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Speed Dating in the Meetings Industry

Speed Dating at Le Windsor Ballroom,
Montreal. Photo Courtesy of The Planner
Last Tuesday I had the opportunity of participating in a half-day event organized by The Planner/ Le Planificateur in Montreal.

This was my first ever event with this publication and I really appreciated the innovative format. First I was one of five speakers who took just 20 minutes to speak on a particular area or trend. This TED-style presentations seemed popular with attendees, many of home appeared to be younger planners, Gen X and Millennials.  And as we reported before on this blog, one of the preferences of younger planners and meeting attendees is for shorter, quicker-paced presentation formats.

The pace continued after lunch with a speed dating/timed appointments format. During this time I was able to meet with 16 meeting and event professionals out of a possible 20 timeslots.

Both formats forced me to be so much more specific in my information style. What is clearly the way the marketplace is evolving!

All in all, planners and exhibitors seemed to appreciate the value for their money and time from this event. Well done, The Planner!