The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program was launched in 1985 to enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting professionals, promote the status and credibility of the meeting profession, and advance uniform standards of practice. The Event Industry Council proudly reports on their website that the CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a rigorous exam.
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Author: Mary Chris Hotchkiss, CMP, CTA
Mary Chris Hotchkiss, CMP, CTA is the Convention Sales and Services Manager with the Greater Lansing CVB.
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In any profession there are numerous challenges and different elements of the job people don’t enjoy. Sales certainly isn’t for everyone but after doing some reflection on my over 21 years in the hotel and meetings business, I came away with some potential insight that has not only helped me be successful in this industry, but be a happier person overall.
November is fast-becoming well-known as the month of gratitude and recently I have been reflecting on that very thing.
A few weeks back I experienced the loss of my father and although it has been incredibly sad, I have also found a way to set aside my grief long enough to count my blessings.
When I started at the CVB 10 years ago, I really thought that it wouldn’t be much different than my previous jobs in hotels sales. What I quickly learned is that selling a destination and selling a hotel and/or meeting room was, in fact, very different!
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