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Meetings anonymous

Hello. My name is Jamie and I'm in the meetings industry. (ALL) "Hi Jamie".

Hello. My name is Jamie and I'm in the meetings industry. (ALL) "Hi Jamie".

It began last year. It was just a casual meeting, the odd article. I didn't think it would do any harm - I could handle it. But then I started writing more articles and I would sneak out of the office to go to meetings.

My partner would ask me where I was going and I would lie and tell her I was going to the cinema with another girl, but secretly I was going to a meeting with superb AV equipment and fully catered break out sessions.

It got to the stage where I was desperately trawling the internet looking for other people involved in the industry.

It was hard at first. Nobody wanted to admit it, some even didn't know they were ‘users'.

Although I now realise I have a problem, I'm not ashamed of it. I want people to come forward, realise they are in the meetings industry and proudly shout about it.

I urge them to talk to me, tell me the highs and the lows they experience in their meeting lives.

PAs, secretaries, procurement officers, anyone responsible for booking a meeting, incentive or event, I want you to contact me so we can share our stories.

Don't be ashamed and follow MIME's course on the meetings condition and how you can learn to not only live with it, but excel.

Join me at GIBTM this year where fellow meetings industry professionals come together to learn more, meet more and celebrate the unifying bond of belonging to the meetings industry.

How has the current financial situation affected your planning and booking of meetings, incentives and events? Email: jamie.knights@itp.com with your views.

Jamie Knights is the editor of Arabian Travel News.

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