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It’s the people
ometimes I wonder how I’ve been in this business for so long. While it could be said that I’m in
the publishing game, with our major magazine being micenet, I see it more as working in
I’ve been doing it a long time now and continue to enjoy it.
I often wonder what keeps my interest and on reflection I have to say that it’s the people who make up
this great industry that keeps me here.
But I also wonder, are the big names still here or have things changed? Will we see fresh faces with strong
opinions forging new paths?
I ponder this following the passing of David Grant who I would consider to be one of the industry’s greats,
not only for the events that he created but for his willingness to sit on panels and talk about relevant topics
to keen listeners at industry-run events. He didn’t have to but he did.
I contrast this with what I see as an alarming change in the hotel sector and in the events industry’s
For those who have been around a while, do you remember when you were participating in a famil
somewhere and you arrived at your hotel where you were met by the general manager? Or how about even
having them as a dinner guest at your event that evening? Now tell me in the last two to three years whether
this has occurred?
On a famil last year I was amazed at how the opportunity of a GM – or even the sales and marketing
executive - to personally meet a dozen meeting and incentive travel planners all staying at their hotel wasn’t
taken up. Yes, the signed welcome card in the room was nice but that was it. Are they really too busy to take
five minutes out of their day for a meet and greet?
I compare this to the growing trend at some business events industry events to wheel out the big
professional speakers who tell the audience how to live life to the full when all the audience wants to know is
what lessons they have learnt in their years in the events business (as just one example).
Everybody is busy. Everybody has deadlines and meetings and pressures and owners and bosses
breathing down their necks.
I get all that, but I wonder, when all is said and done, there’s plenty of life beyond the four walls of an
office. And isn’t that where the action happens? Isn’t that what events are all about?
I’m not one for quoting quotes, but I love this one attributed to the U.S. entertainer Jerry Lewis: “I don’t
want to be remembered. I want the nice words when I can hear them.”
I also don’t mind this one from David Grant about his observations of one of the many guests who visited
the Olympic Club he and his team created for the International Olympic Committee in Athens in 2004:
“Princess Anne was charming, self-sufficient and low maintenance. I’ve never seen a sandwich eaten so
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