Summary of Last Minute Meetings

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Last Minute Meetings book summary
For most of us, conference time is party time. But someone works hard to put these things together.


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Let’s get one thing out of the way: This is not a book about how to conduct last-minute meetings. It is a book about organizing conferences, conventions and other off-site gatherings that involve extensive planning - and preferably not at the last minute. That said, it’s a useful book. Fern Dickey provides exactly the kinds of hands-on details that a virgin conference organizer would need, from online resources to relevant organizations, contact information, and sample charts that you can use for record keeping, budgeting and planning. There’s nothing groundbreaking here, and there are no secret tactics revealed. Instead, Dickey has produced a thorough working reference that recommends to anyone new to the dizzying world of conference planning.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why detailed organization and planning is key to a successful meeting or conference;
  • How to set an agenda and a budget for your meeting; and
  • Why the selection of a motivational or keynote speaker will make or break your event.


Planning Your Meeting
A good meeting requires effective planning. You have to be a real stickler for detail, which includes making a list of all the details, giving each detail a deadline and assigning a specific person or team to carry it out. Depending on how much you have to do and ...
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About the Author

Fern Dickey , CMP, is principal of the Meeting Planning Company, which specializes in providing planning and promotion services. She has planned a wide range of events - from small one-day seminars to black-tie awards banquets and special presentations to week-long educational programs.

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