Financial & Insurance Conference Planners has issued a special report to members, advising them to be calm—and creative—in response to the crisis on Wall Street and within financial services companies.

When leading financial companies fail and confidence drops, it “causes us to question how our companies are doing, what’s ahead for our industry, and what we can do to help our company and our industry succeed,” wrote FICP President Patricia Kerr, CMP, Manulife Financial, in an opening statement.

The report outlines the many association resources that can help members thrive in tough times, including a large number of education sessions at the upcoming annual conference in November targeted to help improve job performance and positively affect the company’s bottom line. As well, valuable member benefits also include the FICP Education Forum in June, regional meetings, a low-cost webinar series on various industry issues, and an automatic complimentary subscription to Financial & Insurance Meetings—and the invaluable networking with peers and suppliers for which FICP is known. “Those who have been FICP members for a while know that they can regularly call upon one another for ideas throughout the year,” said FICP Executive Director Steve Bova.

The report also includes advice from Ken Crerar, president of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, who believes that there will be more focus than ever on the business purpose of meetings and proving return on investment. “To win business executives’ time and attention, meetings will need to offer them compelling programs that advance their business interests.” he said. “Keeping that in mind will help you weather the current crisis and capitalize on any opportunities that may lie ahead.”

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