Well, we made it. Today is the first day in 2012. 2011 was a really amazing year for my business and I’m really excited to see the things that 2012 brings. Like everyone, I made a few resolutions that I hope will lead me into a really successful, fun–filled year. I once heard that the first step in achieving any resolution is to share it with other people. So, here I am sharing my 2012 resolutions with all of you readers and I promise you that I would like to be kept accountable for these resolutions. If, in the course of the year, you see me stray from these resolutions, call me out. As you can tell from my blog, I’m a pretty straightforward person and I’d love for you to help me reach these goals in 2012.
All about relationships
One of my goals in 2012 is to really focus on relationships. Over the past couple of years, I’ve learned the value of networking and getting to know people on a deeper level. But, I’ll admit that it’s really hard for me to keep up with everyone that I’ve met and stay in touch. One of my goals this year is to organize my contacts and do my best to stay in touch with people. In every business endeavor and every networking event, I get to meet some of the most amazing people. These are people who are changing the world, hosting amazing events, and really doing big things in business. I value each and every one of you. So, I hope you expect hear from me more frequently and on a more honest level. I don’t want to get into stock emails and scheduled direct message updates. I just want to be real and stay in contact with as many people as possible.
The event business is so focused and built around community. The people you know are the people that you do business with. Therefore, the more people you know, the more people you can do business with. As I mentioned, relationship building is one of my biggest priorities, but I also want to be able to help others develop relationships themselves. As such, I’m launching NY Events – a monthly networking group for New York-based event professionals. The goal of this group is to bring the industry together and help make connections for my fellow colleagues. Of course, I’ll make connections as well, but my true goal is really helping to create a driving, strong network. I’m really excited to get some of the best event professionals in New York together on a regular basis and to see what happens with our group in the course of 2012.
As you know, my business is built around technology. I help clients integrate technology and social media into their events to create a better attendee experience, more efficient/effective meetings, and so much more. In 2011, I had a great opportunity to partner with imbookin to host PlannerTech in New York and Washington DC. This has been a great opportunity for me to learn about some of the event technology companies that are changing the landscape, as well as to introduce them to other event planners. I’m really excited to announce that we’ll be expanding to more cities in 2012 and doing more through the website, blog, twitter, and YouTube channels to help promote event technology with our industry. I really believe that technology is the wave of the future, and it’s in our best interest to learn as much as we can now.
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