Change the “Party Planner” Perception
Management and customers within the organization often view meeting planners as “party planners” rather than event professionals. The industry certifications of CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) and CMM (Certificate in Meeting Management) are recognized and valued within the industry, but not by management or HR.
Meeting planners are already incorporating a detail oriented, step-by-step planning process into their events but are not using the terminology and tools of Lean Six Sigma.
The Lean Six Sigma for Meeting Professionals (LSSMP) certification provides a recognizable certification – Lean Six Sigma – that has value beyond the meetings industry. The LSSMP certification will demonstrate your knowledge in dozens of different methods to reduce costs, increase revenue, streamline business processes and improve employee buy-in, all of which leads to a better bottom line.
Why Lean Six Sigma for Meeting and Event professionals
Organizations, both public and private, need to work faster, reduce costs, and maintain high standards of consistency and quality. Our industry uses the Strategic Meeting Management Program (SMMP) as a way to try achieve these goals.
Trying to justify an SMMP to management can be difficult and often times futile because the C-Suite does not understand what meeting planners do. By investing the time to learn about LSSMP, you will be able to use process management terminology that the C-Suite understands and begin the journey of becoming a change agent in your organization and beyond.