Concurrent sessions

Saturday, 17 November

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Inclusion:  Beyond the Law Focus on Gender, Allergies, Families, Ability and Class Before it is Legally Required

As a Meeting or Event Professional, you want to foster inclusion for employees, members, volunteers and participants.  What is legally or culturally expected varies state to state and it is fiscally responsible to improve event practices to meet these expectations. This programme will teach meeting and event professionals how to keep attendees feeling safe, welcome, and included, as well as how to implement free to cheap elements to foster an inclusive environment and meet expectations before accidently excluding others.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know what you don't know to manage risk and unexpected exclusionary actions
  • Utilize existing tools, resources and spaces without having to spend any of your limited budget to foster inclusivity and a sense of belonging to increase retention
  • Develop new questions to address invisible needs

Your Latest Budget Friendly Event Technology

Integrating event technology solutions in events does not need to add extra cost to the bottom line. It is possible for meeting professionals to take advantage of the latest technology without breaking the bank. This involves staying up-to-date with the latest event technology, making educated procurement decisions and devising careful implementation strategies. This session gives participants a clear overview of new event technology that won't break the bank and is ready to be implemented in events. It also introduces industry professionals the tools they need to make educated procurement choices and it highlights the importance of a solid implementation plan.

Learning Objectives:

  • Get an overview of some of the latest event technology in action
  • Understand the pain points that come with implementation
  • Ability to evaluate what tools to invest in and the resources needed to implement them

What's "IN" for Food and Beverage

Wondering what the next hot food and beverage trend is? 

The City of Birmingham is home to the “2018 Outstanding Restaurant” and the “Outstanding Pastry Chef,” as awarded by the James Beard Foundation.  The city was listed by USA Today as one of the most “underrated food cities.”  Zagat also voted Birmingham the number one “up and coming” food cities in 2016.  The culinary scene is so enticing, Food and Wine Magazine relocated there.  And the beverage scene?  Birmingham has you covered with craft breweries, distilleries and wineries.

The panel, comprised of Birmingham experts, is eager to share their perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • New food and beverage trends
  • How food allergies and other special diets are being creatively designed and executed
  • What role sustainability is taking in the kitchen and at the dining table

CMP lab

The CMP Lab will be open throughout CMP Conclave. This is an unique experiential opportunities offering 10-minute micro-learning moments or 90-minute deep dives.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Fighting Food Waste: A Triple Win for People, Planet and Prosperty

Food waste is a serious concern for our industry, the environment and society.  Fortunately, there are proven practices that can help event professionals save money, reduce waste and support community programmes.  Join us to explore the impact and sources of food waste, learn practical tips for menu design and service styles that reduce waste and save money, and how to run a safe food rescue programme.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about how food waste has an impact on the environment, society and practical ways to reduce it for events
  • Learn how to implement a food rescue programme
  • Learn about industry wide food waste reduction efforts and legislation that provides liability protection

Top Trends and Innovations from NACE One Awards

The world of events is one of constant evolution, pushed along by new technology, social trends and cultural shifts.  You can stay on top of the latest and greatest by attending this session, where you'll see the top trends and innovations from the NACE One Awards.  We'll highlight key elements from the award winners, in the areas of design and concept, food and beverage, space utilization, entertainment and decor.  You'll walk away with a deeper understanding and examples of how you can incorporate them into events of all sizes and budgets.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify current innovations and trends in events and the design concepts behind them
  • Understand how to apply award winning ideas to your events
  • Enhance the design, concept and results of your events

Ripped from the Headlines

Every day we hear about fake news. This session will be anything but fake. The reason: you will drive the content. During this highly interactive programme, you will examine, deliberate and discuss meetings industry issues such as transportation, safety and security, taxes, infrastructure and education. Then as a group, we will prioritize the key issues. This programme will increase your awareness of the diverse issues in the industry and how they can affect your meetings and events.  The objective is to make one aware of the key issues and successful strategies that enable you to influence policy makers and garner support for projects beneficial to your organisation, your industry and your profession. You will leave with the tools needed to communicate with a stronger voice advocating the issues of meetings and the meetings industry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify, examine and deliberate key issues that impact the meetings industry
  • Depart with a greater knowledge of the meetings industry issues
  • Identify best practices for advocating for these issues
  • Understand the Actions of Highly Effective Advocates

CMP lab

The CMP lab will be open throughout CMP Conclave. This is an unique experiential opportunities offering 10-minute micro-learning moments or 90-minute deep dives.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Secrets of The General Session: A Peek Behind The Curtain

How you design a general session can make or break an attendees experience. Expectations have shifted. Instant access, 24-hour connectivity, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, Google – technology has changed how we connect and live in the world. Meeting professionals face ever-increasing pressure to deliver more dynamic and memorable events. By participating in this interactive session, meeting professionals will discover how to boost engagement for attendees, while delivering more value for both sponsors and meeting owners. Glenn and Rebecca will share secrets on how to transform your sessions to create more impact and relevance. Session participants will leave with current insights about general session formatting and specific techniques they can implement when designing their next event.

Learning Objectives:

  • Uncover experiential design strategies that augment the meeting experience and boost engagement for participants
  • Explore creative ways to showcase sponsors and make them irresistible
  • Leave with tips and techniques to get the most benefit from audio/visual resources

60 Cost Saving Tips in 60 Minutes

These 60 tips can make it much easier to find ways to save money. Everything from contracting and event technology to ground transportation is included with money saving ideas. There are some that you know and many that you might not have considered. A one-page summary will be included so you can add your personal notes. You will be introduced to the Value-Usefulness Window to evaluate which ideas best suit your purposes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know more ways to save money in each area of a meeting
  • Learn some items to include in the contracting process that assure you will save money
  • Know what to ask for and what not to ask for, depending on the size of your meeting
  • Learn to screen inforamiton using the Usefulness-Value Window
  • Have fun interacting and learning at the same time

CMP lab

The CMP lab will be open throughout CMP Conclave. This is an unique experiential opportunities offering 10-minute micro-learning moments or 90-minute deep dives.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

What Does Your First Impression Say About You

Join this interactive, transformational and fun breakout session to find out what YOUR first impression actually says about you. This is your opportunity to discover what your first impression says about your personality, your lifestyle, your work ethic, your lifestyle, your belief system or your core values. Because in every single moment and during every interaction with others you give off subtle cues and signs that can reveal a lot about who you are. After attending this session, you’ll be able to craft the way others are going to perceive you, rather than to sit back and hope it’s going to be great.

Learning Objectives:

  • Experience and find out what others think of them and when they think of them
  • Explore the seven image personas and realize why others think about them the way they do
  • Discover their unique talents, strengths skills and core values and develop their personal brand statement
  • Determine the many opportunities to differentiate themselves from others and stand out for all the right reasons
  • Leave feeling confident about the way they are moving through the world and how they can create a first impression

5 Steps to (Re)Validate Your Event

Tired of planning the same events year over year that produce the same results? Avoid death by meetings by efficiently validating your event to make sure it is one your audience wants to attend. Every event should be an opportunity to generate revenue for your organisation while reinforcing your business goals and objectives. This session will teach you how to validate your event to ensure you get buy-in from your members, board, staff and attendees while maximizing your ROI.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the steps to validate their event
  • Understand when it may be time to shift your event offerings
  • Learn new tools to use for each step of the validation process
  • Learn how to calculate ROI for their events

CMP lab

The CMP lab will be open throughout CMP Conclave. This is an unique experiential opportunities offering 10-minute micro-learning moments or 90-minute deep dives.

Sunday, 18 November

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Beyond Expectations: Creating Social Media Goals for Our Events and Achieving Them

In 2018, our attendees expect to see social media campaigns before, during and after our events. But beyond ticket sales and general marketing, what are you really trying to accomplish by using social media? Developing a social media strategy isn’t free. It requires time, money and resources to be successful. It’s time to stop thinking of it as an afterthought, and start considering it a useful tool in our arsenal for achieving the major goals of our event. In this session, you’ll have an opportunity to develop goals and examine how a strong social media strategy can impact the stakeholder experience at your event. We’ll also discuss how to demonstrate ROI to those who matter.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover what a strong social media strategy for your events looks like
  • Develop social media goals that you can achieve beyond vanity metrics
  • Learn how to prove social media ROI to the stakeholders in your organisation

Customer Advisory Panel: A Tale for Our Supplier CMPs

This engaging panel of professionals, each representing a specific market segment, will share their thoughts on the state of their industry, as well as their current and/or anticipated pain points. Learn from their experiences so that all suppliers can grow as seamless extensions of internal teams. Gain insights on powerful collaboration and viable concepts that eventually produce quality outcomes for your event attendees and create mutually beneficial customer/supplier partnerships that solve real problems and adds real business value to organisations. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Rethink your other strategies by experiencing how to integrity your client’s mission into your own
  • Shift your mindset to being a partner and not a supplier

Just Ask the Lawyer:  Legal Forum - The Sequel

Back by popular demand, industry legal eagle Johnathan Howe will tackle what is on your mind with this audience-curated session.  Contract clauses, attrition, legislative changes…bring your burning legal issue to challenge not only Johnathan’s legal expertise but also your fellow meeting masters.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover legal issues of concern and interest 
  • Review one current legal or court case to kick start the group discussion
  • Find out real answers to real current legal questions

All About You - Preparing a Leadership Development Plan

This engaging panel of professionals, each representing a specific market segment, will share their thoughts on the state of their industry, as well as their current and/or anticipated pain points. Learn from their experiences so that all suppliers can grow as seamless extensions of internal teams. Gain insights on powerful collaboration and viable concepts that eventually produce quality outcomes for your event attendees and create mutually beneficial customer/supplier partnerships that solve real problems and adds real business value to organisations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to be an advocate for your team
  • Learn how to identify and bridge gaps between where you are now and where you want to be in the future