Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

August 10 2015

What Do You Do When the Circus Comes to Town?

Teal Griffey

Contingency Planning for the New Millennium
Planner Only Event

Sept. 16, 2:30-6:00 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton – Crystal City

Unforeseen circumstances can be disruptive and cause your event to become a “Circus”.  There are no meetings or events ever held that do not have risks inherent in their planning and execution.  We’ve seen big issues – shootings, snow storms, hurricanes, massive flooding - curtail meetings even if those meetings weren’t ours.  Most of us have experienced firsthand the impact of what some of us call “paper cuts”: speaker no-shows, late arriving materials, breaks running out of food.  Whether large or small, a paper cut or a crisis can be disruptive.


It is possible to prepare, from site and destination selection forward, for meeting contingencies. Don’t believe that it’ll never happen at your meeting or it costs too much to have a plan.


In this session, through facilitated, interactive exercises, participants will work through likely meeting and facility scenarios focused on creating plans for preventing and preparing for potential risks and emergencies. 


By participating in this session, you will:


  1. Develop critical thinking skills to assess potential meeting risks.
  2. Learn to weigh risk factors in selecting destinations and sites.
  3. Discover how to partner with others to keep people and property safer.  


Speaker: Joan Eisenstodt founded DC-based Eisenstodt Associates in 1981 to provide meetings and hospitality consulting, training and facilitation. She works with associations, corporations, government groups, and others to provide meeting design, contingency planning, contract support and training. Joan was named by the PCMA Education Foundation for Lifetime Achievement as an Educator, the only non-academic to be so honored. She educates in all she does including her activity on social media and her blog meetingsfocus.com  

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Sponsored by Tourism Vancouver, DoubleTree by Hilton Washington, DC – Crystal City

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