First let me appologize for the longer than planned break in our postings. I have been dealing with some personal and family health issues and it's kept me away from posting here for far too long.
I'm breaking format in a few ways today, the first being that this will just be a written post and not a podcast episode, the other will be that it links out to a story that I think is very important to consider by all of us in the meetings industry. Back in August I did a podcast on Fire Marshals (Episode #10) and this relates back that information.
Just a few days ago we had another fire tragedy that has left a still unconfimed number of fatalities, with numbers of around 34 killed being reported so far. This horrible fire happened in an unliscenced venue where a music event was taking place. So, while it may not seem directly related to the meetings industry, it has relevence and resonance by the fact that it was a gathering of people...exactly what we all do on a daily basis.
CNN today had a story today discussing these numerous trageties and I thought it was worth sharing: www.cnn.com/2016/12/05/opinions/be-your-own-fire-marshal-barylick-opinion/index.html
Basically the message from the CNN piece is that we are all our own fire marshals and responsible for our own safety. For those who don't want to link over, this is what I feel is the most important message from the story:
"What does it mean to be your own fire marshal? It means that upon arriving at any venue, you must look carefully at the building. Does it look well maintained? Does the staff appear well trained? As you proceed to your seat, take notice of your route. Are there any pinch-points (areas where congestion is likely to occur) that would interfere with quick escape?
Once seated, locate the nearest exit (in addition to the one you came in) and share its location with your friends. Agree beforehand that this is the exit you'll immediately head for in the event of any emergency or threat, be it a fire, an attack, or a natural disaster.
To ensure your safety and those of your friends, go with your gut. If a building feels wrong, or dangerous, leave. No show is worth your life."
All of us in the meetings industry must go a step further than just considering our personal safety. We need to also assure the safety of all of the guests at our events. No matter what your role at an event, you must be aware of potential hazzards and address them immediately with the appropriate people.
This horrible event in Oakland didn't happen in a ballroom or in a hotel, but we all know that there have been tragic fires in traditional venues in the past. Please, work with your local fire marshals and other safety officials to assure that every gathering you are connected to is being held in a safe manner for the staff and the guests. If we all are diligent and aware, maybe tragedies like this can be prevented from ever happening again.
Please be safe and always speak up when you see something that is a potential hazzard.
Wishing you all a safe and joyus holiday season!
We'll be back with our regular podcasts again very soon!
Strategic Meeting Tech Podcast Show #20 - Janee Pelletier, MBA, CMP previews “Budget-Driven Meeting Planning”, her upcoming session at the CMP Conclave
On today's podcast we talk with Janee Pelletier, MBA, CMP, DES of Conference & Logistics Consultants about her educational session at the upcoming CMP Conclave in Baltimore.
Her session, "Budget-Driven Meeting Planning: Contracts, Expenses and Your Career" is a terrific overview of how planners can look at their events with a budgetary perspective at the forefront of their thinking. Flawless logistics are no longer the measure of a successful meeting. And, with a greater focus in organizations on the budgetary side of an event; to progress your career and be more valuable to your company, you need to be able to work comfortably within the budget realm.
Janee will offer practical advice she's found for cost savings, as well as guidance for setting up a budget template and making well considered projections of possible variable expense areas of your event. There's still time to join us in Baltimore at the CMP Conclave, September 16-18.
Strategic Meeting Tech Podcast Show #16 - Jan Roy, PhD, CMP previews “The Importance of Soft Skill Competencies”, her upcoming session at the CMP Conclave
On today's edition of the podcast we talk with Dr. Jan Roy of Kaplan University about her session slated for the CMP Conclave in Baltimore next month. She'll be looking at a terrific area for self-improvement and career advancement.
"The Importance of Soft Skill Competencies for Meeting Professionals" will help attendees better understand the area of soft skills and how it's an area of growing importance within organizations and an individuals potential to advance their career. Her focus will be on the leadership aspects of soft skills and some of the ways that attendees can better understand and develop them.
There's still time to join us at the CMP Conclave in Baltimore on September 16-18. You can learn more here: CMP Conclave.
Strategic Meeting Tech Podcast Show #12 - Karyn Buxman previews her Lead With Levity session at the CMP Conclave
The Convention Industry Council holds its annual CMP Conclave in less than a month in Baltimore. So that means that in less than a month attendees will be able to share in numerous sessions aimed at helping CMP's to hone and improve they personal and professional skills.
The opening keynote at the Conclave titled "Lead with Levity" will be presented by Karyn Buxman.
Karyn, a neurohumorist, has devoted her career and authored numerous books studying the ways that humor can enhance an organization and its leadership. She offers practical tips and advice for applying humor to all types of situations and ways for developing better skills to add humor to your daily habits.
She spent some time on the podcast giving us a preview of her message, as well as a few of the many tips that she'll be sharing in person when she presents in Baltimore.
You can learn more and register for the CMP Conclave at the CIC website. CMP Conclave
Jon Trask, CMP, CMM
A passion to improve both the meetings and Audio Visual industries by helping to create better and more effective technology conversations..