Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association
  • What DMOs Are Doing to Stand Out

    Hunter R.Slaton, Illustrations by Luke Lucas
    Some DMOs have replaced their traditional name - the classic Convention & Visitors Bureau - with action words telling meeting planners and the general public exactly what they want them to do: meet us, visit us, experience us. Why? And how has it worked out?

  • Designing Experience

    Barbara Palmer, Senior Editor, Photographs by Susan Montagna
    ‘Decorating’ doesn't begin to describe the work of event designer David Stark, whose approach is part art installation, part immersive theater — and pure experience. Join us for a guided tour of the master's event portfolio.

  • One on One With Alan Webber

    Susan Sarfati, CAE
    Many people don't know about what the Fast Company co-founder calls the real story': Before there was a wildly successful business magazine, there was an event that helped shape its direction. And once Fast Company was launched, there continued to be live programs that built its brand and nourished its content - all designed to be as groundbreaking and forward-thinking as the magazine itself.

  • PCMA Education Conference Preview: Kaplan Mobray

    By Katie Kervin, Assistant Editor
    The career consultant and motivational speaker says that two keys to being a successful leader are understanding your choices and envisioning the outcome of your work — before you've even started.

  • Daniel H. Pink: 'We All Work in Sales'

    Christopher Durso, Executive Editor
    The bestselling author wants you to buy a new idea: Everyone works in sales now. Meetings and conventions? Those are ‘sales festivals, in many ways.' And not just on the show floor.

  • Got Connexity? With education accessible online 24/7, networking has become the primary reason people choose to attend your conference. And the opportunity to connect face-to-face is too critical to be left to chance.
  • Make Music Out of Social Media Noise From South by Southwest to New York Fashion Week, Storify offers an online platform for combining photos, voices, insights, and impressions into one unified narrative.
  • For All the Good It Does Looking to make a difference in the world, Ken Budd did six voluntourism projects in six different countries. What he learned in the process will make you feel even better about the CSR activities at your meetings.
  • Internet Access 101 You need to have basic knowledge about what goes into wiring your meetings, says CIC's Bandwidth and Connectivity Workgroup - because what you don't know about Internet access can hurt you.
  • Live From the Booth DuPont provides live, in-booth education sessions — some for CE credit — at the International Builders’ Show.
  • Pyramid Scheme  When "Other Duties as Assigned" means a toppling tower of champagne.
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