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TRENDS Make It Your Best Year! • Feel Good Why You Should Be Happy About The Meetings Industry WATCH 2014 75% said they have not considered a career change in the past year and of those who did, compensation, lack of appreciation and workload rank as the top three reasons they've considered a career move. Join The Optimistic ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜NOVEMBER 2013 42% 40 32% 30 say 2014 looks brighter 20 17% 10 0 10 Drawn In Participation Most of us feel optimistic about the health of the meetings industry in the next 18 months: 50 9% Gets Better Stays The Stays The Gets Same Same Worse (stable, good) (weak) room rates along with an increased requirement that decisions for meeting dates and locations be made quicker. At the same time, she continues to strive to meet the society members' needs, especially by incorporating meetings and social technology, as well as by increasing her reach to members unable to attend by repurposing segments of past meetings and making them available for purchase. Dallstream is a smart and savvy planner who's meeting the demands of the evolving industry head-on, and you'll find from the results of our 2014 Trends Report survey that she joins many others who are overcoming the challenges before them. ■ (slightly) Efforts to increase participation are working as attendance rates in 2013 were on the rise: 54% 60 Percent of Meeting Planners You're Not Alone, Most Meeting Pros ♥ Their Jobs • Mastering Tech Wearable Technology, Apps & Social Media participation to the quality education that will be presented, including new programming in a "TED Talk-styled" format. "We expect there will be a buzz about the meeting and how we are experimenting a bit with the 'tried and true' format used in the past," she said. Dallstream is also tackling budget battles head on, as she notes, "As with other medical associations, we are seeing a slow down in industry sponsorship. As a result, we're looking for new avenues to offer sponsors to make our meetings desirable to them, including adding openings for their use for promotional sessions at the annual congress." At the same time, she's battling higher Percent of Meeting Planners Leading the meetings trends into 2014 are your growing optimism toward your job and the industry, your savvy negotiating skills and efforts to control costs, and the wealth of tech tools available to engage attendees. This is according to a ConventionSouth survey of meeting planners conducted in October in partnership with Atlanta-based PKF Hospitality Research. Pamela S. Dallstream, CMP, CMM, director of meetings and conventions for the Society of Critical Care Medicine based in Illinois, took the survey and said she is "optimistic about participation" in the society's annual congress, which is set for this January. She attributes much of the rise in • Win The Budget Battle Get Free WiFi & Much More 50 say more are attending events 40 30 28% 20 18% 10 0 Increases Stays The Same Decreases Slightly w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m