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IF you've never been to a +Plan Your Meetings LIVE Event, here's a great recap from one of our #eventprofs  attendees. If you plan meetings & events, these free roadshows are a fun way to gather new ideas and increase your portfolio of business contacts. Here's a list of upcoming cities and dates. For a full list and links to register, visit http://planyourmeetings.com/events.

Austin - May 26
Charlotte - June 21
Raleigh - June 22
Denver - July 21
NYC - Aug. 25
Dallas/Frisco - Sept. 22
Fort Lauderdale - Oct. 13
Houston - Nov. 9

Plan well & prosper, friends! #yaypym  
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I hope you can join me and +Christy Lamagna Thursday for this special Hangout to discuss why the meetings industry needs us to be better advocates and what we can do to keep meetings from falling under attack. Please share with your #eventprofs and #meetingindustry   #meetingprofs  friends!
 
According to business executives, events are the No. 1 marketing channel in terms of driving revenue and reaping ROI. Meetings are the fastest way to educate, inform, gain consensus, handle crises and train people. So why do they keep coming under attack?

If you're involved in the meetings industry, there may be things you're doing (or not doing) that are making it easier for the media, politicians or even your boss to dismiss the true importance of the meetings and events you plan, attend or are supporting.

Join us for this 30-min conversation with Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM, to discover how and why you should become a meetings advocate, and the little things you can do that could dramatically effect how people view this industry.

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About our guest:  Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM

When Christy joined the meetings industry 25 years ago, event planning was more of a concept than a recognized profession. In the ensuing two and a half decades, she proudly participated in its evolution while growing along with it. By teaching two, strategic planning classes at the University level for the last ten years, Christy is actively striving to shape the industry’s future.

An endless drive for self-growth, Christy earned a Masters in Arts degree, graduating cum laude, and holds multiple industry certifications, (CMP, CMM, CTSM). Christy’s contributions to the industry are seen in her extensive library of thought-provoking articles stratetic.events/inthenews as well as webinars (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=christy+lamagna+amex+open) she hosts and through events at which she speaks.

Recently, featured in an American Express spot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXNi6i6mg2I) and the recipient of the ‘Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist,’ a ‘Top 25 Woman Entrepreneurs and Business Owners’ and an ‘Oneonta Alumni of Distinction,’ Christy has been recognized nationwide for her achievements and contributions as leader, mentor and entrepreneur.
In 2001 Christy set out on a mission to bring the industry and the talented professionals who share her passion for strategic planning the respect they deserve. Her first step was founding Strategic Meetings & Events, a strategic planning firm which produces goal-driven corporate meetings, worldwide. In 2015, she launched SME Displays (strategicdisplays.com) a tradeshow and displays company which brings SME’s quality of service and attention to detail to displays sales worldwide.

‘Life Strategies with Christy Lamagna,’ a series of online courses, a formal mentoring program and one on one coaching had its soft launch in January of 2016 and already has a waiting list of participants. The goal for that endeavor is to inspire and help as many people as possible achieve their goals regardless of their field.

Christy’s passion for helping others is not limited to the event industry. She is on the Board of Directors of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV.org), an active contributor to Heart for Honduras (http://www.friendsofheartsforhonduras.org/), and Valorclinic.org, a foundation to help homeless veterans. Her philosophy of giving back is based on the ‘Tikkun Olam’ concept which means ‘repair of the world.’
The focus of her life and career is shifting to giving back. She has been incredibly blessed and wants to return her good fortune to as many people and causes as possible, while growing and learning throughout the process.
 
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FYI my #eventprofs  friends. If you're planning on coming to #WEC16  here's another incentive to do it before the price increases April 27.

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Registering for MPI's World Education Congress (WEC) before April 27 is already a smart idea because you'll save $100 off the full conference price. But Meet AC is offering another incentive to commit to attending: a WEC registration prize drawing.
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Want to learn how to put on mega-events? The winner of this contest not only will get to attend #CES2016, they'll gain 11 hours of hands-on training and walk away with a Certificate of Experiential Marketing with a concentration in trade show management! Enter before Dec. 19: http://planyourmeetings.com/win-education-at-ces-with-MPI
 
Amazing opportunity for meeting and event planners who are interested in learning how top-tier experiential marketers create mega-events: Enter to win a behind-the-scenes education at #CES2016 with the MPI Academy. Read more & enter here: http://planyourmeetings.com/win-education-at-ces-with-MPI

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Amazing opportunity for meeting and event planners who are interested in learning how top-tier experiential marketers create mega-events: Enter to win a behind-the-scenes education at #CES2016 with the MPI Academy. Read more & enter here: http://planyourmeetings.com/win-education-at-ces-with-MPI

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Just in case you've ever wondered who's behind +Meeting Professionals International (MPI) global events like #WEC16  I've started writing this series. Introducing Mara Jackson: She loves site visits, crab cakes and karaoke. Enjoy!
Long before the conference begins, Meeting Professionals International's Events Specialist Mara Jackson is on the scene, investigating potential sites and host destinations for global events like the World Education Congress (WEC), European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC), Experiential Event ...
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What are you doing this June #eventprofs? Join me in Atlantic City! I'll be leading a Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals Certificate course designed for non-traditional planners like my friends at +Plan Your Meetings But there's experiences specific for senior-level meeting planners and everyone in between too!

Here's more info on the class I'm teaching: http://www.mpiweb.org/Events/wec-2016/pym-experience

Here's some general #WEC16 info: http://www.mpiweb.org/Events/wec-2016/
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Amazing contest!
 
Amazing opportunity for meeting and event planners who are interested in learning how top-tier experiential marketers create mega-events: Enter to win a behind-the-scenes education at #CES2016 with the MPI Academy. Read more & enter here: http://planyourmeetings.com/win-education-at-ces-with-MPI

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Great travel advice on how to pack light for all your fall and winter holiday travel. From +Encore Atlanta 
It’s often been said that there are two kinds of travelers: those who pack light and right. Which are you? We have packing tips for both categories.
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Educate. Empower. Innovate.
Introduction
I'm the VP of Creative/Chief Storyteller of Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing. I determine the editorial direction for our main titles Encore Atlanta and Plan Your Meetings (PYM) and develop new digital assets and social media strategies to support our other divisions: Keep America Weird, PoshDealz, Promote Your Message and Planner Toolbox.

I'm also a professional speaker and travel writer who frequently educates, moderates panels and leads roundtable discussions about industry challenges and solutions, how to prove your worth in the workplace and incorporate technology to help you work smarter, faster and more efficiently.

In my spare time, I spend all the time I can with my family. Then, while they're asleep, I cram as many books as possible into my mind's eye, write my blog Things No One Tells You and stay up way too late writing and reading things on Quora. Take a peak inside my world.
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I helped found NYC's Village Lions Rugby Football Club's Women's Side and played open-side flank during their inaugural season. I played Maggie the Cat in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and got good reviews during my theater days in NYC. After studying improv briefly with UCB, I performed in comedy festivals in Chicago, NYC and Auckland, NZ, with an all-girl improv group (supposedly we introduced long-form spontaneous theater-style improv to NZ's north island). Then I was whisked away to Amsterdam, where I joined the cast of Boom Chicago and entertained and did corporate training throughout the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium. I even got a chance to be a Google Glass Explorer - one of the active ones! I love that my life has followed a lot of random pathways. And that I've finally found a way to synthesize and use all that knowledge and all my talents on a day to day basis.
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I take people's dreams and visions and develop the physical products and strategic support networks that make those goals attainable.
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Facilitation, education, content development, community building, strategic planning, event design, improvisation, writing and demystifying technology for the masses.
Employment
  • Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing
    VP of Creative/Chief Storyteller, 2011 - present
  • Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing
    Editorial (Assistant Editor, Associate Editor, Editorial Director), 2003 - 2011
  • Boom Chicago Comedy Theatre
    Improviser/Corporate Trainer, 2001 - 2002
  • Condé Nast Publications
    Graphic Designer, SELF Magazine, Marketing Dept., 1997 - 2001
  • Independent Contract Performer
    Actress/Improviser/Writer/Artist, 1995 - 2008
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As my daughter was getting into the car, she asked when she could go back to the dentist! A year prior, I had unsuccessfully tried to get her teeth cleaned somewhere else, but they freaked her out. So I was thrilled that her experience here was so happy. She loved the fun decor and play areas. Really fabulous way to get kids to care about their teeth.
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This is the WORST cable/internet company in the world. My suggestion is to NEVER do business with them. I had to move. They don't provide service where I'm moving. I was told that they would cancel my account because I've sold my house. They did not cancel my account. They're still charging me. They don't have any email or direct ways to communicate with people. There are no direct lines so they always have to transfer you to an agent or a department. Three times in the past 40 minutes I've been "transferred" and the call has dropped. When I do get people they have no record of my previous conversations and say there's no way Comcast would cancel a contract even if they cannot provide the service they want me to pay for. This is an insane way to treat customers. Run!
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All my husband wanted to do for his 50th birthday was to play a round of golf with me. I booked at the Trophy Course because my father said it was the best course near his house and they were babysitting for us. It was still almost 30 minute's drive there, but if we could have a relaxing day of high-quality golf, I figured it would be worth it. I think the course is in excellent shape, but there were a couple of things that really made this a very frustrating experience. The first thing was that when I checked in I purchased some range balls and was told to get them from "Mike" in the cart shack. I guess he had to give them out because the machine was broken. He wasn't there, so I had to go back into the clubhouse and the lady there had to track him down. He told me the range balls were up at the driving range, so my husband and I went up there. The only balls there were the ones left by other golfers. As I was walking back to see if I'd missed something, Mike drove up in a cart and started collecting the baskets of balls that we had started practicing with since we had spent money on a basket we couldn't find. I asked him where the balls he told me were there were -- by now I'd wasted 10 minutes just trying to warm up, which meant now I couldn't practice chipping or putting. Finally he brought up a basket but it was a waste of $6 because had to hurry to tee off almost right afterwards. What was even more frustrating, though, was that they had a junior tournament going on and they still sold tee times knowing there was going to be a bottleneck. At other courses with that kind of situation going on, they'll often start you on the back nine or something so you can play without getting stuck, but our starter just told us we'd catch them soon and have to be patient. We teed off at 12:44 and caught up to the tournament on the 3rd hole.... behind two other groups. One group gave up at the 6th hole and headed back to ask for a refund and the other gave up a little later. We still plowed ahead, determined to enjoy the game and the first round I had been able to play with my husband since his last birthday (our child is so little I can't get away on the weekends anymore). Needless to say the pace of play was glacial, which not only disrupted our enjoyment of the course, but also impeded our ability to finish our round. Four hours after teeing off, when we should have been finishing up, we had barely gotten to the 12th hole. We were losing the light and any hope of seeing any more of the course. Because there was no fluidity to the game, both my husband and the other golfer who'd joined us were getting too stiff in the cold to feel comfortable playing at that pace, so we just left. I really wanted to go back and get at least a 30% credit since we only got to get 2/3s of the way through the course, but I didn't want to waste any more time. It wasn't the girl in the pro shop's fault. It was management's. And I didn't want to cast any more of a pall over my husband's special day than the Trophy Club already had. My husband still said he enjoyed playing with me for his birthday. But I was really angry that I could have chosen anywhere to play, and I chose a course we couldn't finish. Since I very rarely get to play, I'm still furious that I got cheated out of 1/3 of the course and my money.
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I loved the RN I had, but I hated my doctor so much I can't even remember his name. This is why: Before the first test, I wasn't informed of my financial liability, so when I showed up, I had to fork over $800 right there. Then after a third round of tests, the office failed to call me in a timely manner with results. When I called them, the person I got on the phone wasn't able to decipher my results, every time I asked a question, she had to stop and ask the doctor and then come back to me. They wanted to do an MRI but I was pregnant. In frustration, I said, didn't I test positive for anything? She put me on hold to ask the doctor again. When she came back she told me I did test positive for Celiac. When I asked what that meant, she put me on hold to ask the doctor. When she came back, she told me "He said don't worry about it." Two miscarriages later I discovered that having Celiac was something pretty big to worry about. Really disappointed and shocked that a Gastro was so laissez-faire about a progressively serious immune disorder.
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