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December 15, 2014

Americas: Is Your Meeting Scrooged?

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Despite being wicked good at stretching a budget, meeting planners are not generally known as a stingy crew, and they tend to be “people people” too, with hardly a tinge of misanthrope to be found in the bunch. However, I do see a resemblance to Dickens’ classic character, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, in some planners who hear about—and sometimes even experience, and see the benefit of—interactive, peer-driven meetings, and yet they still come up with a meetings-speak equivalent of “Bah, humbug!” when it comes to applying some proven adult learning principles to their own events.

But in the spirit of the season, perhaps there are some things we can learn by walking a few miles in those Scroogely boots...

(Cue the whistling wind and clanking chains)

Oh look, it’s the pale shade of your old meeting planner colleague, Jacob Meetingsly, who is now doomed for all eternity to sit in an uncomfortable chair set theater style, chained to all the other chairs in the row, listening to a speaker read his overladen PowerPoints aloud to a darkened room.

Read more about Dickensian events at MeetingsNet.com...

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