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Prepping Industry Speakers for Your Events

You may think you do a good job of preparing your presenters, but there’s a lot at stake. Here are tips to help them do their best and provide the greatest value to your audience.

How Eclectic Aspen Plays as an Event Destination

A walkable downtown and a range of venue and accommodation options put this mountain resort known as a playground for the wealthy within reach for events, Convene discovers on a recent fam trip.

Ameerah Saine and Building Communities Through Events

Event strategist Ameerah Saine talks about how she builds communities — and promotes diversity and inclusion — through her lifestyle brand as PCMA continues its Ascent Luminaries video series, made possible by VisitDallas.

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How One Event Professional is Helping the Homeless

Windy Christner, CMP, senior director of meetings and expositions for American Pharmacists Association, is urging the industry to lean into — rather than try to plan around — the problem of homelessness in cities.

Two for One: How Organizers Combined a Food Writers Conference With a Food and Music Festival

When Hanna Raskin, food editor and chief critic for Charleston, South Carolina’s Post and Courier newspaper, was elected board president of the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) last year, she accepted under one condition: that AFJ suspend its multi-day conference. AFJ’s executive director, Amanda Miller, agreed. The national conference held Sept. 25–28, 2018, in Phoenix,

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Stop Thinking of Your Event as a Finite Thing

Author and Convening Leaders keynote speaker Simon Sinek says we must adopt an infinite mindset in order to be successful — and that includes the way we approach our events and consider our competition.

Creating a Safe Space for Failure

Sessions that explore failures can encourage more meaningful — and enjoyable — learning. Here’s how a couple of organizations made room for failure at their events.