CMP Series Required Reading

Our series dives deep into essential meeting planner skills that align with the CMP Blueprint. Read the article and supplemental material and test your understanding and you could earn one clock hour toward CMP certification — our gift to you.

Meetings and the Maker Movement

How does the maker movement intersect with business events and how can we tap into it for more meaningful experiences for our participants? Convene cast a wide net to find ideas for weaving more of what makes us human into our events.

BY Convene Editors June 13, 2024

Inside WorldatWork’s Speaker Coaching Program

WorldatWork’s Courtney Mesmer developed a speaker coaching program to improve the participant experience at her organization’s annual conference. That initiative not only transformed the conference but rippled throughout the organization.

BY Barbara Palmer April 8, 2024

Learning to Listen

Listening is a skill essential to the knowledge exchange that takes place at business events, but how can organizers cultivate better listening behavior among our audiences? Convene reached out to four listening experts and one of the world’s top experts on coaching for their advice.

BY Michelle Russell Barbara Palmer February 2, 2024

Game Changer: Paris 2024 Olympics Takes Bold Strides Toward Sustainability

The Olympic Games, the largest sporting event in the world, is aiming to make next year’s edition in Paris its most sustainable ever. What can the events community learn from its plans and its progress?

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 11, 2023

Events Industry Forecast 2023: Where We Are Now

For this year’s Industry Forecast, we’ve culled the latest research on business events and the sectors that support them — travel, event technology, lodging, and the workplace — asking experts to provide insights about what to expect next. Here are some of those insights.

BY Convene Editors November 1, 2023

Events and Venues Face New Challenges to Safety, Security

As face-to-face events return in full force, organizers and venues are assessing additional new risks, like potential disruptive behavior, that can make their events feel less safe and welcoming.

BY Michelle Russell October 6, 2023

Practicing Empathy at Work and Events

Empathy is not just a soft skill that’s necessary to cultivate to lead teams and design events post-pandemic, it’s practical and effective.

BY Michelle Russell Barbara Palmer June 8, 2023

Meeting in the Metaverse

How the events industry is exploring the metaverse’s current and future potential.

BY Convene Editors March 31, 2023

The Transformation of Business Events

What event organizers have learned about what their audiences want now.

BY Convene Editors February 6, 2023

Designing Events That Create a Sense of Belonging

Now that in-person events have resumed, organizers can reignite among participants the sense that a common purpose bonds them together. Here’s how, according to experts across different fields.

BY Convene Editors December 16, 2022

Convene’s Events Industry Forecast for 2023

We’ve brought back the industry forecast, curating research and trends in travel, hospitality, events, event tech — and, new this year, hybrid work — to offer a (somewhat) clearer picture of where we may be headed.

BY Convene Editors December 6, 2022

3 Shifts in Event Sustainability

Meeting professionals aren’t going back to planning exactly the same events they held in 2019, and they aren’t returning to the same conversations about sustainability they were having before the pandemic. Here are three ways industry experts in sustainability say the landscape is changing.

BY Barbara Palmer October 10, 2022

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