As meeting planners, you dedicate lots of time to scouting, organizing, and getting things just right for meetings that other people attend. You focus on conference rooms, bed counts, and meals. You worry about whether the AV is working and the keynote speaker's flight is on time. You make sure things go according to plan.

Every now and then, it's nice to step away and be on the receiving end of these services. It's beneficial to attend a conference designed just for you.

One popular conference among meeting planners is MPIs World Education Congress (WEC), which takes place in Las Vegas next July (2013).

Another, the Rejuvenate Conference, which focuses on the business of planning faith-based meetings, takes place next week, October 22-24, in Columbus, Ohio.

The Rejuvenate Conference has a fabulous line-up of speakers, including Jon Acuff, Christopher Gardner, and Laura Bush.

In addition, attendees can earn CMP credits for the education sessions, including Getting the Most Out of Linked In; ROI: Outlining the Value of Your Meeting; and Injecting Creativity into Planning.

If you're not headed to the Rejuvenate Conference, perhaps you're familiar with their website, They have a blog and offer webinars for meeting planners. also offers some light-hearted content. For example, you might enjoy this post, in which meeting planners articulate their pet peeves. One of my favorites:

"When people come in first thing in the morning and instead of starting off with, "Hello" or "Good morning," they start telling you what they need." (Reneka Edwards, Hyatt Regency Atlanta)

I think that's one every meeting planner can relate to.

How about you: Have you attended a conference for meeting planners that you think is a don't-miss for others?

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