Over the past several weeks, DMAI’s empowerMINT team has been running the March “Meeting Planning Madness” Tournament giving meeting planners, the opportunity to decide in four rounds of voting, what drives them absolutely MAD! Well, it’s official. After 400+ planners casted over 3,000 votes, we now have insight into what is behind our planners’ madness.
Our winner, “Waiting on Others to Make Decisions” garnered nearly two-thirds or 63% of the votes in the Final Round against “Stakeholders Who Think They’re Planners”. As one planner commented, “Waiting on others to make a decision or get back to me with a decision holds everything up!”
As meeting planning partners, we should be more aware and place a higher priority on this very issue. I can’t think of anything more frustrating and anxiety-ridden than being responsible for a project with a deadline date (like the date of the event) and not having complete control. Delays in decisions create pressure on the numerous tasks and other decisions that must be made in a timely manner. In fact, as Sue Pelletier with MeetingsNet.com reports in her article: “5 Things That Stress Meeting Planners Out”, this “whole notion of waiting on others or depending on others is one of the top stressors for meeting planners.”
Honestly, I was a little surprised by the outcome of our tournament and it has given me a new appreciation and insight in to planners’ challenges. So I’m curious to hear from planners about how they manage this on-the-job stress? Is it something that you just have to accept or are there strategies you have in place for managing this madness? Because after all, regardless of when decisions get made, my observation is that meeting planners seem to always “make it happen!”
Thank you to the planners who participated in our March Meeting Planning Madness and to our presenting sponsor Visit Indy, site of the 2015 Final Four®. In addition, thank you to our additional sponsors, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board and Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau for your support. And I can’t forget to mention and thank our friends at Bracketeers.com, the creators of the voting platform that made this campaign possible for us at empowerMINT.com