Checklist: Peer to Peer Learning Opportunities for Meeting Planners
Recently, we spoke with Chris Douglas, Director of Conference Office, Church of the Brethren, in our podcast, How Planners Learn, Connect, and Share with Their Peers, and boy, did we glean some great information from the conversation! So much so, we decided to share the great insights in a checklist for other planners so they too can take advantage of peer to peer learning opportunities.
Why Peer Learning is Important
Meeting planners often seek out learning opportunities from their peers because they know they have faced a lot of the same challenges. Why not borrow the brilliance of other planners and save yourself time and energy?
There is a wealth of information planners can learn from and share with fellow industry professionals such as:
- Current best practices
- Issues planners are currently facing
- New technologies planners are using or looking to implement in the future
- How other planners work with and coordinate volunteers
- New ideas in programming
- Destinations their conference of similar size and objective have met in and the venues that worked best
Resources for Learning, Connecting, and Sharing with Meeting Planning Peers
There are endless ways to network, communicate with and learn from fellow meeting planners. Some ideas include:
- Attend industry conferences. Conferences allow planners to:
- Network with other planners
- Learn about other destinations that could be a good fit for their meeting
- Attend educational sessions to stay up-to-date on the latest meeting industry trends
- LinkedIn Groups. By joining LinkedIn groups such as PCMA, DMAI’s empowerMINT.com, and MPI, planners can post questions and network with fellow planners.
- Email with other planners. Identify planners that have similar sized meetings and objectives and get connected with them. It’s a perfect way to send a quick question and get your answers from someone who faces the same challenges.
- Industry newsletters and blogs. There’s a wealth of information from other planners often provided in industry newsletters and blogs. A few valuable resources include:
- Visit Planner Perspectives section on empowerMINT.com. Planners share their personal perspective on the destinations they have held meetings in, current challenges they face, and how they successfully work with CVBs.
How CVBs Can Be Curators of Historical Meeting Intelligence
And one more source from an industry peer…your CVB destination consultant! In a world where so much information is available, what planners often seek is information tailored to their needs. A destination’s convention and visitors bureau (CVB) is the perfect source for customized planner information.
For example, suppose you are a religious meeting planner, and you would like a list of other religious meetings of similar size that have met in the same destination. You might have questions regarding where to find volunteers or securing a specific musical instrument. Your CVB sales professional can help get you in touch with the right people, saving you precious time.
CVB sales professionals are destination experts who work with planners to learn about the goals and objectives of the meeting and organization and then advocate for your meeting and ensure the hotels understand your meeting and the organizations value.
To find a CVB sales professional at more than 145 top meeting destinations, visit empowerMINT.com.