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Be There: The Motivation Show

Where can you go if you want to learn about the ins and outs, as well as all the latest trends, in the incentive, recognition, loyalty and motivational meetings industry? Mark your calendar for Oct. 4 to 6, when the annual Motivation Show will once again provide education, networking and a trade show filled with products and services at Chicago's McCormick West.

Every year, professionals gather to learn more about how to motivate and reward employees, salespeople, partners and customers at this top-tier event that brings together the best and brightest in the industry.

Learn Something New

The show kicks off with a day focused on education, on Tues. Oct. 4. More than 50 seminars and workshops will bring together professionals to discuss the industry's latest trends and best practices.

The Motivation Show 5th Annual Conference: Connecting Engagement, Loyalty and Financial Results, will feature seminars in five tracks:

  • Employee Recognition: Some of the seminar topics include: Apply Engagement Principles to Maximize Performance: The Economics and Framework of Enterprise Engagement; Don't Let Your Top Performers Jump Ship: Creating Loyalty Within Your Organization; Wellness Programs: A Prescription for Healthy Employees and a Healthy Bottom Line; Corporate Social Responsibility: The Right Medicine for Enhancing Reputation and Engaging Employees; and Fairness in Rewards: Slippery Slope or Manageable Terrain?
  • Customer Loyalty: Some of the seminars include: What Really Drives Loyalty?; Loyalty Isn't Dead: Where to Find It in Today's Culture; Better Together: Intelligence and Loyalty; and The Need for Luxury Rewards in the Evolving Consumer Landscape.
  • Sales Motivation: Some of the topics in this track include: How to Do More With Less: Link Motivation to Strategic Objectives; It's Not the Reward, It's the Motive: A New Model to Incite Commitment in Your Sales Force; Leveraging Mobile Technology to Drive Your Sales Incentive Program; and The Latest Trends in Incentives and Recognition: What They Mean for Your Business.
  • Training: Some of the topics in this track include: Creating a Motivating Learning Environment; Improve Performance With a Dynamic, Game-Based Learning and Incentive System; What the Research Says: Using Mobile and Social Media for Engagement and Performance Improvement; and Talent Development: Why Social Is a Business Imperative.
  • Meeting & Event Management: Some of the topics in this track include: Hybrid and Virtual Meeting Strategies: A Primer for Taking Your Event Online; Incentive Travel Trends, Forecasts and Best Practices: An Interactive Panel to Improve Program Performance; Taking the Plunge: Effective Uses of Social Media for Meetings and Events; and Turning Sustainability Into Profitability.

In addition, the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) is hosting a Symposium: The Next Level: New uses, research and tools supporting the business benefits of non-cash motivators.

Finally, Recognition Professionals International (RPI) will be delivering courses on Strategic Planning and Measurement, and Recognition Management and Maintenance.

Distributor Day at the Motivation Show

The Promotional Professionals Association of Chicago (PPAChicago) will be sponsoring a Distributor Day for qualified promotional products distributors on Thurs., Oct. 6., at The Motivation Show. This special program will include a combination of professional education, face-to-face meetings with exhibitors, and networking opportunities. Qualified promotional products distributors will receive parking and exhibit hall admittance, an education session that provides continuing education credits, lunch in the IMRA Café, a chance to win brand-name merchandise and a personal appointment scheduler.

See Something New

Beginning on Wed. Oct. 5 and continuing through Thurs. Oct. 6, an exhibit hall featuring more than 500 suppliers of merchandise incentives, gift and prepaid cards, promotional products, travel and experiential rewards, meeting and event services, and recognition and service awards will be available, giving attendees an exciting opportunity to meet with leaders in the industry and talk about what works best to motivate their audiences.

Be sure to check out the Innovative Products Gallery display, located in the Exhibit Hall. The gallery will feature more than 100 "hot" new products from leading suppliers, such as Apple, Bulova, Canon USA, Fossil, Maui Jim, Movado, RCA/GE, Seiko and Tumi.

You also won't want to miss out on the vast amount of expertise of the professionals working in the exhibit hall. From one row to the next, you'll be able to capitalize on the insight of some of the most knowledgeable and resourceful experts working in this market. Be sure to talk to them about helping to set up your own incentive or motivation program.

Meet Someone New

If education and product and service information aren't enough for you, you'll be glad to know that's not all. The Motivation Show also provides many opportunities to meet and network with your peers in the industry. You can join in at various networking events to talk shop, or simply to socialize with other professionals in the industry.

The Motivation Show Keynote Luncheon and the CEO Summit provide more formal opportunities to meet peers, as well as listen to business leaders talking about engagement strategies and tactics.

No matter which aspect of the Motivation Show first catches your interest—from education and exhibits to meetings and networking—you'll be sure to find much more than you imagined!

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Tuesday, Oct. 4

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  IRF Symposium
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  IMRA Sales Center
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  RPI CRP Course II
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.:  Conference Sessions
12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.:  The Motivation Show Keynote Luncheon
2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.:  Conference Sessions
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:  Conference Networking Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 5

8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.:  RPI Fall Summit
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.:  Conference Sessions
9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.:  SHRP Professional Program
2:00 p.m to 4:45 p.m.:  Conference Sessions

Thursday, Oct. 6

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:  EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.:  PPAChicago Distributor Day
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.:  The Motivation Show CEO Summit
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  RPI CRP Course III