Well its crunch time – do you fork out for a registration for MEA’s conference or do you miss what will be the paramount, pinnacle, business and social highlight of 2011?
Do you miss out on meeting those 10 key opinion leaders (that’s your target isn’t it) that could just change your business life? Do you miss out on some educational content that could just make you more money and give you the kick along you desperately desire after the GFC, floods and hung parliaments? Do you really want to miss some of the best social events ever held in Brisbane’s New World City? Come on – you know you don’t.
There is a real buzz about MEA 2011 – the local host and program committees have listened to years of comments and IML responder questions from committed MEA conference “goers” and we think have done a pretty smick job in presenting the best yet. How can you know that unless you attend?
I am also extremely pleased to announce that Queenslanders have not been forgotten. In light of the recent surfeit of liquid sunshine MEA is offering them (and any sodden Victorians who suffered too) the Early Bird rate as our way of saying we feel your pain mate and this is the least we can do. Queensland and Brisbane are well and truly back in business – come and see for yourself.
When I was a student in the 70’s studying communication, marketing, PR etc., I was always told “end all campaigns with an action statement”.
“Hey you – yes you. Please get off your comfortable backside and register now for the best damned business meetings event in 2011. You can’t afford miss it and the free steak knives and wait there’s more…
I have attended all bar two of MEA’s conferences since joining in 1982. Why? Well it is not because I have to, nor is it due to an overarching sense of altruism. It is because I both want and need to.
On the personal development front I meet so many wonderful people. Those beginning their career, those perhaps a little lost in their career and those who simply work hard to make this wonderful industry what it is. My MEA family is large and there is not a day goes by that I don’t refer business or opportunities to them. Plan to meet 10 people who you admire or enthuse you.
On the professional development front MEA has provided so much inspiration - speeches on what others are doing and why they are doing it. I always leave MEA with my mind whirling over the possibilities and with a desire to act on this new information. Be challenged.
Then there is the battle of the waistline and the quest for the perfect hangover cure. Good food, good company and some exceptional experiences make MEA truly unique. More good business has been done over dinner or chance meetings over drinks than I can possibly remember.
I urge you to register as a delegate. If you can I urge you to encourage others, staff or colleagues to attend as well. Brisbane is a new world city and we will demonstrate the future of meetings and events.
Ray Shaw, AMM AFMEA
Local Host Chair
It is again my pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to the 24th annual Meetings & Events Australia Conference.
The local host committee, the program committee from around Australia and our very generous sponsors are working tirelessly to ensure that this conference fulfils your educational and networking needs.
You will have many opportunities to experience the latest technology, industry trends, best practices and global issues along with excellent networking and the very best that Brisbane has to offer. Coming out of a year of turbulence it will be a conference filled with resurgence and positivity.
I encourage you to come along and support the meetings and events most prestigious annual event, see you in Brisbane.
Rhona Walker AFMEA
MEA Chair of the Board