James Spellos Talks About TechSpec Free Application Launch At MPI #WEC12- Show 225

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Mike McAllen talks to James Spellos from Meeting U about his collaboration with Corbin Ball and QuickMobile on a new free technical app called TechSpec to help meeting planners check the tech on site surveys

MPI’s New Vision And Direction With Kyle Hillman- Show 224

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Meeting Professionals International


Jon Trask and Elizabeth Glau catch up with Kyle Hillman at Meetings Professional International (MPI) at the World Education Congress (WEC)

They touch on advocacy in the meetings industry, competition with other associations, and the future of MPI and the fuzzy differences between the planner/supplier relationship.



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MPI WEC Downtime is Critical -Future of Meetings Speaker Jackie Mulligan Show 221

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Jackie has some great ideas about downtime at conferences. Brings out creativity and innovation from attendees.

She will be speaking next week at MPI WEC event in St. Louis.

Add her sessions to your calendar at WEC-
Flash Forward 2030- MPI Future of Meetings 7/30 9:00 am
Imagineering Tour: WEC 2030  7/30 2:30 pm

Things we covered:

Why do you think meetings need to be more creative?

Why do you think downtime works for conferences?

What types of activities could enable downtime?

More on Jackie Mulligan

BBQ, WEC12 and looking to the future of MPI- Show 220

New MeetingsPodcast for iTunes 4 150x150 BBQ, WEC12 and looking to the future of MPI  Show 220Jon Trask and Elizabeth Glau get ready for WEC 2012 by stopping at a BBQ place and chatting about the upcoming conference in Saint Louis. They talk about their plans, attendee engagement before the show and some of the hits and misses they’ve observed as the show approaches in a few weeks.

Looking beyond WEC they ask some questions about MPI and it’s role in the meetings industry in the new economy and business environment that we all work in. Among the questions: “Is there a disconnect between International MPI and the local chapters?” “Does MPI service it’s members well and meet the needs of it’s evolving membership?” “What is the focus of MPI compared to PCMA, are they evolving in the right ways?”

We’d welcome input on these questions both here and on the podcast. We’ll be looking for folks both at WEC 12 in Saint Louis and remotely to comment back to us about MPI and it’s direction in the future.

Lastly, we discuss the Podcast Meetup Meetings Podcast WEC Meetup to be held in Saint Louis on July 30th.

If you’re nearby at WEC or just in Saint Louis that night, be sure and drop by and join us.

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Making A Difference At WEC MPI 2010

Making A Difference At WEC MPI 2010.  My trip to Vancouver was an exhausting experience. I learned, networked, and reconnected with many old friends.  I felt like a member of the community.  A community of people that are really trying to change the world one meeting at a time.  The opportunities- were right there to be experienced.  I tried to do all of them and I am glad I did.

Different By Nature Community Service Project

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What  they said we were going to do: Working stream side in one of North Vancouver’s forest parks, WEC attendees will be involved in various activities such as replacing invasive plants with native plants that provide critical shade, shelter and protection from erosion. We will be shown how to survey the area and identify species.

What we really did: Worked our asses off pulling out the Blackberry and other bad plants.  We laughed, joked and I made some great friends.  Plus, when were done, we had made a difference, and I had some new drinking buddies.

Oh yes, we also went to a fish hatchery for a bit and learned why we were going to work our asses off!  Very cool day!

WEC Puppy Cuddling with PADS!

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This fricken puppy was so fricken cute. It hurts to look at the picture.  Also, real working dogs came with their owners who were in wheel chairs. It was great to see the impact these dogs can make. Even the ladies in the wheelchairs wanted to hug the crap out of the puppy.

The name of the organization is Pacific Assistance Dogs (PADS) who raises and trains assistance dogs for people who are facing the daily challenges of life with a physical disability or who are Deaf or hard of hearing. These highly skilled dogs allow our clients to experience a greater level of independence and an enhanced quality of life.   PADS is a charitable, non-profit organization located in Burnaby, B.C., with an office in Calgary. PADS services people in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.   PADS relies entirely on fund-raising, grants and donations to finance the care and training of our amazing dogs.

Clean The World Foundation

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Clean the World Foundation, Inc. is committed to reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products and preventing the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses around the world.  What a great idea and I posted about them a couple of times in the past.  If you are in Orlando do a community service program with your attendees at the center!  Save lives!

Dress For Success

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Dress for Success was there to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  MPI attendees brought all sorts of business clothing for the drive to help people get successful!

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

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Extra! Jon Reports from #WEC!

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

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!

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

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