Melissa Fromento

If you want to market your product or service to thousands of people, you can take the path of intense advertising to reach those people one by one—or you can reach out to those whose jobs give them the buying power of thousands. Meeting and event planners have influence far beyond their numbers, and if you can make the right connections, they’ll make the sales for you. Meeting the Meeting Planners The U.S. had 51,000 meeting and convention planners in 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and that number is projected to grow by 20 percent over the next decade, reaching 61,000

Although technology has long threatened to do away with face-to-face communication, the availability of video and phone conferencing has yet to curb the need for professionals to gather with peers to exchange ideas, introduce new products or share business best practices. Meeting and event planners are the key to making those face-to-face meetings happen, whether in the shape of large industry trade shows, small-scale seminars or even coordinating that technical wonder, the webinar. In fact, according to Corporate Meetings & Incentives magazine, a trade publication targeting the decision makers involved in planning meetings, incentives and conventions, this is a growing market.

By Irene Chernassky Although technology has long threatened to do away with face-to-face communication, the availability of video and phone conferencing has yet to curb the need for professionals to gather with peers to exchange ideas, introduce new products or share business best practices. Meeting and event planners are the key to making those face-to-face meetings happen, whether in the shape of large industry trade shows, small-scale seminars or even coordinating that technical wonder, the webinar. In fact, according to Corporate Meetings & Incentives magazine, a trade publication targeting the decision makers involved in planning meetings, incentives and conventions, this is a growing

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