Meeting Management

Moving Your Meeting Amid Rising Reproductive Rights Concerns

Post Dobbs decision, the destinations where the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine can safely meet have dwindled to a select few. Here’s how the association has navigated increasingly tricky legal contracts, member dissonance and advocacy, and the difficult decision to relocate the meeting at the last minute.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst April 25, 2024

Earth Day 2024: Ending Single-Use Plastic

Plastics are one of the most pressing environmental threats we face. And it is a threat that the events industry can do something about.

BY Barbara Palmer April 21, 2024

From Skeptic to Sought-After TEDx Speaker Coach

Fifteen years ago, she coached speakers for the first major TEDx event. Hayley Foster has since built that initial experience into a successful business, helping speakers to focus on what makes their message unique and their presentation authentic.

BY Michelle Russell April 6, 2024

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Speaking at Events

Your speakers aren’t the stars of your show — their message should take the spotlight. In Don’t Tank Your TED Talk, short talk expert Hayley Foster offers a primer for succinct and compelling presentations you can share with your presenters to keep the audience engaged.

BY Michelle Russell April 6, 2024

The Anti-Diet Movement on Display at an Event for Dietitians

A recent Washington Post article pointed the finger at a nutrition conference as an outlet for misinformation that can contribute to the obesity epidemic.

BY Michelle Russell April 4, 2024

‘Tricky Times’ for Two Convention Centers

How two CVBs — Visit Cincy and Visit Savannah — are managing group business during the transitionary period when their convention centers’ renovation projects are underway.

BY Michelle Russell February 23, 2024

Clear Roles, Effective Collaboration With the RACI Matrix

Here’s a simple project-management tool that can help streamline internal communications — and clarify accountability — for annual meetings. 

BY Dave Lutz, CMP January 22, 2024

Capitol Hill Addresses Visa Wait Time Issue

Convention attendees and exhibitors from some non-U.S. destinations have been contending with visitor visa processing times as long as 800 days, negatively impacting international participation at U.S.-based events. New legislation targeting the issue offers some hope.

BY Casey Gale September 22, 2023

Should You Break the Bank to Hire a Celebrity Speaker?

More seats remain empty at keynote and main sessions. Here’s why featuring celebrities probably isn’t the answer to filling them — and what audiences care about instead, according to research from Freeman.

BY Barbara Palmer June 12, 2023

How Event Destinations Are Facing the Crime Challenge

With meeting professionals making safety and security a top priority for their events, destinations are finding innovative solutions to augment public safety programs.

BY Barbara Palmer March 20, 2023

Transforming Your Events Business Model

At a Convening Leaders 2023 session, three event leaders shared how their business model has evolved to include digital opportunities.

BY Michelle Russell February 24, 2023

Finding Event Registration Patterns

One group of planners shared their registration pickup data for their 2022 events vs. their pre-COVID events to identify trends that may continue in the short term.

BY Christine Shimasaki, CDME, CMP February 20, 2023

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