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Universal Truth 1: “Der mentsh trakht un got lakht.”


This Yiddish saying is widely translated as “Man plans and God laughs,” or further considered to mean, “Humans plan and the universe laughs.” Sounds like a universal truth about what we do for a living as meeting and event planners, doesn’t it?!


Most of us in the meetings industry consider ourselves to be so detail-oriented and precise. How could anything ever go wrong after countless hours of preparation, right?

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Older Profs Get a Chance to Hit the Books Again (via Bloomberg)

Accessibility, the ADA and Inclusion – It’s Our Job!
Shortly after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I was an MPI delegate to the board of the Convention Liaison Council—the previous name of what is now the Convention Industry Council (CIC).

5 Ways to Improve Intergenerational Interaction
It wasn’t until much later in life that I learned my generation (baby boomer) was the “center of the universe!” I’m sure in my formative years it was said how much influence we had and yet the research was far less sophisticated than it has become.
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