News & Trends

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

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

The Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival unites DIY haunted-house builders, entertainment-world horror pros, and ghost-story enthusiasts in Long Beach for some late-summer spooking. Who said October had to have all the fun?

BY Barbara Palmer October 23, 2017

Mastery Is Magic: Vinh Giang

‘We live in a world where it’s becoming harder and harder to rise above the noise.’

BY Barbara Palmer October 20, 2017

How Stories Get the Job Done

People who develop the skill of storytelling and use it to deliver their messages will see results, says author and champion storyteller Kindra Hall.

BY Barbara Palmer October 16, 2017

7 Business Lessons From Jazz

How experimentation, embracing errors, and other jazz tenets can be applied in business settings.

BY Barbara Palmer October 2, 2017

How Inclusive Are Your Meetings?

Not everyone feels welcome at your meeting. And some of that could be your fault — because of your speaker lineup, marketing collateral, or something else that’s making them feel like they don’t belong there. Here’s how to open your program to your entire community.

BY Sarah Beauchamp October 2, 2017

Turning the Tables: What Kind of Attendee Are You?

See how your own preferences as an attendee stack up to your colleagues’ in real time.

BY Michelle Russell September 29, 2017

All That Jazz: How Improvisation Helps When Producing Events

Design strategist and hybrid thinker Natalie Nixon on combining qualitative and quantitative research methods and how borrowing from jazz can help you escape a ‘permission-slip culture.’

BY Barbara Palmer September 27, 2017

Convene Survey: How Will Trump’s Travel Policies Affect International Attendance?

Most meeting professionals who responded to our latest survey are worried about the negative effect that new policies will have on the perception of travel to the U.S.

BY Barbara Palmer September 26, 2017

Yelp Is on the Way

To provide attendees with top drinking and dining options in San Diego, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization partnered with Yelp.

September 25, 2017

How to Achieve Influence and Success in a Digital World

In order for your business or conference to achieve worldwide “word of mouth” on the web, it is crucial to add a human touch to social media.

BY Casey Gale September 12, 2017

The Shows Must Go On

Every summer, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) brings together thousands of kids — mostly middle- and high-school students — for education, networking, and of course, performing.

BY Christopher Durso September 11, 2017