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by Loren G. Edelstein | December 1, 2016

Loren G. Edelstein, editor in chief of Meetings & ConventionsLast month found me in Fort Lauderdale, doing my best to attend two very different meetings at the same time and place. At the lovely Marriott Harbour Beach Resort, I bopped between SPINCon, the annual conference of the Senior Planners Industry Network; and BIMS, the Business Information & Media Summit.

SPINCon had a comfy dress code (gym attire, jeans, even slippers), sessions echoing with raucous laughter, and activities like a 6:30 a.m. dance party. BIMS was all dark suits and serious networking.

With concurrent sessions at both meetings, the pace was hectic. I went from an enlightening BIMS keynote by Jared Weiner called "The Future Is Now: Understanding Tomorrow's Customer Today" to a SPINCon session by Ava Diamond titled "Is Your BUT Too Big? How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Power Up Your Life."

Jared talked about transformative developments, like the robotics revolution and "artificial intelligence on steroids" that will dramatically change our lives, and how visionary thinkers are reinventing the status quo.

Ava's "BUT" talk at SPINCon also championed the notion of big thinking and taking risks to realize our full potential both in business and life. She quoted Thomas Edison: "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."

Ultimately, both meetings aimed to poise participants for future success -- as is our goal here at M&C. To prepare for what 2017 holds, see our Industry Forecast. I also hope you'll get a hearty chuckle from "Attendees From Hell," and adopt some wholesome ideas from "20 Ways to Practice Wellness." Thanks for reading, and happy holidays.