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Meeting World 2004 General Session

Tomorrow, I will be doing an opening panel session for Meeting World 2004 one of the world’s premiere meeting industry events — in New York City. I’m honored to participate on a panel with the well-known experts Joan Eisenstodt and Laila Rach, focusing on the theme of “Creating meetings in a changing world.”

I’ve written a discussion paper that outlines some of the trends that will impact the meeting industry in the years to come — you can read it here (PDF)

The session description: “The way meetings are present is a reflection of a society we live in. In this highly facilitated discussion, we’ll explore how shifting demographic, generational, multicultural and gender trends, as well as an aging population, are influencing the needs and wants of meeting attendees.”

I’ve long been a proponent of the view that a world of changing complexity, rapid innovation and change, new business models, and everything else, is leading to an increase in the need for just-in-time-knowledge, just-in-time-training, and just-in-time-strategy application — and that corporate and association meetings and events are a key cornerstone by which organizations can prepare themselves for the future.

Check out the conference site and learn more. [ details ]

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