Top 5 Podcasts for Meeting Professionals

Why not turn all your time on the road into an opportunity for edutainment? Whether you’re interested in improving speaking skills or brushing up on site inspection know-how, there’s a podcast for you. Here, we look at five of the Web’s top audio shows for meeting professionals: Meetings Podcast with Mike McAllen and Jon Trask Hosted by two events vets, this show empowers event coordinators with insight on tech tools, event proposals and how to deal with tricky situations like a nervous speaker. Notable guests include former “Apprentice” contestant James Sun, who spoke about the importance of diversity in the industry. Meeting Planning Madness Produced by Destination Marketing Association International, this podcast discusses CVB misconceptions, site inspections, transitioning to a seller’s meeting marketplace and more. Fans call it a “clear and crisp” resource for an ever-changing industry. The Public Speaker’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills Creator and professional speaker Lisa B. Marshall tackles conundrums such as how to avoid mispronouncing names, using polls and surveys to increase participation and incorporating powerful pauses. Its most popular episode to date is “Talk to Strangers.” The Meeting Pro Podcast Host Mark Latimer, marketing manager at an Ontario-based event AV company, interviews experts on everything from body language and event entertainment to employing military-like precision at events. The Planner’s Planner Founders James Eager and Toby Goodman talk to a realm of industry pros—corporate, association, wedding, you name it—to get insider advice on running a business, maintaining client relationships, planning international affairs and more.