Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Certifications

Two years ago, I was contacted (through twitter) by a professional organizer to guest blog for her on certifications in the meetings and events industry. Click over to read my post at Metropolitan Organizing LLC and/or learn more about becoming a professional organizer. Even then, I was writing about advocacy in the meetings and events industry. I guess some things never change while other things are changing rapidly.


The Convention Industry Council just published the Ninth Edition of the CMP Manual. Many CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) hopefuls will be purchasing the book to help them study but I highly recommend it for anyone currently working in the industry, and not just because I'm one of the authors! My affiliation with GMIC and keeping in touch with event professionals internationally through social media is what gave me the opportunity to be involved with this project.

As a follow-up to the guest post above, I thought I'd talk about the manual and the updated topics it covers. Our industry's most dedicated practitioners donated hours and hours of their time to help create this current resource.

  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Meeting or Event Design
  • Site Management
  • Marketing
  • Professionalism

In an attempt to tackle the issue of advocacy in our industry, the entire manual has shifted to a strategic approach and away from a logistics focus. This is why it could be an important resource for you, even if you already have a CMP or other industry designation.


I'm speaking about meetings and events industry certifications for someone who found me through the MPISCC Facebook group and I'll post that presentation on my slide share page after the event on July 11th.


You may have noticed that this post is about industry certifications, but the underlying message is how social media sets you up as an expert in your field and facilitates connections to people who have opportunities for you that you might never have imagined for yourself.