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Dare to Be Different! A New Perspective on Goal-Setting

When: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Wink
1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037
Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU (Blue, Orange, Silver) or Dupont Circle (Red)

Speaker: Jan Spence, author of Setting Yourself Up for Success with Goal-Setting Life Hacks
Setting Yourself Up for Success with Goal-Setting Life Hacks
by Jan Spence

Do you remember how you set your goals when you were little?

"When I grow up, I’m going to be a nurse!" "A veterinarian!" "An astronaut!" "A dinosaur!"

Then you grew up and became a business leader (not that there’s anything wrong with that). We tend to set our goals the same way we set our hopes and dreams. We plan big — LOSE 50 POUNDS! But then someone brings cupcakes to the office, and we give up. The reason is because traditional goal-setting doesn’t work! We strive so hard to reach for perfection, the smallest setbacks can cause us to stop trying altogether. 

But it’s not too late if you just "dare to be different!" Whether personal or professional, reaching your goals can be even easier than resisting those afternoon M&M’s.

Step 1: Discover your direction. Consult your inner GPS and identify your core values. Write down what you value most in life, your "non-negotiables" or how you will be remembered. Then tie those values to your goals. Your personal core values will drive your professional accomplishments. In other words, don’t give up your afternoon M&M’s if you love them.

Step 2: Seize the start. So you decide to LOSE 50 POUNDS, but where do you begin? Your first thought might be to stop eating your M&M’s. Don’t. Remember your core values! Instead, think back to a time when you lost weight and didn’t hate it. Did you go for walks around the office building? Did you take mixed martial arts classes? Did you dress up like a velociraptor and chase your toddler around the house for an hour? Whatever worked in the past will work again. The important thing to remember is to get up and do something. Anything. Take action. Once you put on that sports bra, there’s no going back!

Step 3: Embrace the experience. You ran three miles three times this week, but then you got a cold and then you had a business trip and then you had to go to your sister’s birthday party. It’s OK. I forgive you. Forgive yourself. As long as you put that sports bra or that velociraptor costume back on, you can still reach your goal. How much time did you spend beating yourself up over NOT exercising? And how much time did you spend celebrating that fact that you ran NINE WHOLE MILES last week? If you reward yourself for your successes, no matter how small, you’ll crave that reward moving forward.

Start today, determine what you want in life, tie in your core values and take the first step toward a better future!

News & Announcements


Star Awards Are Back - Nominate A Star Today!

Nominate your MPI Potomac STAR! That person is someone who pitched in in a big way and helped make an MPI Potomac effort successful.

Nominations are due Oct. 14.

Click here to nominate an MPI Potomac Star.  
The Publications Committee produces three publications for our chapter in both print and digital formats:
1) Engage magazine, published in print twice per year and featuring important industry trends and chapter developments 
2) FYI e-newsletter, (which you're currently reading) published monthly and featuring timely news and upcoming events 
3) MPI Potomac Member Directory, published once a year  

We also keep the website updated with relevant and useful content to be a resource for our members and the industry.

The Publications Committee gives you a chance to see how the world of journalism operates. We start by developing topics pertinent to our chapter, then we find writers for the articles. If you can write, we need you! Intimidated by writing? You can still help the team by finding a writer, proofing and formatting articles, or managing the publishing calendar to make sure important deadlines are met. Once the articles are submitted, the team proofs them and sends them to Naylor Publications for layout and print. It's amazing to see a publication come together from conception to print!

We love to feature our chapter members! Anyone is welcome to submit an article for our publications. Most of our articles are 250 words, which is shorter than you think. Not everyone thinks they are a writer, but everyone has a story to share. We’d love to be a part of yours!

Curious about what it is like being a part of the press? Consider joining the Publications Committee!

Committee Co-Chairs:

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Hello MPI Potomac Members,

It’s hard to believe that fall has arrived, and we are a quarter of the way through our chapter year! This year has started off wonderfully with two fantastic networking events, Summer Sizzle and Get Hooked, and our CMP Fall Study Course.

We hope that you will join us for our next educational offering on Nov. 1, "Dare to Be Different! A New Perspective on Goal-Setting" with Jan Horton Spence at The Wink, 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thank you so much for your membership! I love to hear from our members, so if you have any feedback or questions that I can assist you with please reach out.

Kaitlin Felix
MPI Academy Webinars
Tipping Sacred Cows: Overcoming Tradition and Inertia to Create Great Meetings

When: Thursday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Westin City Center
1400 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
Metro: Farragut North (Red), Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center (Green, Yellow)

Increase Your Impact:  Any Time, Anywhere, with Any Audience

When: Thursday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Where: Kimpton Hotel Monaco 
700 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red), Metro Center (Red, Blue, Silver, Orange)


On Monday, Oct. 1, MPI Potomac’s Member Recruitment Committee participated in a discussion at Georgetown University’s Ethics in Hospitality class, taught by Professor Erinn Tucker. The MPI members shared real-life scenarios of ethical situations they have encountered as meeting professionals. The class had an opportunity to discuss the scenarios and ask questions, after which each professional divulged the outcome of their story. The event was organized by Lura Bobbitt and Phil Rappoport and assisted by Nataki Hemmings. The speakers (pictured, left to right) were Emily DeYoung, CMP (CASE), Phil Rappoport (AgendaPop), Shelli Vasser Gilliam, CMP, and Trudy Singh, CMP (NYC & Co.).



On Thursday, Oct. 4, Howard Community College hosted several industry leaders including our own Lura Bobbitt - American Iron & Steel Institute. Other speakers included Danielle Guido and Kerry Sauber, both of Hello DMC, and Mac Campbell of Baltimore Convention Center.


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