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Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club – Somewhere Down the Crazy River
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5 Reasons Not To Have an Event or Conference Blog
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Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club – Special Monday Edition
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Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club – Cold War Edition
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Time For the Meetings Industry to Have a “No Meet” List of Countries

Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club – Somewhere Down the Crazy River

Great song, corny video, from Robbie Robertson and yes, the background vocalist is that dude from the Bo Deans.

5 Reasons Not To Have an Event or Conference Blog

 

There are so many reasons why you should have a conference or event blog.. I have covered those before. But what about the reasons not to have a conference or event blog. When does it make sense to skip it all together and just say screw it?

After giving it some reasoned thought, here are the top 5 reasons not to have a conference or event blog:

5 – Your conference or event already has plenty of attendees.

We have plenty! Why would we want to attract more? Our attendees and members are so loyal to us that we certainly don’t need any more touchpoints. We are not worried about that other association and their show.. did you know that they are wasting their time having a Facebook thingy and twittering, I wonder what they are telling people on that thing, what they had for breakfast. Those fools.

4 – It is just too much work.

Spending 20 minutes a day finding articles and information for our members  and attendees is time consuming. My day is much better spent surfing the web and playing games on Facebook.

3 – My Attendees just won’t go for this type of thing.

Our attendees are old school and really like it when we mail them a printed newsletter.. How do I know? Our director says it is so and he has been with the association for 35 years.. he has the pulse of the group and is really tuned in to their needs.

2 – We don’t need anymore sponsors

Sponsors are like an ATM to us, they come back every year and we don’t have to do anything. Why would they want to be featured in a blog post? People can see them on the show floor or on those hanging banners in the exhibit hall and that is way more important than being on the web where millions of people have access to the information. The internet is just all those crazy kids.

1 – I am going to work here forever

I don’t need to be the type of person that improves my skills and actually makes an event better. This conference is on autopilot and I am going to work here forever so why should I actually learn how to do something new? The recession is coming to an end and everything will get back to normal and there you go. Even if I have to go out and look for a new job, do you really think that there are other meeting and event planners that actually know how to do this stuff?? I don’t think so, they are just like me.

There you have it! 5 reasons not to have a blog for your conference or meeting!

Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club – Special Monday Edition

Gary Moore, guitarist for the legendary Irish band Thin Lizzy was found dead today.

Huffington Post Reports:

LONDON — Bandmates say rock guitarist Gary Moore, a former member of influential Irish band Thin Lizzy, has died. He was 58.

Manager Adam Parsons told the BBC that Moore was found dead Sunday at a hotel on Spain’s Costa del Sol, where he was on holiday. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey said Moore’s death was a “total shock,” and guitarist Scott Gorham said he was “a great player and a great guy.”

So, in rememberance, take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy “The boys are back in town”, one of the best rock songs ever…. period.

This tune is on many a playlist that we jam while setting up or tearing down from an event…

Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club – Cold War Edition

Growing up in the 80s, we were all afraid that the bombs would fall and that would be the end of the world…. duck and cover, BOOM.

Back then, we did not subscribe to this slowly picking ourselves apart, one day at a time crap… we had goals back then, they were big goals….. If you were going to do some damage, make it a planet, not a supermarket, train station or simple school bus.

So here is the Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club, 80s Cold War Edition

And for those of you who are too young to remember, yes, each one of these songs is about Nuclear War…..

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities In Dust

99 red balloons – Nena

Men at Work It´s a Mistake

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes

Roger Waters – Home (from the 1987 concept Album Radio KAOS)

U2- Seconds

Sting – Russians

Time For the Meetings Industry to Have a “No Meet” List of Countries

Meetings Industry Boycott

I am sitting at my desk working and watching events unfold in Egypt.. I did the same last week when Tunisia went to hell in a hand-basket. I sit here wondering what it means for the meetings and events industry and our attendees and our meetings that have to be cancelled or moved.

That is when I had a thought… Why are we having meetings in countries like this in the first place? Why are we supporting regimes that oppress their people, suppress their rights and make their lives miserable.

A couple of years ago, I was against an MPI Meeting that was being held in Dubai, I was against this event because Dubai’s record on Human Rights is shaky at best. You can check out Wikipedia, they have a good rundown about Dubai (The U.A.E.), here is a snip:

The UAE does not have democratically-elected institutions and citizens do not have the right to change their government or to form political parties. In certain instances, the government of the UAE has abused people in custody and has denied their citizens the right to a speedy trial and access to counsel during official investigations.[2]

At the time, I felt that MPI holding an event here was a really bad choice and my reaction  caused quite the firestorm because people were saying that by meeting in Dubai, we were sharing our values and understanding of America and Americans.

I stand by my original opinion….

If you are a meeting and event professional and you hold a meeting in a country where the government is violent, oppressive and against their own citizens, then you are part of the problem. You are putting money in the hands of the despots that run these countries. You are one of the reasons that women are raped, children are denied an education and that violence reigns. YOU, yes YOU. Your meeting or event puts money in the pockets of the oppressors.

Meetings and events in developed, oppressive countries are like Blood Diamonds.

Don’t say that I am overreacting either, that would be a chicken shit answer.

I am here to say that it is time as an industry that we have a “No Meet” list. We need to pledge to say NO, that we will no longer support the oppression of our fellow man by holding a meeting or event in countries that are on the list.

There will of course be differences of opinion, there will be questions about where to draw the line.

What country should be on the “no meet” list. Would the United States qualify because of Guantanamo? Would Israel qualify because of the West Bank? Would Russia qualify because of Chechnya? Would India qualify because of Kashmir? How about China??

These are good questions and I think that the answer is very complicated. Russia is not like Tunisia, Israel is not like Sudan, India is not like Myanmar, Turkey is not like Egypt and the United States, for all of our faults, does try and is nothing like North Korea.

I want to give you an example of who would be on my “No Meet” list… Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, Venezuela and Sudan would certainly be on there and I will have to give a hard look at China and a host of others. I don’t know…it gets very, very tough. Cuba for example, for all of their bad, would not make my “no meet” list  because Castro is on the way out and change will happen rapidly there once he goes.

There is a difference between countries and I think that the answer, although unsatisfying, is much like Justice Potter’s quote regarding pornography:

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [“hard-core pornography”]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it“.

What is reassuring is that, as meeting and event professionals, we are smart enough to know the difference and we must make our own judgements about what countries we will or will not hold meetings and events in. It is ok to have different opinions and I will not threaten to put cross-hairs on you if I disagree with your choice nor will I call for second amendment remedies if you choose not to take part in a “no meet” list. You will simply know that you have blood on your hands for doing nothing.

One thing is crystal clear, it is time for us as an industry to stand up and pledge to make the world a better place and really do it. It is time as individuals and it is time as a group. Our industry associations don’t have the spine to do it…….so we are on our own.

The time has come to say that we cannot do this anymore, we cannot continue to support evil regimes, terrible governments and awful human rights abuses. I don’t care what others are doing, I am talking about the meetings and events industry.

It is up to us, the meetings and events industry, to be a part of the solution, not part of the problem. If we continue to do our business  and supply the money these regimes need to survive and thrive, then we are just as much to blame as anyone.

Who should be on the list? What is your opinion? Is a “No Meet” list a lofty goal that can never be accomplished or do we have the power to help bring change?

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