Whilst Friday marks the official start of MEA2014 National Conference, Thursday was packed full of activities for the delegates.
The day started with a special “Essentials in Meeting Management” course at the Parkroyal Hotel for MEA’s Asian delegates. Facilitated by events veteran Ruth Lilian, the one-day seminar took attendees through a condensed version of the 12 week “Essentials” course with talks from industry experts.
Ruth Lilian said, “this course gives a lot of our Asian colleagues an opportunity to see what’s happening in the world of meeting’s and events, as we see it from Australia, and also what we can help them with”.
Back at the Kuala Lumpur Conference Centre, many delegates were taking part in the Special Interest Groups covering a range of sectors within the industry. SIGs give attendees the opportunity to discuss issues and changes in their area expertise. This year MEA have launched online SIGs to keep the conversation going until next year’s conference.
Around 30 of MEA’s younger delegates spent the day with business coach Peter Bliss who helped the group establish their values and taught them the art of “mindfulness”. Peter Bliss said, “I believe we all have a purpose, so I am going to lead them through a session that will help them work out what their purpose is… the younger you can work out what your purpose is, the better”.
MEA’s accredited members went on a trip to the Royal Salengor Vistor Centre where they learnt about Kuala Lumpur’s history as a tin mining town and was then given the opportunity to make their own pewter bowl at the School of Hard Knocks. Some may have left without their hearing but they were all pleased with their new bowls.
The day rounded off with MEA2014 “Welcome to Malaysia” and the welcome reception at Saloma. The Welcome to Malaysia session included a talk on how to engage with the different cultures in Malaysia. The audience was then treated to a lively drum performance by Malaysia drummers.
The delegates then moved on the Saloma theatre restaurant where they were each given 80 “ringgits” to spend at the “markets”. Attendees were encouraged to barter with the vendors who put on a lively performance as stall holders. Many left with scarves, fans and some with wooden sling-shots.
The night concluded at SkyBar where delegates networked over the bar’s signature cocktails.