There’s a bit of irony laced throughout our World Education Congress
(WEC) coverage in this month’s
issue of The Meeting Professional.
First, we have an interview with
WEC presenter and Quiet Revolution co-founder Susan Cain (Page
18), who shares insight on how to
get the best out of introverts like
her in an extrovert-friendly world.
Then we have Annette Gregg’s
monthly column (Page 36) in which
she discusses how mastering the
art of verbal communication is a
powerful way women can elevate
themselves in business. Annette,
who is also presenting at WEC, is
de;initely in the extrovert camp.
The irony is that Blair Potter,
our managing editor, resident introvert and unheralded hero behind the scenes of every issue of
The Meeting Professional, is ingrained within each story.
FROM THE EDITOR
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Aside from our WEC coverage,
a must read in this issue is our
story on meeting professionals
in France uniting to address safety issues for guests and attendees
following the November terrorist
attacks in Paris (Page 52).
“The meeting industry in France
is really concerned about how to
make a more secure environment to
make sure that people still want to
come to events,” says Julien Carlier,
president of the MPI France-Switzerland Chapter and CEO and
founder of Social Dynamite.
Our writer, Elaine Pofeldt, reports that 72 event communication
agencies joined together to share
best practices for handling emergencies.
“It was a really nice initiative of
the stakeholders of this industry to
share their processes,” says Carlier,
who is on the cover of this month’s
issue of The Meeting Professional.
“I think it is nice to see this collec-
tive movement where we all try to
;ind the best solutions to create a
That is a goal for all meeting
and event professionals, and it is
inspiring to see the unity of our
European colleagues in response
to the senseless acts that have oc-
curred, including the most recents
attacks in Brussels.
Until next time …
Editor in Chief
Blair, who shares his thoughts
on being an introvert in our contributors section (Page 12), conducted the interview with Susan
and turned out a strong report that
previews what will be a fascinating
Flash Point presentation at WEC,
June 11-14 in Atlantic City, N.J.
“We live in culture where every-
thing is set up around extroverted
norms, though half the population
is actually introverted,” Susan says.
“We’re expecting the introverts in
our companies to be creative and
productive and take on leadership
roles in the same mode that an ex-
trovert would do, but they actually
all work really differently. So my be-
lief is that we will see a huge spike
in productivity and morale when
we allow people to work in the
Blair also had a hand in the de-
velopment of Annette’s column,
her third installment this year fo-
cusing on the challenges facing
women in the industry. Annette, an
MPI board member, talks about the
power of effective communication.
Blair, one of the strongest copy
editors I’ve worked with, did the
;ine-tuning on Annette’s column,
which is not only informative, but
also includes tips for success.
“Globally, female input at leadership levels is grossly underrepresented, with women making
up less than 20 percent of corporate boards according to the
2020 Gender Diversity Index,” Annette writes. “Ask to be involved
in high-pro;ile meetings or projects that will give you exposure
to company strategies and leaders. Once you have been included in the conversation, be sure
you have input—don’t be afraid to
have a point of view.”
While I highly recommend
both articles, I also urge you to attend WEC in Atlantic City so you
can attend Susan’s Flash Point
session, “The Quiet Revolution:
Changing How We Work, Lead
and Innovate,” and Annette’s ses-