On the morning of February 4, Emerge 2014 attendees will have three
“ultimate training” programs to choose from: Boot Camp sessions, Hands-On Hospitality, and a service project.

Ultimate Training Option #1—Boot Camp Sessions
CMP Study Course—this three-hour course will offer insight into how you can successfully complete the Certified Meeting Professional designation test. You’ll learn what topics to study, good study habits, and how to navigate the application process, and you'll hone your test-taking skills. You'll also learn what’s needed to recertify.

Marketing Your Event—this extended session will contain new ideas and strategies for using traditional and digital methods for advertising, marketing, and promoting your event. Expect to learn about attendance-building ideas, creative programming topics, and social media implementation.

Ultimate Training Option #2: Hands-On Hospitality
Modeled on the Behind-the-Scenes Experiences that RCMA has offered in past years, this program gives planners an opportunity to get hands-on training in one of two different areas of meetings management. Pre-registration is required, and these sessions are only open to planners.

Food & Beverage Experience—Curious about what takes place in the back halls of hotel food service? This experience will allow you to participate in the catering, room service, and restaurant aspects of a major hotel. Learn about menu planning, pricing, and food preparation, presentation, and delivery. You’ll have a new appreciation for and understanding of the processes behind your menu selections.

Convention Center Experience—An event in a convention center doesn’t “just happen.” Learn the differences between holding your event in a hotel vs. a convention center. You’ll learn about what areas frequently cause misunderstandings, and what policy issues tend to arise. A portion of the experience will focus on other service providers that participate in the process, including audiovisual production, general services contractors, and security.

Ultimate Training Option #3: Service Project—Impact Sacramento
Planners and exhibitors will have an opportunity to work side by side during our Impact Sacramento project. Our primary focus will be working at Eskaton. Founded in 1968, Eskaton’s main mission is to enhance the quality of life of seniors through innovative health, housing, and social services.