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November 2022 news & updates

A Message from the President:

Meeting Horror Stories...

Meeting Planners are such great problem-solving people. I had the pleasure of being a panelist last week at the Michigan Meeting Planners International program at the Soaring Eagle Conference Center on the topic of "Meeting Planner Horror Stories." The keynote speaker was Heather Reid, Founder & CEO of Planner Protect, Inc. Her presentation was very helpful in knowing what clauses can or should be in your event contracts to protect you from liability. Her handout was very thorough and I bet she would be interested in hearing from you if you would like it.

The panel was a mix of planners and hoteliers. We all experienced the “normal” events like double bookings, heart attacks, and speaker no-shows. All these scenarios required quick thinking and extreme problem-solving skills. The motto was “Keep Calm and Carry On." One of my situations that I shared was about an automotive event for 600 people with 150 exhibitors in Toronto, Canada. Two-three weeks before the event the host hotel went on strike. My automotive client would not cross the picket line…but the conference needed to go forward. I flew to the site immediately and started to brainstorm solutions. Exhibitor equipment was already shipped, and all arrangements were finalized. No other space was available in town. I came up with the idea “What if I could convince another major conference to switch facility spaces with me?” That’s exactly what happened. An offer was presented to other groups – making the switch financially rewarding. It was amazing how the convention bureau, hotels, and exhibit companies all pulled together to make the switch not only possible but successful. Sometimes, you just have to think outside of the box and “Stay Calm & Carry On."

With over 30 years of meeting planning experience, let me know if I can ever help you to brainstorm ideas. There aren’t many problems that I have not seen over my career. Happy to help. This is why at Meeting Coordinators, Inc. we offer free “Meet-ups." Ideas are shared in a no-judgment zone. By popular request, our next Meet-Up will be in the evening on January 18th at Shield's Pizza in Troy. Hope to see you there.


Ann K. Bruttell



Meeting Coordinators, Inc.



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Meeting Coordinators, Inc. would like to help your association and/or corporation get back to successful meetings, conferences and events in 2022. COVID has placed a strain on all of us. Associations and corporations are short staffed. Meeting Coordinators, Inc. can be that extra set of hands to coordinate your future programs. Because in every great association or company, there comes a time when a conference, seminar, sales meeting or special event must be arranged. Utilizing the services of Meeting Coordinators, Inc. will not burden your employees or volunteers with countless overwhelming logistical tasks. Meeting Coordinators, Inc. has a staff of experts to manage the day-to-day operations of your organization and also create professional events to exceed your every expectation. You can learn more about us at www.meeting-coordinators.com.

Meeting Coordinators, Inc. "Meet Up"

Whether event planning, association management, hotel sales/catering, AV specialist or hospitality industry liaison is your full-time job or part-time, Meeting Coordinators, Inc. invites you to meet for a cup of coffee with local meeting planners and industry professionals. The goal is to discuss ideas and to exchange advice on how to successfully plan, budget, organize, market, and run events on all levels. Not only are the ideas FREE, but you also get the chance to network with your peers.

By popular request--An EVENING Meet Up!

Meeting Coordinators, Inc. "Meet Up"

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 6-7:30PM

Shield's Pizza, 1476 W. Maple Road, Troy

If you are interested in attending, please be sure to contact Meeting Coordinators, Inc. at meetings@meeting-coordinators.com so we can look out for you. If you are unable to attend this Meet Up, but you are still interested in consulting with the team, please also feel free to reach out to the email above with any of your questions.

"The Powerful Pairing of Mentorship and Sponsorship"

Tuesday November 15, 2022

9am-10am, Webinar

Presented by Meller Marketing

For more information, please click HERE.

"Holiday Meet & Greet"

Wednesday November 30, 2022

5:30-7:30pm, Shield's Pizza, Troy

Presented by MSE Detroit

For more information, please click HERE.

"Discover the Gift of Differently-Abled Employees"

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

10-11AM, Webinar

Presented by Detroit SHRM

Please click HERE for more information.

"The Sale and Marketing of Cannabis in Michigan"

Thursday, December 15, 2022

5-8PM, MSU MEC, Troy

Presented by MSE Detroit

For more information, please click HERE.

Volunteers Needed!

For volunteer opportunities, please click HERE.

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