Are you a new meeting planner? Has someone handed you a project that you need help on?
Welcome to the world of Hospitality. This is a Great business with Great people and Great mentors.
Industry memberships provide a solid base of general information while building your network and promoting a learning environment. Memberships from organizations such as: MPI, CSAE, PCMA, CAEM, CansPep, etc are geared towards your specific type of industry whether your a trade show manager, corporate event manager, association planner or 3rd party meeting planner. These organizations are also very cross-sectional, as you can use the lessons learned in one membership and apply it to another project.
Remember that the venue(s) you are looking at can also provide you with enormous help on producing an event. The sales and catering teams plus operations staff members provide their expertise every day and are able to act as consultants on what may work and what may not.
Our profession has many suppliers, from many industries, that can also provide you with invaluable information on how to plan that next meeting, whether it be a Board Meeting for 10, a Sales Meeting for 100 or a Cocktail Reception for 1000.
Ask the questions, you will be surprised at how many answers you will get!