News & Trends

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

How Do Sci-Fi Authors Imagine the Future of Meetings?

We’re beaming in some ringers for this year’s Meetings Industry Forecast: professional science-fiction authors whose job is to figure out how the world — not to mention the universe — might change.

BY Christopher Durso October 31, 2017

What’s the Meetings Industry’s Biggest Challenge?

We asked, you answered. Respondents to our annual Meetings Market Survey told us what they considered to be the most pressing challenges.

BY Convene Editors October 30, 2017

How Meeting Professionals Can Strike a Better Work-Life Balance

Is your job killing you? Here we give you the tools you need to manage overwork and avoid burnout.

BY Christopher Durso October 26, 2017

What You Told Us About Your Biggest Challenge Surprised Us

Last year’s Meetings Market Survey respondents told us what makes their job difficult. Do you see yourself on this list?

BY Michelle Russell October 24, 2017

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