News & Trends

What’s happening — or coming up next — in the meetings and events world and beyond.

Feeling Your Pain

More than 700 meeting professionals told Convene about their biggest organizational and personal challenges during the pandemic.

BY Barbara Palmer April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Layoff Tips: What to Do When You’re Let Go

Psychologist Robert Leahy says there are only two things you need to focus on when you are let go: looking for a job and taking care of yourself. Here’s his advice on how to do both.

BY Michelle Russell April 16, 2020

A Medical Event Goes Virtual During COVID-19 to Avoid an ‘Education Recession’

Despite the pandemic, the sharing of scientific data ‘must not wait,’ decided organizers of the AAT-AD/PD Focus Meeting. Their April event’s move online offers takeaways for other live-event organizers.

BY Cristi Kempf April 15, 2020

Networking in a Pandemic: Build Your Relationships

How we show up in our business relationships has never been more important. Networking expert and consultant J. Kelly Hoey offers some ideas to keep in mind about networking during this period of social distancing.

BY Barbara Palmer April 15, 2020

Drawing Insights for Events from a COVID-19 Study in Germany

The preliminary findings of a German university virologist and his team underscore the risk of contagion at large events in our current COVID-19 reality and may point the way forward for event organizers in the short term.

BY Michelle Russell April 15, 2020

6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Happy While You’re Working at Home

You’re trying to stay in touch with your team, but you may have some at-home team members who require attention, too. Here are some suggestions to keep your children busy and happy while hunkered down.

BY David McMillin April 15, 2020

Why There’s Never Been a Better Time for LinkedIn

A relationship-based online platform, LinkedIn is an almost perfect tool for these times.

BY Barbara Palmer April 15, 2020

ASAE Calls on Congress to Help Associations

More than 4,000 organizations have signed a letter to congressional leaders asking for $25 billion in aid for associations, says ASAE, as it outlines strategies for additional action.

BY Convene Editors April 14, 2020

Renegotiating Contracts for Fall Events

As planners look ahead to the fall, one member of the PCMA Catalyst community shares bumps he’s encountered in trying to rework event contracts, plus offers options to consider.

BY Convene Editors April 14, 2020

A New Chapter in Networking: The Eventprofs Book Club

Inspired by Convening Leaders 2019, event professional Jillian Cardinal launched The Eventprofs Book Club to keep connections — and thought-provoking conversations — going between meetings

BY Cristi Kempf April 14, 2020

Survey Results: How Is COVID-19 Changing the Business Events Industry?

Full results of the PCMA Convene survey conducted the first week in April among more than 1,000 event organizers and 500-plus suppliers reveal that both groups have similar expectations when it comes to potential attendees’ appetite for travel once the worst of the pandemic is over.

BY Convene Editors April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Response: Getting Food to the People Who Need It

How the events industry is providing nourishment to those who are helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic and to those who are hurting because of it.

BY Convene Editors April 13, 2020

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