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MPI (Meeting Planners International) Monthly Meeting

Websitewww.mnmpi.org

Date:  Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Topic:  Marvelous Meetings: Kick-off Event & Committee Sign-up 

Kick off the 2008-2009 MPI MN year at its August meeting where you will be able to hone your leadership skills as well as be “educated” by committees from MPI MN including Membership, Education, Finance, Community Outreach, Leadership, and Communications. Each of these committees will be showcasing what they offer to our chapter and this is your opportunity to “celebrate” with them to ask questions, get involved or learn about MPI.

Energize your meetings with fun and practical techniques! The session covers all aspects of the meeting process: pre-meeting announcements, icebreakers, agenda planning, audiovisual tools and closing events in a powerful way. This program provides all the tips you need to have a spectacular meeting! Come prepared for an invigorating session!

About the Presenter

Edward Leigh creates positive workplaces to energize people and increase productivity. His clients benefit from his practical and entertaining tips to enhance morale, improve communication and stimulate creativity. He travels throughout the United States presenting high-content and entertaining programs for associations, corporations, government agencies, hospitals and schools. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in education. Both universities he received his degrees from honored him with Distinguished Alumni Awards. He is featured in the books Secrets of Superstar Speakers and Triumphs of the Human Spirit. He is often called upon to share his expertise including interviews on MSNBC News, The Today Show (Katie Couric interviewed him), the Discovery Health Channel, the Learning Channel and the Montel Williams Show.

America’s News Media looks to Edward Leigh for expertise and real-world insight into creating positive workplace/life environments and promoting health/wellness. As an established expert and author, Edward Leigh is sought after by local, regional and national media to offer his insights and opinions to focus on the positive side of life. He is a seasoned media guest via hundreds of media interviews. The media loves him for his high-energy style and practical tips!

Learning Objectives

Review techniques to open meetings with energy and enthusiasm.
Analyze exercises to add impact to meeting content.
Discuss techniques to close meetings to insure learning takes place.
Meeting Specifics

Schedule: 11:00am – Registration/Networking/Committee Table Sign-Up
12:00pm – Lunch
12:30pm – Speaker, Edward Leigh
1:30pm – Adjourn
 
Venue:  Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington
494 and France Location
3900 American Blvd W | Bloomington, MN 55437
(952) 893-9500
 
Cost: Before 5:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2008:
Members: $35.00
Guests: $45.00
Students: $15:00 After 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008:
Members: $50.00
Guests: $60.00
Students: $30:00
Registration: https://ssl.arcstone.com/nonprofitsolutions/oer2/index.cfm?org_id=106

MPI MN requests that you register online. However, you may also register by printing a registration form and faxing it to (651) 917-1835. Call the MPI MN office at (651) 917-6243 with any questions.
 
  NOTE: Avoid a $15 late fee by registering by 5:00 p.m. August 15, 2008. Cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance of the program. No shows will be billed. MPI MN is unable to hold unpaid registrations.
  NOTE: Meeting card holders must contact the MPI MN office if unable to attend.
Directions: Note that the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington is located at 494 and France. Do not confuse it with the Hilton farther east by the airport. Get Google Map directions to this event by following this link.

From the North #1: Take 35W South to 494 West, Exit 9B. Go west 1.2 miles and take the France Ave. South Exit 6B. Turn left onto France Ave. South and go .2 miles. Turn right onto American Blvd. West. Turn right into the first driveway on the right.
From the North #2: Take Highway 100 South to 494 East. Go one mile and exit onto France Ave. South, exit 6B. Turn right onto France Ave. South. First right onto American Blvd. West. Right into first driveway on the right.
From the South: Take 35W north and exit onto 494 West. Go west 1.2 miles and take the France Ave. South exit 6B. Turn left onto France Ave. South and go .2 miles. Right onto American Blvd. West. Right into first driveway on the right.
From the East: Take 494 West past the 35W Exit. Exit onto France Ave. South, Exit 6B. Turn left onto France Ave. South and go .2 miles. Turn right onto American Blvd. West. Turn right into first driveway on the right.
From the West: Take 494 East past the Highway 100 exit. Go 1 more mile and exit onto France Ave. South, exit 6B. Turn right onto France Ave. South. Turn right onto American Blvd. West. Turn right into first driveway on the right.
 
  General parking is free.
  Get the latest traffic reports at www.dot.state.mn.us/tmc/trafficinfo.
Visit www.metrotransit.com for public transportation options.

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