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Two Strategies to Optimize Revenue and Attendee Experience

Event organizers often face competing needs: Suppliers rely on booth traffic while attendees want to pack in as many sessions as possible. Velvet Chainsaw’s Dave Lutz outlines strategies to please them both.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP July 19, 2019

Challenge Organization, Attendees with Wisdom Conferences Sessions

Looking for a way to differentiate your conference? Drop the ‘something-for-everyone’ program approach and use your event as a setting to deliver wisdom, says Dave Lutz of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Here’s what that looks like.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP July 9, 2019

Two Ways to ‘Engineer the Unexpected’ at Events

If we are going to dedicate the time, money, and resources to bring people together, then we owe it to them to create a space that changes them in some way. I love the idea of engineering the unexpected.

BY Beth Surmont June 27, 2019

‘Pride Month Reminds Us to Pause and Reflect on Inclusion’

At every event, our community must lead the charge to create inclusive experiences. We have a global platform where we can create a respectful space for diverse perspectives, where we can learn from each other, share ideas, and find common ground. 

BY Sherrif Karamat June 27, 2019

No Doggy Bag for You: Digging into the Issue of Food Waste

A cooking class — and its no-doggy-bag policy — speaks to the larger issue of how we need to make eliminating food waste a priority at events.

BY Michelle Russell June 17, 2019

How to Tell if Your Organization is Ready for Change

The first step for shifting things at your company — before you jump in, make the commitment and the investment, or take a calculated risk — is to determine if the conditions are favorable for organizational change initiatives.

BY Don Neal June 4, 2019

Rethinking the Traditional Model for Your Conference’s Education Program

Organizers spend a lot of time putting together their conference’s education sessions. Models vary, but most include a 15- to 20-person conference committee (slotters) and an army of reviewers (graders). It’s time to rethink the traditional model for creating your conference’s education program.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP June 1, 2019

When it Comes to Diversity at Events, ‘Tolerance is Not Enough’

The business events industry has a role to play in halting the spread of hate.

BY Sherrif Karamat June 1, 2019

Ageism Remains a Problem in the Workforce

A truly diverse workforce embraces all ages and respects what each generation brings to the table. That’s our challenge in the workspace as well as in business event settings.

BY Michelle Russell June 1, 2019

Follow the 4 Dimensions of a Live Event to Create Peak Experiences

Self-actualization is not the exclusive realm of spirit guides or religious gurus. It should be among your highest priorities in terms of facilitating your participants’ experience.

BY Don Neal May 25, 2019

Business Events Can Make the World Less Lonely

In the May issue of Convene, we cover loneliness, a health issue that has come to be called an epidemic. Globally, the World Health Organization now lists social support networks as one of the factors determining health, and as our story points out, last year the U.K. appointed a minister for loneliness, making it a

BY Sherrif Karamat April 30, 2019

Ethical Tech: Questions Alexa Can’t Answer

Tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar says that we don’t think deeply about how tech is changing ‘how we live, love, learn, and even die.’

BY Michelle Russell April 30, 2019