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.

What Does It Take to Land on ‘Best Small Cities’ List?

What’s the common denominator in the perception of large and small cities as desirable places to live, work, or visit as a tourist or attendee? It’s their vibrancy, according to one destination-branding firm, which has found a new way to measure just that.

BY Michelle Russell August 1, 2018

The Worst Time of Day for Productivity

An excerpt from Daniel Pink’s “When” discusses the dangers of the “trough,” a lull in the afternoon where productivity reaches an all-time low.

BY Convene Editors July 2, 2018

Questioning the Q&A

Author Daniel Pink said he started to figure out “intuitively” as a speaker a few years ago that the traditional format of presentation followed by a Q&A was not the best way to end a session. Here’s what he does instead.

BY Convene Editors July 2, 2018

Daniel Pink on the Best Way to Start a Meeting

No matter when your meeting or conference starts, the beginning is a make-or-break time, says author Daniel Pink.

BY Michelle Russell June 27, 2018

Well-Timed: ‘When’ Author Applies Scientific Insights to Event Scheduling

Daniel Pink looks at the world of business events through the lens of When to improve the attendee experience and their outcomes. And since business-event strategists are all about the how, he also offered up ideas organizers can easily put into practice at their next event.

BY Michelle Russell June 26, 2018

Mindfulness: Working With Your Emotions

Meditation is a powerful tool for increasing focus and reducing stress, but who has time to sit on a cushion at work? Leah Weiss teaches business students and organizations the skills to bring mindfulness into the fray of the workplace.

BY Barbara Palmer June 1, 2018

Design Thinking: An Event Strategist’s Toolkit

Does design thinking sound like a warm and fuzzy approach to meeting planning? Warm, yes, because it’s human-centered. But considering our handful of clear strategies, there’s nothing fuzzy about it.

BY Barbara Palmer May 1, 2018

Is Science Under Fire?

Amid stories of a drop in the participation of U.S. government–funded scientists at conferences and uncertainty over international travel to the U.S., three experts weigh in on the pressures on international scientific meetings.

BY Convene Editors March 1, 2018

Creating Compelling Digital Experiences

The art and science of combining digital and face-to-face experiences in your meetings strategy.

BY Convene Editors February 1, 2018

How the Radiological Society of North America Created a Hybrid Success

The Radiological Society of North America stages a huge in-person conference and an increasingly robust hybrid meeting. Participation in both is only growing.

BY Casey Gale February 1, 2018

Playing Around: What Event Strategists Can Learn From Esports

Yes, there’s an entire industry dedicated to people who play video games competitively. It’s called esports — and there are things it can teach you about compelling online content.

BY Jasmine Zhu February 1, 2018

Let the Games Begin: The Olympics and the Future of Live-Streaming

NBC is planning to live-stream a record-breaking amount of programming from the Winter Olympics this month. What can event organizers learn from that?

BY David McMillin February 1, 2018