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Now is the time to stop, think and book your place at the mia conference

Friday 12 June 2015, BMA House London

Stop and Think is the theme for the mia 25th Anniversary Conference on Friday 12th June at BMA House London. Aimed at general managers, venue directors, sales professionals and conferences organisers as well as suppliers and agents the conference promises to deliver a unique experience and platform for the meetings industry.

The conference, whose headline sponsor is The Meetings Show, has been built to not only challenge thinking but to equip individuals with practical tools and knowledge to sharpen their approach to their own development and their business growth.  Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia talks about the approach that has been taken so far in shaping the conference programme.

“Our task was to create something different, that will not only inspire the industry but that will challenge the way they think.  I want every delegate to walk away with renewed energy to think differently and to feel equipped and inspired to make brave, bold decisions for their career and their business.  After some difficult years in the industry we now have the opportunity to remind people that they need to question everything they do and our industry needs to champion new strategies and engagement with our employees as well as our customers”.  

The day will be introduced by keynote speaker, Mike van Der Vijver, co-founder of MindMeeting and author of Into the Heart of Meetings.  Working internationally as a meeting designer and advisor, Mike specialises in the design of effective meeting programmes and formats designed to stimulate both produce and service innovation. Mike will set the tone for the day and open delegate’s minds to a new way of thinking and get their brains ready for a day crammed with enterprising speakers, practical workshops, inspiring panel discussions and plenty of networking opportunities.  

Delegates will be able to choose from three streams throughout the day, enabling them to tailor the programme to suit their individual requirements. Jackie Mulligan, Principal Lecturer & Director of Enterprise UK Centre for Events Management, Carnegie Faculty International Centre for Research into Events, Tourism & Hospitality and conference committee member, highlights the need for the industry to Stop and Think. “We don’t get enough time to stop and think, mainly because we seem to programme it out of ourselves. Even if we have free time, we spend it staring down at our phones and scrolling down. I travel a lot and I see that on trains and indeed in traffic! But perhaps the most innovative sparks are when we raise our heads, look out of the window or simply daydream. The challenge in our ever busy lives, in particular in hospitality and events, is finding time to look up, look around and look ahead.  The conference will give moments to participants to reflect on new ideas, approaches and thoughts. To make them count and turn into positive changes, we might all need to promise ourselves to switch off our devices on the trip back home.  

Reporting live on the outcomes from each of the day’s sessions and drawing proceedings to a close will be Broadcaster, Steph McGovern.  Steph reports on business and finance around the world and regularly interviews those on the frontline of British business getting to the heart of what’s actually going on the real economy. 

Places for the mia’s ‘Stop and Think’ conference area available at the attractive rate of £150 plus VAT for AIM Accredited Venues and Suppliers.

Non AIM Accredited Venues and Suppliers can book a place for £199 plus VAT.

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