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Event certification and qualification

Procurement departments are knee-deep in corporate compliance. As a result, reference checking has become a secondary task. To make matters worse, there seems to be confusion over certification and qualification. Helen Brewer investigates the danger this poses. After his presentation entitled ‘Purchasing Managers’ Skill Requirements...

Foreign certification programmes

When delving much deeper into the specific foreign programmes, The MICE Academy discovered that not one of these programmes achieved a solid, credible score in accordance with South Africa’s CPD policy. In most instances the commercial facts took precedence over solid assessment principles. Most foreign programmes have a three-phase...

Current South African diplomas, certifications and qualifications

At this time, there are several South African accredited event management courses, which range from a short course of six months to courses spanning several years. Helen Brewer investigates… Accredited courses will always be undertaken by a training company duly registered and/or approved by a particular SETA (Sector Education and Training...

Pump it louder!

Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” For Barine Steynberg and Larry Pullen, any event without music would be a mistake. Most of the time, if you ask delegates what they remember about an event, you will be told it’s the food and the music. Since we are no food experts, let’s focus on the music. The presence of a...

Hiring a great speaker

Michael Jackson, internationally renowned professional speaker, master of ceremonies, writer and specialist, on how to choose the right speaker for next event. What five things should an event planner consider when booking a speaker? WELL KNOWN Choose a speaker with a good reputation PROFESSIONAL The speaker’s professionalism should reflect on...

10 questions to ask to ensure a perfect exhibition stand

Every client is different. By addressing the following points outlined by Leonardo Tommassini, the manager of operations/business development at Compex, the exhibitor’s return on investment will be optimised through an effective, innovative and sustainable solution. 1  WHAT IS THE PURPOSE? Why are you exhibiting – is it for a product launch,...

The importance of team building

TEAM BUILDING MEANS A COMMON GOAL Don’t assume that staff work towards a common goal. In most organisations there are a few employees that work to a different agenda for various reasons. Team building can put a stop to this. Having everyone on the same page ensures that work is being done in an effective way, which means that the company will be...

Are students fit for purpose?

Do good event management degrees deliver good event management  candidates? John Fisher argues that more job skills and practice, and less theory, are needed in the events industry. One hundred years ago, when I finished my university degree in Modern Languages, my first job was with an advertising agency. I probably knew more about 19th century...

Infographic: Interpretation – facts vs fiction

Most of the problems in the field of conference interpreting are due to the fact that professional and other conference organisers do not understand what interpreters do, how they work, the importance of using trained and experienced interpreters as well as sound providers, and where and how to find these experts. DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC:...

6 tips on how to work with your interpreter and/or translator

Most of the problems in the field of conference interpreting are due to the fact that professional and other conference organisers do not understand what interpreters do, how they work, the importance of using trained and experienced interpreters as well as sound providers, and where and how to find these experts. DOWNLOAD 6 TIPS ON HOW BEST TO...

Speaking the same language

Thamsanqa Jantjie’s ‘performance’ at Nelson Mandela’s memorable service highlights the dangers of not using well-known, independent and experienced professional interpreters, writes Joyce Trocki. The role of the interpreter has come under the spotlight as South Africa continues to lure more foreign delegates to its shores. Most of the problems in...

Dissecting medical conferences

The medical profession requires a high level of experience when managing its events. Martin Hiller brings you all the information you need to organise a medical conference. Medical companies and associations prefer to work with experienced highly professional event managers who have a proven track record in the industry – one which is based on...