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.
Yesterday across North America, over sixty events celebrated the first North American Meetings Industry Day. Started in Canada over ten years ago, the purpose is to have our Industry more recognized across the country and our communities … so that people stop asking “But what is it that you do exactly?”
You just came back from a beautiful island where you stayed at a five-star property. You had a nice welcome cocktail by the pool and a farewell dinner on the beach. You are a top-performer for your company … and seriously, you have just experienced a very nice reward trip! Nothing more and nothing less. Your company may have invested a lot of money but is it really leveraging the emotional lasting impact a unique experience can create?
A little less than ten years ago, back in Brussels, my business partner Georges Yana and I developed a simple, yet very effective, methodology with the objective of helping organizations to align their face-to-face meetings with their strategy.