Little Video Recap of our Experience at the WEC09 MPI Conference in Salt Lake City Utah

Extra Day ONE of the #WEC09! World Education Congress Salt Lake City, Utah

Extra! Jon Reports from #WEC!

Jon reports from MPIs World Education Congress in Salt Lake City Utah!

Jon Trask talks about his session at WEC 2009 Building a Successful Partnership with Your Audio-Visual Vendor

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Todays show is a taste of Jons session at the WEC next week. [Read more...]

Extra! Interview with Vicki Hawarden Vice President of Knowledge & Events at Meeting Professionals International #wec

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Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events Media http://www.grassshackroad.com/

Mike McAllen interviews Vicki Hawarden? Vice President of Knowledge Management with Meeting Professionals International about the upcoming World Education Congress in Salt Lake City Utah

They discuss the -
-Exciting new initiatives/programs at #WEC09
-Ben Stein will be speaking (why he was chosen, how he has helped the industry, etc
-What MPI is doing to help members and the industry as a whole during this economic shift
-How attendees will communicate the ROI to their bosses upon return of the event. [Read more...]

Extra! Jon Gets Ready for the #WEC!

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Jon gets some new recording gear and sends out this MPI World Education Congress teaser!

 Extra! Jon Gets Ready for the #WEC!

MeetingsPodcast Show 36 The Events & Meetings Industry Fights Back!

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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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Tom and Mike from a program at Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas and Jon from Los Angeles California. [Read more...]

Extra! Interview with Sheerin Florio from Spotme

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Todays show features Sheerin Florio of Spotme she explains the very exciting meeting and event technology Spotme provides. Spotme changes the game of networking at conferences as far as i can see! Also please take a look at this video from the Spotme website.

Here is a quick video to check out before or after listening to the Interview!

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Addressing The Dodd Amendment

I (mike)received this email today with a note from MPI Northern California Chapter Leadership written by David Kliman

Below is the letter David sent via fax and email to Speaker Pelosi and Senators Boxer and Feinstein today. ( I also did the same thing)
http://speaker.house.gov/contact/
http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/index.cfm
http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUS.EmailMe

He (and I) urge you to take action and contact our government leaders in DC – it’s easy and takes just a few minutes – We also need to spread the word.

We need to get our government leaders this information EN MASS today and tomorrow. TIME IS OF THE ESSENSE. Please spread the word – it is important to both email and FAX their offices…and phone calls are also useful.

Addressing The Dodd Amendment

Meetings and Events Critical to Economy – Corporate meetings and events are absolutely critical to strengthening the American economy. Meetings and events are responsible for 15% of all travel in America, create more than $100 billion in spending annually, generate one million American jobs and provide $40 billion in tax revenue. [Read more...]

Producing Meetings in Second Lifes Virtual World

Of the many people I (Mike) met at Meeting Professionals International (MPI) MeetDifferent conference in Atlanta this week, the only person I really had mixed feelings about meeting was Dan Parks of Corporate Planners Unlimited. I think it was last year when I was doing a bunch of work in Second Life. I produced a few meetings and actually was on the cover of Successful Meetings Magazine for the meetings I produced there. We had a virtual office and really spent most of my time showing meeting planners around to some venues. Dan at the same time was working on a large Meeting Community mansion in Secondlife and was a moderator for MeCo Community. Somehow our streams crossed and I stopped going to the MeCo forums. But planner Jessica Levin introduced us and I am glad she did. It was great to meet Dan face to face and he even gave me a very nice cigar! Take a look at this short video of what Dan has accomplished in Second Life. Have you been to a meeting in Second Life yet?