We have talked about down time for a meeting planner on this site many times before. Many people assume that meeting planners are relaxing this time of year. You see, generally speaking, this is a slow period for meetings and events in general. However no rest for the wicked as one of the industry’s largest association, PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association), will be holding its annual conference in Orlando from January 13 through January 16.
This conference, which is held for planners and industry vendors alike, has a strong emphasis on education. This year’s conference also showcases innovations that meeting planners can implement to help them do their jobs better.
Orange County Convention Center Will Host PCMA’s Convening Leaders Conference 2013
Orlando’s convention center, otherwise known as the Orange County Convention Center is host to this year’s PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2013. And if you have to go to a conference in January, Orlando is certainly an attractive destination. There is no shortage of activities for organizers and suppliers to plan for networking and supplier events. To find out when an event can be hosted as well as PCMA’s guidelines for hosting an event, click here.
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This conference is considered to one of the meeting planning industries top events. The website has been designed to provide easy access to scheduling and the various events occurring. There are also some great tools that anyone attending can utilize.
The speakers alone are an impressive lineup. One of the top speakers this year is Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman. Mr. Friedman is a renowned author as well as a New York Times columnist. For a full list of conference speakers, click here.
Good News for Those Wanting to Become a Certified Meeting Planner
PCMA has always been conscious of our next generation of leaders. Each chapter within the Association has some type of program, or focus, geared towards students within their regions. Personally, this is one of the main reasons that I have the respect that I do for PCMA. They recognize the fact that upcoming leaders are a crucial part of our industry.
Many new and existing meeting planners are interested in the certified meeting planner, or professional, designation (CMP). Well the good news is that individuals can earn what’s known as “clock hours”. These clock hours are part of the requirements for the CMP program.
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Many meeting planners and suppliers are now making their way to Orlando for PCMA’s convening leaders 2013. This educational and innovative conference is one of the top events in our industry. For those who want to follow the conference and any updates on twitter, you can do so by following the hashtag #pcmacl .