One of the toughest challenges of being an independent planner is the loneliness of the entrepreneur. If you have just left a large organization to start your own business, you are faced with … yourself — no more colleagues around, no more “cooler talks,” and no more assistants to execute your instructions. If you have […]
Every Independent Meeting Planner should have an accountability buddy… Recently, I attended an event at the National Croquet Center in Palm Beach. While I was there, I played croquet (What else?!), and it got me thinking… As they were pairing us up with a partner to […]
Recently, I was speaking with a friend who was planning to transition from a large organization to start up her own independent meeting planning company. While the will to be her own Boss, make more money and have more time for herself, was there, I suggested to her to answer the following questions “to make […]
As an event business owner, we know what it means to adapt to different time zones. Over the past 20 years, I have traveled to over 50 countries! Sometimes I am in the air more than I am on the ground, like the one time The Industry was releasing the first Economic Impact Study at […]
You Need To Have A License To Play Golf In Belgium! Really? Is this for real? Yep! It sure is! You need a license to play golf in Belgium! Let me share an amusing story with you that highlights cultural differences and how they can cause issues with your client’s events. So here we go… […]
In today’s fast-paced world, we are always in motion, and continually doing various tasks throughout our day. As an Independent Meeting Planner, our TO DO List is always full and most of the time overflowing! Some of the things we do are productive and help us reach our short-term and long-term goals. However, some of […]
Having moved with my family to the US last summer, I recently discovered that there was something called “Spring Break,” but I didn’t change my routine and posted the following “Out of Office” message before going on vacation
Once upon a time, there was an invisible industry called “The Meetings & Events Industry”. Invisible because nobody knew that, in the US only, it was providing 1.8 million jobs!
In the early nineties, I was leading the Belgian Chapter of AIESEC, the largest international association of students in economics and management, and although we were students, we already had an Advisory Board composed of the main HR Directors of our sponsors companies (Accenture (now Andersen consulting), P&G, Unilever, Deloitte, etc.). It gave the […]
It was a beautiful afternoon at the Olduvaï Camp in Tanzania and we climbed a little rock to watch the sunset on the Serengeti. The view was breathtaking and you couldn’t see a telephone line, a building or anything man-made 360 degrees around.