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.

How Convention Centers Are Evolving in a New Events Landscape

In the wake of the pandemic’s disruptions, convention centers are going all in on human-centered needs — plus broadcast capabilities, nature, and outdoor spaces — to bring back groups.

BY Convene Editors April 5, 2022

How Event Professionals Can Think Like Futurists

Amid continuing uncertainty around planning events during COVID’s wild ride, we turned to professional futurists to help put us on the path to envisioning business events going forward. Here’s a shorthand guide to thinking like a futurist.

BY Michelle Russell January 31, 2022

A ‘Watershed Moment’ for Events — and the World

How the United Nations’ biggest climate conference — and a critical moment in human history — could change the event industry’s “business as usual” narrative on sustainability.

BY Barbara Palmer November 23, 2021

The New Now: How the Pandemic Changed the Events Industry

As the COVID-19 crisis has rocked the business events industry, new business models have spring up — not as short-term workarounds, but as lasting shifts.

BY Convene Editors October 5, 2021

What Changes Caused by the Pandemic Will Stick?

The pandemic’s effects were so profound and far-reaching that not changing ceased to be an option for almost everyone on the planet. But which changes will be permanent, and how will they transform events?

BY Convene Editors August 11, 2021

Real-Life Examples Show the Importance of In-Person Events

Perhaps we once took for granted the larger role that face-to-face events play in our society, but the past year has shown us that they are far more than economic engines. These case studies show how physical events have given fledgling industries a foot-hold and path to success.

BY David McMillin Convene Editors June 1, 2021

Virtually There: Connecting Digital Event Attendees to Physical Places

These digital gatherings connect participants to the physical world, transporting them to real places and engaging their senses and emotions.

BY Convene Editors March 31, 2021

The Challenge of Virtualizing Trade Shows and Exhibit Halls

To make virtual trade shows and exhibit halls work, exhibitions industry practitioners have found that you have to rethink the physical experience — and embrace tech tools that entice attendees to connect with suppliers.

BY Danica Tormohlen February 1, 2021

Mother of Invention: Rethinking Business Events in Light of COVID-19

“Necessity” is a mild way to describe the impetus for invention brought by COVID-19. We’ve learned in 2020 that creativity is, as business strategist Natalie Nixon argues, “incredibly practical and crucial to survival” — in the business events industry especially, where the pandemic has forced us to go digital or go dark.

BY Convene Editors December 7, 2020

What Matters Now: How the Pandemic Has Changed Priorities

If we’ve just been waiting for the COVID-19 crisis to pass to go back to business as usual, we’ve missed a rare opportunity to see our lives and our work in a new light. Here are some ways our world has changed and what we hope will stick once the pandemic is behind us.

BY Convene Editors September 1, 2020

Embracing the Digital Opportunity

As the pandemic pushes record numbers of business event planners toward digital platforms and new ways of connecting online, it may ultimately strengthen the ability of meeting professionals to serve their audiences and to reach their business goals.

BY Barbara Palmer Convene Editors June 1, 2020

Scientific Meetings That Aren’t Afraid to Experiment

It used to be that scientific and medical conferences were highly formulaic, but planners are testing innovative session formats, presentation materials, and registration pricing, to name just a few elements.

BY David McMillin April 6, 2020