Congratulations to Leading Authorities Speakers Bureau for publishing their hysterical short video on the special and unique vernacular of meeting planners. If you’re a meeting planner, work with a meeting planner, live with, are friends with or somehow support a meeting planner – you need to view this 2.5-minute video.
Members of the meeting planning and hospitality industries have a peculiar vocabulary all their own. I learned “FTLOG” (For The Love of God) from a meeting planner friend several years ago. My friend was clearly having a FTLOG moment: when we’re reminded that what we do is not always difficult and yet small details are sometimes missed. This results in a SMH (Shake My Head) moment, but that’s another story best saved for someone else’s blog. These small details comprise much of the work that meeting planners oversee on a routine basis. These fine details result in meetings and events that are flawless – or pretty close to it.
Meeting planning can be a rewarding and sometimes thankless job. Yes, it’s our job to manage these details, to fly under the radar and to have an event go off without a hitch – or to at least give you the impression that it did. A recent 2012 U.S. News and World Report study announced that the position of a meeting, convention and event planner was number 16 on the list of the best jobs in America. One of the main reasons it made the list: job satisfaction was rated as high. Almost every meeting planner I know finds their work and this profession very fulfilling.
Now back to the video again where I learned two things: first, I need to rely less on acronyms in my day-to-day patois. I hope that this will be easier than it sounds. The second learning opportunity that I gained was to remember to say thank you. Thank you to the people who work hard and very often are so under-appreciated: whether it’s a front desk representative, an electrician, a bellman or a member of the housekeeping staff. These are some of the most thankless jobs in the industry and there are many more like them. Going forward, I plan to be more appreciative and more importantly – demonstrative of my gratitude. Recognition and a thank you aren’t hard things to give – and they certainly go a long way.