Event Strategy & Design

From the physical set-up to the way you orchestrate sessions and interaction, we help you put the latest smart thinking into practice to create environments and experiences that have an impact.

How to Open — and Close — a Meeting

In our latest Meetings and Your Brain column, we look at why the first and last 5 percent of a meeting “really matters,” as conflict resolution facilitator Priya Parker says.

BY Barbara Palmer November 28, 2022

The Reusable Bag and Bottle Question

Do conferences really need more bags and water bottles? Convene readers are divided on the topic, as a recent LinkedIn thread about Deputy Editor Barbara Palmer’s write-up on the topic indicates.

BY Convene Editors November 21, 2022

Looking Forward — and Planning for More Uncertainty in Business Events

While the worst of the pandemic may be behind us, one event organizer sees the fallout as affecting business events into the “near future,” and is preparing for more uncertainty.

BY Curt Wagner November 21, 2022

Envisioning Change Through ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’

A new format debuted at Convening EMEA in Vienna this fall to help participants have meaningful discussions on complex challenges in a trusting environment. 

BY Michelle Russell November 14, 2022

Four Ways to Make Events More Immersive Experiences

In our latest Meetings and Your Brain column, we look at how findings from research on training programs can help event organizers create more memorable and extraordinary experiences for their audiences.

BY Barbara Palmer November 14, 2022

Investing in Company Culture Brings Employees Together in Tough Times

In the third in a series about dealing with uncertainty, the CEO of photo and video company Snapbar shares how four business pivots in two years has taken a toll, but the entire team stepped up to meet the challenge.

BY Barbara Palmer November 7, 2022

A Tech Solution to Food Waste

Atlanta-based startup Goodr has delivered 30 million meals and diverted nearly 5 million pounds in total of food waste from landfills.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst October 31, 2022

Connecting the Dots on Food Recovery

Fight2Feed, an all-volunteer organization made up of event and hospitality professionals, has saved millions of pounds of food from Chicago-area landfills over the last eight years by staying focused on solving problems and leaning into their relationships.

BY Barbara Palmer October 31, 2022

‘History Starts Now’ for Business Events Industry

Heather Seasholtz, CMP-Fellow, DES, was laid off from her job at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the two years since, she’s learned to harness uncertainty in ways she never anticipated.

BY Casey Gale October 31, 2022

3 Formats for the Next Generation of Panel Sessions

It’s time to bring back panels — but not in the same tired format. Here are three ideas to mix things up. 

BY Dave Lutz, CMP October 24, 2022

‘There’s no Obstacle Too Big’ to Derail Association’s Annual Event

CEO of the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association reflects on what she learned from her experience navigating a double whammy — a COVID surge and hurricane — happening at the same time as her annual in-person conference.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst October 24, 2022

Easy as Pie: 3 Strategies to Refresh Your Events

Changed audiences need changed events to meet them where they are.

BY Beth Surmont October 12, 2022