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Mice Net : August 2009
AwArd progrAM mea launches A s we get ready for yet another successful year, we wanted to find out from our previous award entrants and state and national winners why they chose to enter in the first instance, and why some of them have submitted an entry several years in a row and subsequently have entered MEA’s Hall of Fame. As a result of asking these questions we were able to identify the main reasons why the program is experiencing such tremendous growth and why everyone who enters is a winner regardless of the actual outcome of their submission. The main benefit of writing a submission that many of you have indicated is that it makes you look at your business operations and assess how much work and effort you and your staff have invested. It identifies successes and in some cases highlights the areas that require more focus and where further improvement can be made. Many of you have also indicated that winning an award boosts your company’s profile in the eyes of current and potential clients as well as industry peers. Whether you are a state or a national winner it adds credibility to your business and reinforces your professionalism in the eyes of your clients and your staff. MEA awards are open to all sectors of the industry. Whether you organise a conference, a special event, an exhibition or a public festival, our awards program covers a range of corporate, charity and public events. The MEA awards program exists to benefit the whole industry as it sets a benchmark for excellence across all sectors. If you are a state winner you receive the following: • Automatic entry into the national awards • A state award framed winner's certificate • Ability to promote your win for an unlimited period • A personalised logo with the year, the category and the state alongside the awards logo for use in all of your marketing collateral and stationery • Branch publicity to MEA members at branch level and the local media of the winners of the awards • Ongoing publicity of the win on the MEA website As a national winner you will benefit from a range of initiatives including: • Automatic entry as a finalist in the Platinum Award (a prestigious honour bestowed upon one national award winner - excluding individual award or education and professional development, who has received the highest overall submission score) • A beautiful hand-cut glass national trophy • The right to promote national success into the future with a specialised logo highlighting national winner status 84 mice.net • Acknowledgement of the winner's list in mice.net as part of the MEA national newsletter • Inclusion as a winner in the following year's awards promotional material For key dates and deadlines please visit MEA’s website - www.meetingsevents.com.au/awards. Please direct any questions relating to the 2009 awards program to the MEA national office on (02) 9929 5400. grAduAtion oF the MeA/beA Mentoring progrAM Early July saw the graduation of the Meetings & Events Australia/Business Events Australia Mentoring Program. This program was an initiative of MEA and BEA (Tourism Australia) and saw 12 mentors and 12 mentees benefit from it. Mentoring is an effective method for the sharing of knowledge in management and leadership experiences and will provide an opportunity for members to increase their skills in a variety of areas as either mentor or mentee. Mentoring is also a committed relationship between an inexperienced practitioner (mentee), and an experienced practitioner (mentor), who has the patience to teach whatever he/she knows from life. It is the mentor's responsibility to provide support, assistance, and guidance as the mentee faces new challenges and problems. Mentors usually take the role during the critical developmental stages of a person's life. The graduation was held at Meetings & Events Australia’s national office in North Sydney and mentors and mentees alike shared positive experiences on how they had gained from the program. At MEA we are delighted to announce that another NSW joint MEA/BEA mentoring program will be rolled out in the near future.