Ode (and a gift) for Meeting Planners!

A tribute (and a tangible gift to help you at the end!) to Meeting Planners everywhere, written by Stephanie Staples  of www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca

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Dear meeting planner, what can I say
To take your apprehension away

The first one to get there, the last one to leave
Dealing with the hotel and the meals and AV

Problems to solve, decisions to make
Running around, your reputation at stake

Keynote or plenary, panel or workshop
Budget and gift bags and travel non-stop

Who should you book, which speaker should you choose
One makes you a hero, one wrong choice and you lose

Their website looks good, they’ve mastered the art
Of seeming funny and witty and charming and smart

But real life is different, now you can tell
As the speaker descends from the high pedestal

She’s a prima donna, he wants first class
They both sell their products, but neither one asked

They grace you with their wisdom and bless you with their words
Why does the audience seem so perturbed?

What? No connection, no style, no content
No money back guarantee if they ruined your event

Dear meeting planner, what can I say
To take your apprehension away

I know you’ve been burnt and you’re scared as well
That each speaker you hire could make your life hell

But please rest assured we are all not so bad
Most work with integrity and most are so glad

That you allow us the privilege of sharing our passion
That you organize everything in a well-run fashion

That you do your job with what appears to be ease
So we can stand up and share our expertise

No standing ovation, no rousing applause
You wait in the wings until everyone’s gone

Your satisfaction lies in the evals that come in
Seeing people leaving with satisfied grins

We get the accolades and you get the mess
We get the paycheck and you get the stress

Dear meeting planner, what can I say
Thanks for what you do, you’re my hero today.

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A tangible gift for you!

If you are not already getting the Speaking of Impact magazine, please help yourself to it here. It is brought to you by the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers  (of which I am proud to be a professional member of). It will get mail  (like really mail-mailed!) to you and will provide you with insider tips to help you create the best events possible!


Stephanie Staples  is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success and an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker. She empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.  You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.


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