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Are you avoiding the most common mistakes made by over-worked or 'inexperienced' event/meeting planners.

Even as an experienced planner, you might be making at least one of them right now.

One of them would be not taking advantage of these event/meeting success resources, techniques and tips from the innovative mind of Canada's Ideaman, Bob Hooey

Value-added meeting planner resources to help you and your event team create, organize, and deliver high value, ROI, engaging, results-oriented, successful meetings, conferences and events

Contact us: Email or call Bob directly at: (780) 736-0009

Dear Event and Meeting Planner;

I've had the privilege of being an active participant (motivational keynote and general session speaker, concurrent or breakout sessions, workshop leader, MC and host, meeting planner, meeting coach and consultant, program chair, educational chair, conference team member, speaking coach, staging and crew supervision and delegate) in a variety of different kinds of events and meetings across North America, India, Iran, Australia and Europe over the past decade.

Each has had its unique flavor and experience. In every case, I have walked away, having learned something I can apply either personally or professionally.

I've been involved in diverse meeting formats: working at and attending large international conventions, professional retreats and seminars, monthly association meetings, Annual General Meetings, executive leadership retreats, sales retreats and rallies, Lunch ‘and Learns, web-casts and video conferences, leadership breakfast briefings, and smaller in-house training sessions.

350 plus so far in nine countries on 5 continents, in the last 7 plus years. Whew! No wonder I'm tired!

2015 saw us speaking in Cape Town, SA, as well as Paris, France in addition to our work across North America.

Update Jan. 2016: Trips planned to Saudi Arabia, Dubai, UAE, Australia, Holland, Demark,and England, so far.

I look forward to helping you with a meeting in the future and to visiting your part of the world to bring a fresh Canadian perspective.

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey

Here is a brief video clip from my opening remarks during a keynote in Mumbai, India, where I was being honored with an Excellence in Innovation award at a national ceremony that followed that evening.


Canadian Ideaman, Bob Hooey is a charter member of CAPS National and a past national director. He sat on the CAPS Foundation board as a Trustee for 5 years organizing the annual CAPS Foundation evening at our national event.

He is a cofounder and Past President of CAPS Vancouver, a Past President of CAPS Edmonton, an honorary founding member of CAPS Sask., and an honorary member of CAPS Atlantic (Halifax), as well as a member of NSA-Arizona.

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"As the International President of the Global Speakers Federation I have seen many speakers present in the last 12 months around the world. Bob "Idea man" Hooey is one of the most outstanding speakers I have seen and worked with. He truly walks his talk and is a fountain of ideas and innovation in his presentation on stage and in his dealings off stage. I recommend Bob to anyone who is seeking a dynamic speaker who will bring something interesting, thought provoking, and fun every time he gets up to speak."
Lindsay Adams CSP
President, Global Speakers Federation 2009-2010

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I've seen some that were well run and returned a good investment on the time and money invested in the meeting and in the people who attended the meeting.

Sadly, I've also seen many that could be described as dismal failures; or at best delivered a mediocre result and a minimal return for all the well-meaning hard work of the meeting planner and their teams. Failures, that, with careful planning, could have been simply avoided.

I often found myself in a coaching role for new event/meeting planners who called to book me as a keynote speaker or to lead a breakout session, seminar or workshop. I found myself teaching the same tips and techniques as I sought to help them create a successful event and lead their respective teams.

I also found myself in formal coaching and consulting roles to assist in the planning process. "Perhaps, if I created a process or resource that would help?"

That question led to the creation of this meetings resource website and several support publications including,
"Hosting a Successful Meeting, Training Session or Conference".
Follow this link to get your complimentary copy.

I've compared notes with my counterparts in the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the National Speakers Association and compiled and developed a few ideas that have helped our clients ensure their time and investment was well spent. I share them with you here for your use in making your next event more successful.

While serving as President of our CAPS-Vancouver (BC) Chapter for two years (1999 & 2000), I worked closely with our team to ensure our meetings were informative, profitable, fun, and well run. This commitment to our membership's interest and business growth allowed us to more than triple our membership during our term. CAPS National recognized our success by awarding us Chapter of the Year in 2000. I know high quality meetings were a strong foundation for our success. They still are! I brought some of that focus to my terms on the CAPS National Board and my involvement in CAPS and NSA workshops and convention teams as well as the five CAPS Foundation evenings we created at our national conventions. I have been on many of our CAPS and NSA convention planning teams.

While serving as Lt. Governor Education and Training (1996-97) and later as District 21 Governor (1997-98) for Toastmasters International, (D21 had 195 clubs and over 3500 Toastmasters in BC), our leadership training meetings and our fun-filled, creative, educational, motivational, value-added conferences were the focal point of our growth, success and service to our Toastmasters members across the province. I've had the privilege of speaking for and assisting Toastmaster conference teams across North America for over a decade now and find this to be true in the meetings of merit.

My primary focus in this special resource site is to offer creative, practical, easily-used ideas that work and techniques that will help you and your event planning team succeed.

I’m available on a 'limited' basis as an event/ meeting planner’s coach or creative consultant in creating, planning and delivering a successful event. Ideas At Work! Call me at: 1-888-848-8407 (Client Toll Free – North America).

Obviously, if I fit your needs as a motivational keynote conference speaker, inspirational corporate leadership, sales, management trainer, emcee or facilitator, I’d hope you'd consider including one of my creative, innovative programs or motivational keynotes for your next meeting or event.

In fact, if you decide to engage me for one of your meetings - mention Meetings Success and I will give you a 10% professional (rebate) consideration from our fee. 1-888-848-8407 (Toll Free North America)

Bookmark this page: I will add to this section from time to time, as I continue learning from successful meeting planners and fellow speakers alike. Perhaps, you have overcome a challenge or have a success secret to share with your meeting fellow planners? I'd be happy to include it here, and give you credit of course. Drop me a note at: Successful Meetings

I wish you the best in all your efforts to train, inform, inspire and assist those in your care, to be more productive and fulfilled on and off the job as a result of your efforts. I recognize the great amount of work necessary to put together a successful meeting, training session or conference, regardless of the size and scope. My heartfelt thanks to the many professional speakers, event and meeting planners who've shared ideas, challenges, successes and suggestions with me over the years.

Please register, using the form below to gain access to free meeting checklists, additional resources, as well as a complimentary copy of "Hosting a Successful Meeting, Training Session or Conference", access it below. Both are my gift to you and your team in planning and delivering a successful event for your participants.

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This page was created to provide background, biography, quotes, photos, and videos to help you with your quest to design and deliver an engaging and effective event or meeting.

If you need any additional help or want to dig deeper please contact Bob.

Index of Meeting Planner Resources ( updated for 2016)


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Hosting A Successful Meeting, Training Session, or Conference.

Register now for your complimentary copy of "Hosting A Successful Meeting, Training Session or Conference" and access to our downloadable checklists by simply filling out this form.

I’ve included some downloadable articles, and checklists to assist you in planning your meeting.

Permission is given for a ONE-TIME (single event) USE, with duplication rights for team copies, provided copyright and attribution information remains intact.

We value your privacy and will not share your information with any other party.

Registration includes a complimentary subscription to Bob's Ideas At Work! - Strategies for Success monthly, innovative, idea filled e-zine.

Checklists below can be accessed by signing in using this form.

Checklists and Questions (RTF format only)

  • General or meeting profiles
  • Site inspection
  • Hotel profile
  • Working with speakers and presenters
  • AV and staging requirements
  • A/V Checklist (RTF format only)
  • Budget Planning Guide (RTF format only)
  • Convention Packet (RTF format only)
  • Event Staff Checklist (RTF format only)
  • Job Descriptions (RTF format only)
  • Pre-Program Questionnaire (RTF format only)
  • Programs & Themes (RTF format only)
  • Promoting your meeting (RTF format only)
  • Registration Team (RTF format only)
  • Session Host Checklist (RTF format only)

Additional resources are added regularly, so check back!

On-line resources and magazines: Sample issues. I'd suggest subscribing.

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