MeetingsNet’s Annual Corporate Invitational kicked off last week with a supercharged keynote speaker, Dan Lier, addressing the crowd of 150 attendees at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Lier, who has worked alongside Anthony Robbins and been featured on “The Today Show,” among a host of others, spoke on creating a mindset for success—both personally and in your career. Check out his videos here.

The slate of speakers also included Melissa Van Dyke, president of the Incentive Research Foundation, who shared brand-new findings from the joint IRF-MeetingsNet Annual Incentive Trends Survey. She compared the results to the Greek myth of Sisyphus pushing his rock up the hill, only to have it roll back to the bottom so he had to push back it up again. “When it comes to incentive travel, we spent much of 2008–2010 trying to keep the rock from crushing us. Now budgets are back up a bit, but 22 percent of companies are still at the bottom of the hill and had to cut their budgets this year.”