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Who’s to blame? August 9, 2011

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The following has been sent to USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the Sacramento Bee newspapers as a Letter to the Editor:

Who’s to blame?

Due to the recent debacle in Washington over the debt-ceiling, American’s are asking “Who’s to blame?”

Most would like to blame the incompetent members of Congress, incapable of patriotic compromise over scoring political points for the upcoming election. They are an easy target with the constant pandering to the media with tongue lashing partisan political attacks aimed at the opposition. The President and Congress both share an equally fair amount of the American wrath.

It’s time to look in the mirror. Blame simply goes to the American electorate, who have usurped their role in our republic buy forfeiting there voice to elected officials and divisively partisan political parties. We as individual citizens must participate in the process. We must use our voice to advocate. We must call, write, attend town halls, or any other opportunity to share our thoughts and desires with those we have entrusted to serve. It is not shame on them, the elected, it us shame on us the citizen. This is our fault if we don’t participate in the process of governing. Don’t shrug your shoulders and claim that ‘the elected’ don’t listen even if we the citizen try. If the elected don’t listen, then you must do the one thing that you can control – VOTE. We have the power to hire and fire with every single election, but rarely do we exercise our full rights.

If you are looking for someone to blame – look in the mirror!

Sincerely – a concerned citizen,

Roger Rickard

Rocklin, CA

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Hope to see you at the PCMA Education Conference. June 1, 2011

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This video is to promote the keynote presentation by Roger Rickard, Chief Advocate for Revent at the Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA) Education Conference, June 20 – 23, 2011 in Baltimore, MD. Click here to learn more about this event. http://www.pcma.org/Education/MeetingsEvents/PCMA-Education-Conference.htm 

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This is our time video. April 7, 2011

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This is Our Time video prepared for the New York Meetings Industry Exchange (NYMix) sponsored by the Greater New York Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Roger is presenting a program entitled, Meetings move Main Street. Click on this link to learn more about this event. http://wp.me/pBLDq-2j
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Airline Quality Rating study – complaints up 28% since 2010 April 4, 2011

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The friendly skies?  Not according to the results of the recently released Airline Quality Rating (AQR) study, compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Airline performance complaints went up a whopping 28% in 2010, according to the study. Customers are not satisfied, even though the airlines lost fewer bags, bumped fewer passengers and flew more flights on time. Learn more from this story in USA Today. http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2011/04/aqr-rating/154335/1

What are your recent airline travel experiences? What can airlines do to improve service? Share your thoughts on the state of the US airline industry.

What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 10 February 18, 2011

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Empowering people to make a difference

What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Why is it important to meet face-to-face?

Psychologically there are a number of positive values about face-to-face meetings that cannot usually be achieved as well through other forms of communication. Here is part 10:

10.      Face-to-face meetings allow for “side-line” or “side-bar” conversations among individual attendees that are often very valuable. These off-line conversations or discussions help in terms dealing with decisions, understanding or clarifying content, sharing of information, exchanging of ideas, and the discussion of agreeing or disagreeing with issues put forth to name a few. Some argue that this may be one of the greatest values of face-to-face meetings.

I NEED YOUR HELP! What other topics you feel portray the value of face-to-face meetings?

I want your perception! Your thoughts! Your value!

Keep sending me all of your comments as they are all welcome. Please feel free to respond publicly here on the blog or privately to roger@reventllc.com.

Thank you in advance.

Meetings Industry shows it’s economic muscle February 17, 2011

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I was privileged to be at the live press conference today at the National Press Club in Washington, DC reveiling the results of The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy. It was wonderful to see the key industry partners together promoting the value of meetings.  The numbers don’t lie, we (the meetings industry) are a powerful industry and the time has come to act like one.  Look for my upcoming series on: The 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates.

For more information regarding the data from The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy go to: www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com

What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 9 February 17, 2011

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What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Why is it important to meet face-to-face?

Psychologically there are a number of positive values about face-to-face meetings that cannot usually be achieved as well through other forms of communication. Here is part nine:

9.      What is the norm of the organization? Face-to-face meetings provide strong vehicles for participants to learn the comparative norm of the organization as well as its distinctive culture.  People learn within organizations by observing how others behave and exhibit emotions. These norms provide information such as the value and meaning of showing up on time. How to conduct oneself within the organization. Who has the power within the organization? What is reinforced? What is rewarded? What is punished? These are examples of things people learn in face-to-face meetings, which might not be apparent in electronically-based communication devices.

I NEED YOUR HELP! I am gathering information for a project which I am writing on the value of, and perception of, face-to-face group meetings. The focus is on the group dynamic of meetings and not on one-on-one, face-to-face sales presentations. During each part of this series, I will share a new positive feature about face-to-face meetings. I want to learn from you, the attendee, on what you achieve and receive from attending face-to-face meetings. I want your perception! Your thoughts! Your value!

Keep sending me all of your comments as they are all welcome. Please feel free to respond publicly here on the blog or privately to roger@reventllc.com.

I want to thank you in advance for your participation in assisting in creating a greater value to face-to-face meetings.

What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 8 February 16, 2011

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What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Why is it important to meet face-to-face?

Psychologically there are a number of positive values about face-to-face meetings that cannot usually be achieved as well through other forms of communication. Here is part eight:

8.      Face-to-face business meetings allow for individual attendees to develop strong social relationships among themselves. There are higher levels of importance to shared activities when facilitated face-to-face. The social bonding and showing of commitment by being fully engaging in mutually meaningful experiences. We can all recall with great clarity whom we were with, and what we shared, when we experienced a meaningful interaction in a group setting. What special shared moments can you remember while attending a face-to-face meeting?

 

I NEED YOUR HELP! I am gathering information for a project which I am writing on the value of, and perception of, face-to-face group meetings. The focus is on the group dynamic of meetings and not on one-on-one, face-to-face sales presentations. During each part of this series, I will share a new positive feature about face-to-face meetings. I want to learn from you, the attendee, on what you achieve and receive from attending face-to-face meetings. I want your perception! Your thoughts! Your value!

Keep sending me all of your comments as they are all welcome. Please feel free to respond publicly here on the blog or privately to roger@reventllc.com.

I want to thank you in advance for your participation in assisting in creating a greater value to face-to-face meetings.

What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 7 February 15, 2011

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What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Why is it important to meet face-to-face?

Psychologically there are a number of positive values about face-to-face meetings that cannot usually be achieved as well through other forms of communication. Here is part seven:

7.      Face-to-face business meetings allow for individual attendees to evaluate and judge the integrity, reliability, competencies and skill sets of other participants and leaders in ways that are not easily evaluated within computer or virtual methods. It is comparative human nature, people judge people. Do I fit in with this organization? Do we have similar values and standards? Are they worthy of my trust?

I NEED YOUR HELP! I am gathering information for a project which I am writing on the value of, and perception of, face-to-face group meetings. The focus is on the group dynamic of meetings and not on one-on-one, face-to-face sales presentations. During each part of this series, I will share a new positive feature about face-to-face meetings. I want to learn from you, the attendee, on what you achieve and receive from attending face-to-face meetings. I want your perception! Your thoughts! Your value!

Keep sending me all of your comments as they are all welcome. Please feel free to respond publicly here on the blog or privately to roger@reventllc.com.

I want to thank you in advance for your participation in assisting in creating a greater value to face-to-face meetings.

What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Part 6 February 14, 2011

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What value(s) do we realize as an attendee from meeting face-to-face? Why is it important to meet face-to-face?

Psychologically there are a number of positive values about face-to-face meetings that cannot usually be achieved as well through other forms of communication. Here is part six:

6.      Individual attendees are more inclined to develop social “identities” in terms of group membership with face-to-face contacts. Attending face-to-face meetings help individuals develop clearer understandings of how they themselves “belong” to the organization in which they work. How do they fit in? What is their status among other group members? Most would experience pride when asked to be included in face-to-face meetings with high-level executives or powerful people within organizations. Meetings help organizations define and represent the social entities and relationships within the organization.

I NEED YOUR HELP! I am gathering information for a project which I am writing on the value of, and perception of, face-to-face group meetings. The focus is on the group dynamic of meetings and not on one-on-one, face-to-face sales presentations. During each part of this series, I will share a new positive feature about face-to-face meetings. I want to learn from you, the attendee, on what you achieve and receive from attending face-to-face meetings. I want your perception! Your thoughts! Your value!

Any and all comments are welcome. Please feel free to respond publicly here on the blog or privately to roger@reventllc.com.

I want to thank you in advance for your participation in assisting in creating a greater value to face-to-face meetings.