Do you really know your strengths and weaknesses? Are you willing to find out? Whether you've been on your own for awhile or you're considering making the big move to being an entrepreneur, it helps to know how your skills fit with your goals.

Through a deal announced in June by the Convention Industry Council and Leadership Synergies LLC, a career-development company created by ex-Marriott sales and marketing executive John Parke, independents may have an affordable option for career coaching. A new CMP Personal Development Program allows Certified Meeting Professionals and their associates to sign up for personal skills assessment and coaching.

After a 45-minute, online assessment, a career coach interviews participants and advises them on advancement options and helps develop a career plan. Quarterly followup is included.

An introductory rate of $375 is available. For more info, visit