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Register today for the 2018 CMMA National Conference | September 22-25, 2018

Our 2018 Keynote Speaker
Everybody complains at one time or another. You may complain that the burger you got at the drive-thru was cold, or that the line at the DMV is too long, or that your spouse just doesn’t understand you.


Complaining is often just a way to blow off steam or express your frustration. But when complaining becomes frequent, pointed, and emotional it creates a negative environment that can be toxic to you and to your team. If you allow yourself or complainers on your team to go unchallenged, it can be a significant de-motivator for the positive people on the team and can lead to squabbling, poor moral, and good people leaving to get away from the complainer.

Will Bowen has developed a tried-and-true way to spot chronic complaining, both in yourself and others, and to take simple, logical steps to change behavior, silence the complaining, and build a positive environment at work or at home.

In this presentation, CMMA conference attendees will learn:

• What’s wrong with complaining?
• What are chronic complaining’s destructive effects on health, relationships, and career.
• How complainers can be toxic to a team and destroy working relationships.
• What is, and isn’t a complaint?
• Five principal reasons people complain.
• How to get other people, and ourselves to stop complaining

Along the way, Mr. Bowen will teach us tips to demonstrate positive leadership in a negative world.

Do you have a “challenging” employee working for you? Do you have a new boss who doesn’t understand your value to the organization? Have you been struggling with the latest freelance and contractor rules? Are you seeking new ways to motivate your staff? If so, the CMMA Leadership Forum may have the answers.

A long-standing staple of every CMMA National Conference, the CMMA Leadership Forum, formerly known as the Management Topic-Go-Round, is a safe and open environment where media managers can bring up leadership issues, concerns, and problems and get advice from the best of the best in our business. The top media leaders in the country are there to help you gain the leadership skills to tackle those pesky issues at work.

This year, the Leadership Forum will be moderated by Dick Van Deusen, who has been a leader in corporate media his entire career, and a CMMA member for 40 of those years. Intimately familiar with the challenges of leadership and management in the media industry, Dick will facilitate answers and help connect attendees with others who can help drive for success.

Our 2018 Opening Day Featured Speaker September 23, 2018, 1:45-2:45pm

Andy Kaufman, PMP

Presentation title: “That’s Not What I Meant!”

As media managers, communications is our business. We create videos and websites and print materials and social media posts that rank in the top tier of “corporate” communications. But oftentimes our most challenging communications are the interpersonal communications with co-workers and staff.

How can we be sure that we are communicating effectively with those upon who we depend to help craft our corporate and leadership messages, and how can we spot situations where the things go sideways because of communications breakdowns.

In his presentation, “That’s Not What I Meant!”, Andy Kaufman, PMP, international speaker, author, and executive coach, will give us tools to identify communications challenges and create strategies to dramatically improve our ability to communicate effectively with our teams.

After participating in this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key areas where breakdowns often occur with communication so they can be avoided
  • Describe biases that make it more difficult for people to understand each other
  • Summarize a 5-part model from neuroscience that can help communication be more effective
  • Apply a 5-step process to improve their ability to be understood
Our 2018 Closing Speaker September 25, 2018

Nan Crawford
Courageous Creativity —
Tools to Navigate, Challenge, and Instigate Change 

We’re all faced with a daily deluge of demands and distractions. It can be understandably tempting to pull back and play it safe. How do we reconnect to an enlivened sense of innate determination?

How do we stay focused on what matters most while being flexible and innovative? How do we approach the personal, professional and planetary challenges before us with courageous creativity?

Join this energizing, interactive session to…

  • Examine the key obstacles that holds us back from creating a culture of authenticity and innovation
  • Learn insights from neuroscience research on creativity, improvisation, and cognitive flexibility
  • Understand the mindset that helps us act decisively in the midst of uncertainty
  • Leverage a fundamental tool of collaboration to increase empathy
  • Discover for yourself, your organizations, and your communities how to embody leadership with clarity and confidence

The Bijou Experience!

Improved for 2018 – The Bijou Content Experience Showcase 

We want you to think outside the timeline and bring us your best! Social Media campaigns, Website revamps, Print Media, Live Events, and Video will all be accepted into this year’s Bijou Experience. This is a great opportunity to share success stories with your peers. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll ask “how’d you do that?”.
The Bijou Experience is for you, by you. So, grab your best work and don’t be shy about those humble-brags.

CMMA Gives Back!Americas-Second-Harvest

Hunger is a serious issue.  More than 49 million Americans struggle with food insecurity. That’s why CMMA chose America’s Second Harvest for our first Giving Back campaign. Please say you’ll join us Saturday, September 22, at our national conference in Savannah as we volunteer to improve lives and work toward a hunger-free world.

All you need are close-toed shoes, an open heart, and a willingness to have fun.

Welcome to The DeSoto

by Sotherly

Official Hotel for CMMA’s 2018 National Conference

Overlooking Madison Square in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District, The DeSoto is a treasured landmark blending the elegance, history, and charm of one of America’s oldest cities with a generous dash of modern Southern hospitality. Warm smiles from long-tenured staff, a museum-worthy lobby art gallery showcasing the Savannah College of Art & Design, imaginative cocktails at Edgar’s Proof & Provision, and farm-fresh ingredients at 1540 Room – The DeSoto is a Savannah experience to be savored and celebrated.


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