• MPI-WI Chapter Education — October 18, 2012

Join us in Janesville for an idea-packed afternoon, including two popular programs from business humorist and MPI speaker Todd Hunt.

Take a tour of the best of Janesville's meeting spaces! Leaving from the Rotary Botanical Gardens, you'll visit the Rock County Historical Society at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum for a presentation on the history of the area and a gallery tour, then the Janesville Performing Arts Center for a Wine & Dessert bar and a behind-the-scenes facility tour, and then conclude at The Armory Beer & Slider Bar for Comedy Night! Shuttle transportation provided by Van Galder Bus Company.

Todd Hunt

“What Time is The Noon Lunch?”
Maintaining Your Sanity in the Wonderful World of Meetings

CMP-IS Domain:   A. Strategic Planning
Clock Hours:   1.5

What’s your biggest challenge every day? Communication probably tops the list, because everybody messes it up -- and we’re hilarious! Like delegates who ask, “Is the general session for everyone?” “Is the cash bar free?” “If I already sent in my form, am I pre-registered?”

Business humorist Todd Hunt speaks to organizations that want to add fun to their events and send members back to work smiling, with tips to improve communication and success.

WARNING: No PowerPoint will be used! Just Todd talking, with a few props, some interaction (nothing lame, we promise), learning and fun.

As a result of this session, participants will:

  1. Reduce costs and increase efficiency of your meetings;
  2. Tune in to where your listener is “coming from” and adjust your communication style to get what you need; and
  3. Discover the eight problem words that could cost you business.

And you get a free copy of Todd's smile-guide for overworked meeting professionals: "What Time is the Noon Lunch?"

Finding, Hiring and Working with Professional Speakers

CMP-IS Domain:   G. Meeting or Event Design
Clock Hours:   1.75

“We had a comedian last year, but he wasn’t funny.” “The celebrity we hired read his speech from a legal pad.” “Our keynoter recited 237 PowerPoint slides and everyone fell asleep. Including me.”

Sound familiar? After the temperature of the room and quality of the food, attendees are not afraid to tell you if a speaker was boring or inappropriate.

So how do we find the right speaker in the first place? And how do we work with him/her to ensure a smooth and successful event?

This interactive session shares tips and techniques for successfully finding, hiring and working with professional speakers. We’ll discuss bureaus versus direct booking. Negotiating fees. Arranging space to get the best value from our hired partners.

Professional speaker Todd Hunt has interviewed dozens of meeting professionals, melding their knowledge with his own platform experience to create spot-on examples that teach through humor.

As a result of this session, participants will:

  1. Identify speaker types and evaluate the effectiveness of each for your event;
  2. Understand the difference between working through a bureau and booking speakers directly, and discover which works better for you; and
  3. Structure meetings to achieve the most value from your speaker investment.


Speaker Bio:
Todd Hunt’s communication lessons wrapped in laughter have inspired meeting professionals at the MPI World Education Congress and 22 chapter events, including St. Louis EduCon, Tampa Bay Meetings Academy, Georgia Meetings Exploration Conference and Southern California Trade show…plus other organizations from CPAs and auto dealers to nurses and funeral directors (really). Get a preview at www.ToddHuntSpeaker.com



Thursday, October 18, 2012
Rotary Botanical Gardens & Holiday Inn Express
Janesville, WI

— AM —  
8:00 Board of Directors Meeting
10:15 New Member Orientation
11:00 Registration/Networking
11:45 Lunch
— PM —  
1:00 “What Time is The Noon Lunch?” Maintaining Your Sanity in the Wonderful World of Meetings
Todd Hunt
2:30 Finding, Hiring and Working with Professional Speakers
Todd Hunt
4:15 Reception
5:30-9:00 Tour Janesville Meeting Spaces
Bus departs from and returns to the Rotary Botanical Gardens. Rock County Historical Society/Helen Jeffris Wood Museum, Janesville Performing Arts Center, The Armory Beer & Slider Bar/Comedy Night!

Event Pricing

Member: $50 ($60 after 10/12/2012)
Non-Member: $60 ($65 after 10/12/2012)
Student: $30 ($40 after 10/12/2012)
Speakers and Education
Location, Map, Lodging
Community Outreach
Tell a Colleague


Location, Map, and Lodging

Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545
Phone: 608-752-3885

Holiday Inn Express
3100 Wellington Place
Janesville, WI 53545
Phone: 608-756-3100
Property Website

Room Rate: $84.00
Cut-off date: October 8, 2012

New Member Orientation

Webster's Dictionary defines communication as "the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions or information" and networking as "the informal sharing of information and services among individuals, or groups linked by a common interest.” As a new or returning member of the Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, join us on October 18 for an engaging conversation.

Member Orientation is a way to discover our shared passions, and the tools to communicate effectively.

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Team is excited that we will doing a collection for the House of Mercy Homeless Shelter, in Janesville, Wisconsin!

The House of Mercy is a 25-bed homeless center that provides homeless families throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois with short-term emergency shelter and access to housing, job placement and child care resources. Staff at the Center assist the homeless in assessing their needs, obtaining appropriate referrals and services, and designing an action plan aimed at achieving more stable housing. In the mid-1990's, Mercy Health System president/CEO, Javon R. Bea, noticed that many families seeking treatment at Mercy's emergency department listed their family car as their address. He knew Mercy could do more than tend to their health care needs. After researching the level of homelessness in the area and finding a desperate need for emergency shelter, he developed a vision, which resulted in the opening and naming of the House of Mercy Homeless Center in August 1996.

We can also help some of their residents, by bringing some of their need items that I have listed below:

  • Blue Magic hair grease
  • Postage stamps
  • Dish soap
  • Ziplock bags (gallon size)
  • Neosporin
  • Body wash
  • Sugar
  • Body wipes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hairspray
  • Hair ties
  • Vaseline
  • “AA” and 9 volt batteries

If you are able to pick up an item or two, and bring it to the meeting, it would really help some of the residents!

If you have any questions feel free to contact Justine Alexander at jalexander@concoursehotel.com