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  Quotes of the Month:

"Be Prepared" and "Do a Good Turn Daily"

~ Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts

March 2015
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Are you nervous? I hope so!

This month we had the pleasure of a new employee joining Meeting Coordinators. While we were organizing things for an upcoming meeting, she asked me “What’s wrong?” I guess I must have had a puzzled look on my face. My reply was ‘Oh nothing really, I’m just nervous.” She chuckled and said “I doubt that…….after 30 years in the business!” You may be as surprised to hear my answer as she was. “I am nervous over every upcoming meeting, and the day I stop being nervous, I should quit the business.”  It’s not negative anxiety. I guess some may say it’s the perfectionist in me coming forward. It is an odd combination at this point. I have a feeling of pride knowing that we have done the necessary preparation but have we really prepared for all the contingencies? Meetings way too often fit the Murphy’s Law “If it can go wrong, it will.” Running meetings and events is like show business, and the show must go on. Speakers get sick, A/V equipment breaks, the chef is late with the meal, the weather is inclement and attendees are late, etc. None of these situations are totally under your control, so you have to expect the best but prepare for the worst. Remaining pleasant, fixing the glitches on-site, and acting with speed and professionalism is what can make or break a meeting. A while back I heard a professional speaker say something very similar.  He said he was nervous going on stage. He always wonders, “Did I do enough research and do I know my audience and what they really expect?” The same is true for me…and all of our staff!


The founder of the Scouts, Robert Baden-Powell, once said:
"Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise."

So, how nervous are you?


Ann Bruttell
President, Meeting Coordinators, Inc.


Meeting Coordinators, Inc. –
We are here to help you! Call us or attend our next Meeting Planner Meetup to meet with other planners like yourself who are creating dynamic events & meetings every month.

Tuesday, April 28th
8:00am - 9:00am at Panera’s on Big Beaver at Rochester Road, Troy

Won't you join meeting planners from the local area for a cup of coffee and to exchange ideas and give/get advice on what we all do every day?  Let's consult!  The ideas are FREE and you have an opportunity to meet other industry professionals.  

This Meetup is FREE!  

You may send us an email in advance to let us know that you are planning to attend so that we can look out for you… or just show up.  We’d love to see you!

Success Stories...

Embracing Change

Congratulations ATD (formerly ASTD)!

Started in 1943 as the American Society of Training Directors, this organization evolved to become the American Society for Training & Development. As the scope and impact of the training and development field has grown, the profession’s focus has broadened to link the development of people, learning, and performance to individual and organizational results. Now, after 70 years, to better meet the needs and represent the work of this dynamic profession, the organization has announced its new brand:

The "Association for Talent Development"

They are the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. These professionals help others achieve their full potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

It is our privilege to have the Detroit Chapter of ATD as our client to manage their day-to-day organizational and meeting needs. The Detroit ATD Chapter has embraced this change and are a model for smooth organizational transition. They truly live up to their vision and mission statements:

    Vision:   Create a World that Works Better.

    MissionEmpower professionals to develop knowledge and skills


Mark your calendar... Detroit ATD is very proud to have Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO, in Detroit on November 19, 2015. Details coming soon at

Job Opportunity...

We are growing! At Meeting Coordinators are looking for a part-time person.  If you know anyone that enjoys meeting planning, has great attention to detail, loves computer work, is very personable and wants to work with some great people two or three days a week... please call us at 248-643-6590.

In every great association or company there comes a time when a conference, seminar, sales meeting or special event must be arranged.

Utilizing the services of Meeting Coordinators, Inc. will therefore not burden your employees with countless overwhelming logistical tasks.

Meeting Coordinators, Inc. has a staff of experts to create a professional event to meet and exceed your every expectation.


Monday, April 13th:
April Forum &
Dinner Meeting
6:00pm - Management Education Center, Troy
Tuesday, April 14th:
Monthly Meeting
5:30pm - Hilton Garden Inn, Southfield

Wednesday, April 15th:
Monthly Meeting - "The Problem of Yes!"
5:00pm - Management Education Center, Troy

Tuesday, April 21st-Thursday, April 23rd:
2015 World Congress
& Exhibition
Cobo Center, Detroit

Wednesday, April 22nd:
Networking Event
5:30pm - Leon & Lulu,

Friday, April 24th:
Spring Symposium
8:00am - Suburban Showplace, Novi

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