Wells Fargo Responds to Pressure from the Media

wells fargo cancels meetings Wells Fargo Responds to Pressure from the Media

The media wants you to think the above image is what Wells Fargo is doing for their meetings. Why because its a more interesting headline than educating the public on the full story.

One large concern at the recent Meeting Professionals International (MPI) MeetDifferent conference in Atlanta this week was that companies are canceling the meetings only due to the bad press they receive. Incentive meetings are paid for by the incentives given to the employees or contractors that are working for them. It is built into the incentive structure. The economies of many cities like Las Vegas depend on this money. Of course, if the money is nefariously used(private jets for execs) this might be a problem. But companies are canceling these meetings just because the press is jumping on them and they do not want the bad press. The media needs to educate the public fully on the ramifications of canceling meetings. [Read more...]

MPI Atlanta Report- MPI Knocks It Out Of The Park For The Opening Reception

202px Male whale shark at Georgia Aquarium MPI Atlanta Report  MPI Knocks It Out Of The Park For The Opening ReceptionImage via Wikipedia

Mike here with a quick update from MPI’s MeetDifferent event in Atlanta. I wish I took more video at the Opening Reception at the Georgia Aquarium but I was enjoying the atmosphere and ended up chatting with MPI members.(see the crappy video I shot and edited below) I actually didn’t get to see the whole Aquarium which is an amazing venue to hold an event. Being from the Bay Area my allegiance is to the Monterey Bay Aquarium as the best in the world but I have to say this new venue is brand new and amazing. The huge tanks with giant whale sharks and the human like Beluga whales were a spectacular backdrop and made for the easiest networking situation I have even been involved in. Sadly, my huge stack of Grass Shack Events & Media cards which I thought no way I would be able to get rid of was cut in half. Great job MPI! If you do an program in Atlanta the Georgia Aquarium a must!

 MPI Atlanta Report  MPI Knocks It Out Of The Park For The Opening Reception

Extra! Interview with Janet Moore from Janet Moore International-GlobalRainmaking.com

meetdifferent logo1 Extra! Interview with Janet Moore from Janet Moore International GlobalRainmaking.com
The Meeting Planners podcast source for what’s new and exciting in meetings and events industry!

Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events & Media interviews Janet Moore from Janet Moore International-GlobalRainmaking.com

Janet discusses her upcoming session at MPI MeetDifferent conference in Atlanta Georgia. [Read more...]

Show 32! Wells Fargo Meeting Cancelled -Perception vs. Reality

wells fargo incentive trip cancellation Show 32! Wells Fargo Meeting Cancelled  Perception vs. Reality
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Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events & Media
Tom Hillmer of Creative Group
Jon Trask of Alliant Event Services

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1:25 TED Conference wrap up
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Extra! Interview with Shannon Majors Senior Meeting Planner with NFIB

meetdifferent logo1 Extra! Interview with Shannon Majors Senior Meeting Planner with NFIB

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On todays show Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events & Media interviews Shannon Majors senior meeting planner from (NFIB) National Federation of Independent Business Shannon talks about her upcoming session at MPI’s MeetDifferent Conference in Atlanta. “Simple Events Solutions using Excel, PPT and Word”

For more information contact Shannon at Shannon.Majors@NFIB.org

Please leave us a question or comment, which we will try to address on the show ASAP! [Read more...]

MeetingsPodcast Heading to Atlanta for MPIs MeetDifferent

Extra! Midori Connolly Founder Of Pulse Staging And Events Talks About Green AV!

meetdifferent logo1 Extra! Midori Connolly Founder Of Pulse Staging And Events Talks About Green AV!
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Mike McAllen from Grass Shack Events & Media interviews Midori Connolly from Pulse Staging and Events talks about her session at Meetdifferent in Atlanta next week on Tuesday. “Green A/V – Finally!” Midori gives some tips and tricks for greening up your AudioVisual team!
www.SustainableAV.com

For more information contact Midori at Pulse Staging and Events
Download “Best Practices for Sustainability in the Audio Visual Industry.”
Pulses “Green Story”

Please leave us a question or comment, which we will try to address on the show ASAP! [Read more...]

MeetingsPodcast will be at MeetDifferent# MPI Event in Atlanta

meetdifferent logo1 MeetingsPodcast will be at MeetDifferent# MPI Event in Atlanta

I have been busy making connections for the MPI MeetDifferent 2009 Conference next week or I guess this week Feb 7 – Feb 10 in Atlanta Georgia. Several friends of the MeetingsPodcast show are going to be there. Corbin Ball Tech Guru, Jordan Schwartz CEO of Pathable.com and Andy Sharpe Founder of Song Division!

If you are going to be at the show please contact me! @ Meetingspodcast@gmail.com Maybe we can schedule a meetup!

Mike
www.GrassShackroad.com

 MeetingsPodcast will be at MeetDifferent# MPI Event in Atlanta