Guest Column - September/October 2009

Motivation in the Second City

Your Quick-Guide to the Motivation Show


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elcome to The Motivation Show, taking place at Chicago's McCormick Place Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. Here we'll offer you a quick guide to help you get around as you try to make the most out of your time at this conference and exposition.

Find the Latest and Greatest

Throughout the exhibit hall, you'll find outstanding products and services to help make your incentive and reward programs more effective, as well as professionals with experience to help you get from here to there.

Be sure to stop at the Innovative Products Gallery in booth 1712 to find the best of the best. The gallery features 100 hot new products—all in the same place.

Don't forget to cast your vote for the most innovative product of the year! You could win one yourself!

Engineering Engagement

Be sure not to miss the third annual conference, Engineering Engagement: Connecting Employee Engagement, Customer Loyalty and Financial Results in Challenging Times.

This year's program will feature two keynote presentations open to all show registrants. On Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m., Michelle Smith, vice president of business development for O.C. Tanner, and Jennifer Rosenzweig, research director for the Forum for People Performance Management and principal for Libera Consulting, will talk about strategies for encouraging productivity, employee satisfaction and engagement in a keynote titled, "Finding Hidden Gold in Your Organization: Riding Out the Recession by Mining the Talent of Your People."

And on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 8:30 a.m., Mark Royal and Tom McMullen of Hay Group will discuss Fortune's Most Admired Companies, and the guiding principles behind these companies' reward strategies in a keynote titled, "Finding the Right Combination:

How the Most Effective Companies Unlock Reward Effectiveness." On top of these keynotes, luncheon sessions will focus on using recent Gallup research to become a more successful collaborator; creating a community of employee and brand engagement; and ways to thrive in an environment of rapid change.

More than 70 educational sessions will take place on all three days of the conference, focused on five different tracks: Employee Engagement; Meeting & Incentive Travel Strategies; Customer Loyalty; and Motivating Sales & Channel Partners; and Promotional Consultants.

Explore!

Once the doors close on the show each day, take the opportunity to spend some time in the fabulous city of Chicago. Explore the lakefront and the beautiful Millennium Park. Check out fabulous cuisine, from formal restaurants to some of the best pizza in the world. Take a trip to the Magnificent Mile for a bit of shopping. Or head to the theater to catch a show, or check out one of the city's many venues for great live music. Visit www.choosechicago.com to find out what's going on while you're in town.

Stop by & Say Hello

With so many fantastic education sessions and products and services to check out, we're expecting your schedule to be full to the brim for all three days of the show. But if you do get a moment, stop by and say hi to the staff at Premium Incentive Products, and pick up a few extra copies of the magazine to share with your peers. We'll be in booth #2003!


Schedule-at-a-Glance
Tuesday, Sept. 29

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.: Morning Keynote: Finding Hidden Gold in Your Organization: Riding Out the Recession & Mining the Talent of Your People
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Education Sessions
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Luncheon Keynote: Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.: Education Sessions
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.: Education Sessions
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.: IMA All-Industry Reception (open to all registrants)

Wednesday, Sept. 30

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.: Morning Keynote: Finding the Right Combination: How the Most Effective Companies Unlock Reward Effectiveness
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Education Sessions
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Luncheon Keynote: The Compelling Economics of Enterprise Engagement
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.: Education Sessions
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.: Education Sessions

Thursday, Oct. 1

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Education Sessions
10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.: EXHIBIT HALL OPEN