bar occupying an airy, sunlit space, and Jettison, a bar component offering a private retreat for cocktails and conversation.
In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, we decided to post an extended interview with Michael Doane, marketing manager, CadmiumCD.
What are some of CadmiumCD’s outstanding features for meeting/event planners?
Our first annual Best of PA Readers’ Choice awards event is rapidly approaching!
This fun and inspiring industry event is our first chance to celebrate the winners in almost every category in the meetings and events industry. Best hotel? Best meeting planning company? Best caterer? Yup, we have those winners and so many more. It’s a great way to network and enjoy a fantastic view…did I mention it’s at Top of the Tower?
Can you keep a secret?
For the next two years, Meeting Professionals International will provide meeting management services for the Southeast Education Conference. MPI is responsible for managing and developing the overall program for the 2017 and 2018 conference, which is hosted by SEC's four Florida chapters – Tampa Bay Area, Greater Orlando, North Florida and South Florida – known as TONS.
Developed by a San Diego tech team that spun off from UC San Diego, the Whova app is designed to boost networking and contact swapping at events and conferences of any size. It offers a platform that connects organizers, attendees and sponsors before, after and during an event. With Whova, eventgoers can plan who they want to meet before the event; a superior strategy to relying on randomly bumping into people. During the event, Whova provides real-time notifications on updates like room changes or reminders that cocktails are being served.
You think these connections will come naturally, but they require a surprising amount of skill.
Do you network to 'pitch' your firm and get clients? Or do you network to build a bond with someone in your field? Whether you network for selfish reasons (getting clients) or a personal connection, it works, and statistics support its value:
» Eighty percent of all professional oppor- tunities are found through networking. *
» Effective networking can increase busi- ness performance by 30 percent. **