Our Funhouse Mirror: the Power of Perception — 2

looking_in_mirror_successful_400_clr_5648But what about the funhouse mirror? In the previous decades we made great use of that mirror to deflect the image of our weaknesses. Or, at least we thought we did. For the most part, however, we simply invented a façade to cover up those weaknesses. That façade became part of our self-image and we convinced ourselves it was all working.

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Let the Games Begin!

by Rosealee Lee

Learning need not be boring. That message is embedded in much of the training that DCTC’s Meeting and Event Management students receive. After all, they are the future managers of educational meetings and events. Who better to learn delivery of information beyond the typical lecture and “death-by-PowerPoint”?

So it was no surprise when students were asked to share their research on the topic of adult learning, that they selected game shows as their format. Even more appropriate was the fact that our class day was held at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Yes, there was gaming going on outside our meeting room. But inside our meeting room, the gaming led to real learning that will make these students stars! Shown here are the gaming hosts in action. 2014-02-15 11.03.202014-02-15 11.33.012014-02-15 11.37.11

Learning Gets REAL at Mystic Lake

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Sara Borglum, Account Executive at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, shared real-life experiences and career insights with Meeting and Event Management students when they met for an optional classroom opportunity last week at Mystic. Sara’s passion for the industry and service to her clients shined. Her energy is contagious.

We are grateful for the generous support of Mystic Lake. The Mystic Lake community is truly a partner in the future of hospitality AND quality education. Thank you!

Want to know more about why we meet in real companies?  Check out the article, Hospitality Employers Make Magic Happen!.  It really is magic when employers give of their time for back-of-house tours and guest lectures.  At DCTC, employers help to make learning REAL!

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Quick Start Guide to Writing a Blog

by Guest Author: Christine Mollenkopf-Pigsley NACCE Curriculum & Training Fellow and NISM Certified Social Media Strategist

What is a blog?
Think of it like a short news article or opinion/letter to the editor to which you are willing to attach your name, brand and reputation. In social media the blog not only gives the reader valuable information but it gives them a deeper understanding of you as an individual or the brand/organization/institution you represent.

How long should it be?

Is there a magic formula?

How do I balance information and promotion?

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Our Funhouse Mirror: the Power of Perception — 1

by Rosealee Lee

Perception is that simple, yet powerful influence that is embedded in all of our actions and interactions. looking_in_mirror_successful_400_clr_5648 We usually don’t think much about it. Perception is much like a mirror at a carnival funhouse.  You can see yourself in it, but the image you see is distorted.  And, after years of looking in that mirror, you convince yourself that the image you see is true.  The funny thing is that others who view (or perceive) you, are seeing someone much different.  And, their perception becomes their reality. You’re looking thru the funhouse lens and they’re looking thru their own lens.  All too often, no one is looking at the genuine, authentic YOU.
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Saint Paul RiverCentre Makes Learning REAL

2014-02-08 10.55.38Meeting and Event Management students were treated to hands-on learning when the RiverCentre complex became our classroom for a day. Zach Foster was our host. Zach is Sales Manager at Saint Paul RiverCentre & Roy Wilkins Auditorium. He was recently promoted to that position after serving (since 2008) as Events Floor Manager and subsequently as Event Manager. Hospitality employers are well-known for promoting from within their own ranks and it’s easy to see why Zach has been successful in his career track at RiverCentre. He is, in short, a rock star. I am also a client of the RiverCentre, and was previously privileged to have Zach assigned as my Event Manager. With Zach on board, I could breathe easy.

2014-02-08 11.18.06Zach shared his own career story and the many elements of the RiverCentre business model. He discussed employment positions within the organizations that make up the complex, as well as provided a glimpse into departmental interactions. Zach is a great trainer and, as it turned out, an excellent tour guide. Students enjoyed the back-of-house tour of the facility as well as the Home and Garden Show set-up. Learning how such a large public show moves in and actually constructs buildings on the show floor was a great experience.

2014-02-08 09.10.10 RiverCentre’s boardroom became our classroom for the balance of the class day. The great views of Saint Paul from the boardroom, combined with the information Zach shared, were fuel for our coursework.

Susan Hubbard represents the Saint Paul RiverCentre on DCTC’s Hospitality Employer Advisory Board.

Want to know more about why we meet in real companies?  Check out the article, Hospitality Employers Make Magic Happen!.  It really is magic when employers give of their time for back-of-house tours and guest lectures.  At DCTC, employers help to make learning REAL!

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Making Learning REAL at ALTOUR Performance

Mary Sue Leathers, President of ALTOUR Performance hosted a recent Meeting and Event Management classroom day at ALTOUR’s Savage facility. 1015a7f She shared the diverse facets of ALTOUR’s product offerings and services that span the globe. The company is growing quickly and it’s no secret why — their dedication to strategic meetings management and client management philosophy take them to the head of the class. As a Dakota County Technical College graduate, Mary Sue’s career story is particularly inspiring. We are grateful for her service on DCTC’s Hospitality Employer Advisory Board.

Following our visit with Mary Sue and a tour of the facility, we turned the ALTOUR boardroom into our classroom for more great learning.

Want to know more about why we meet in real companies?  Check out the article, Hospitality Employers Make Magic Happen!.  It really is magic when employers give of their time for back-of-house tours and guest lectures.  At DCTC, employers help to make learning REAL!

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