Convene CMP Series

Known for its high-quality content, Convene offers a monthly series of must read articles organized around CMP knowledge areas that, along with an online test and essay, enables readers to easily earn CEs.

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Convene CMP Series: October 2017 

Article: How Inclusive Are Your Meetings? 
Objective: 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.

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Convene CMP Series: September 2017 

Article: The United States of Uncertainty 
Objective: How are proposed U.S. travel policies affecting international attendance — and projected attendance — at meetings and conferences in the U.S.? We asked event organizers what they are thinking.

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Convene CMP Series: August 2017 

Article: How Will The EFPIA Disclosure Code Change Medical Meetings?
Objective: Next year, European medical-technology companies will be prohibited from directly sponsoring physicians to attend medical conferences. How will the events industry ensure that this doesn’t lead to a decline in attendance?

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Convene CMP Series: July 2017 

Article: Five Trade Shows and How They Grew 
Objective: Five trade shows in varied fields — healthcare, hotel design, marijuana cultivation, woodworking, and baseball coaching — share the secrets of their success.

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Convene CMP Series: June 2017 

Article: 5 Formats for Fascinating Forums 
Objective: Looking to break out of the speaker-to-audience rut? Here are five models for delivering content that will keep attendees active, interested, and sometimes even on their feet.

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Convene CMP Series: May 2017 

Article: How To Minimize Unconscious Bias At Your Meeting
Objective: Our brains are hard-wired to favor certain categories of people while doubting others. It’s called unconscious bias. How does that play out at meetings — and what can you do to minimize it?

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Convene CMP Series: April 2017 

Article: Hacking the Hackathon
Objective: Hackathons have gone viral, spreading from the high-tech space into meetings and conferences of all types. So what makes for a successful hack day?

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Convene CMP Series: March 2017 

Article: How Meetings and Events Can Leverage Personalization
Objective: Creating customized experiences for your attendees makes your event more meaningful to them.

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Convene CMP Series: February 2017 

Article: Cities With Great Taste
Objective: Food halls. Distillery trails. Michelin-starred chefs. The story of how smaller cities are using great food and drink to attract business events.

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Convene CMP Series: January 2017 

Article: Meet the Future
Objective: New York City’s Future of StoryTelling Summit explores how cutting-edge technology puts audiences at the center of the action. And asks the question: Isn’t that where meeting participants belong, too?

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Convene CMP Series: December 2016 

Article: Unclear and Present Danger
Objective: Event security used to mean looking out for pickpockets on the show floor. Now it’s more about anticipating terrorism and active shooters.

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Convene CMP Series: November 2016 

Article: All Politics is Local
Objective: Celebrate democracy by going behind the scenes at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — with the meeting and event professionals who organized and ran them.

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Convene CMP Series: October 2016 

Article: Rethinking Certification at Medical Meetings
Objective: Maintenance of certification is a relatively new addition to the education and training requirements facing physicians and to medical meeting education. Not all physicians are happy about the changes.

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Convene CMP Series: September 2016 

Article: How Do You Handle Special-Meal Requests?
Objective: As meeting planners field a growing number of special-meal requests from attendees with food allergies, as well as lifestyle and religious dietary restrictions, how are they accommodating their needs and preferences?

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Convene CMP Series: August 2016 

Article: How Planners Maximize the Benefits of Telecommuting
Objective: More people than ever are working out of the office — especially in the meetings industry, where frequent travel has created professionals who are used to doing their jobs wherever they happen to be.

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Convene CMP Series: July 2016 

Article: 4 Models for Rebranding Your Meeting
Objective: Pushed to compete with high-profile events like TED and South by Southwest, these associations reinvented their annual meetings.

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Convene CMP Series: June 2016

Article: What Makes for Good Internships?
Objective: Designing internships that build competencies is key to securing tomorrow’s talent. Also: You need to pay them.

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Convene CMP Series: May 2016 

Article: Inside the Bid Process for a Citywide Conference
Objective:Two destinations — one each from Canada and the United States — made the shortlist to host an international conference of beekeepers. Which of them prevailed — and why?

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Convene CMP Series: April 2016 

Article: What Defines ‘Good Work’ in the Meetings Industry?
Objective: What does it mean in the meetings industry to do the right thing? Do planners and suppliers agree?

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Convene CMP Series: March 2016 

Article: Meetings and Climate Change
Objective: On the heels of the U.N.’s historic climate conference in Paris in December, will there be increased pressure to reduce the carbon emissions of meetings, conventions, and trade shows?

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Convene CMP Series: February 2016 

Article: The Trouble With Evals
Objective: The feedback form is such a fixture in the meetings industry that you would think it would have been perfected by now. But as a new Convene survey suggests, it’s a tool that is ripe for redesign.

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Convene CMP Series: January 2016 

Article: Putting the ‘Arrr!’ in Room Block
Objective: With all of the pressures on the traditional room block — including pirates, Airbnb, and budget-conscious attendees — is it time to rethink the booking model?

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Convene CMP Series: December 2015

Article: The New Guide to Outsourcing
Objective: Outsourcing can save time and money, and help you add specialized talent to your team — but where do you start?

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Convene CMP Series: November 2015 

Article: Are You Finding the Best Speakers for Your Events?
Objective: How are you finding, hiring, and working with speakers — and is there a better way?

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Convene CMP Series: October 2015 

Article: The Greenest Convention Centers in the World
Objective: From dedicated staff to international certifications, the 30 convention centers profiled in the soon-to-be-released 2015 Green Venue Report are a rich source of best practices for sustainable meetings.

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Convene CMP Series: September 2015 

Article: Going-the-Distance Learning
Objective: We talked to learning experts about strategies that connect content acquisition to execution.

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Convene CMP Series: August 2015 

Article: The Next-Generation DMO
Objective: DMOs are getting increasingly vocal about how much money meetings and conventions are bringing to town.

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Convene CMP Series: July 2015 

Article: Reducing Food Waste at Your Meetings
Objective: How can you balance your gut instinct to never let attendees see an empty plate with a more sustainable F&B program?

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Convene CMP Series: June 2015 

Article: How Sleep Affects Attendee Engagement
Objective: Your meetings start too early and go too late, and as a result both you and your attendees are sleep-deprived — and paying the price. How? And what can you do to make your events more sleep-friendly?

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Convene CMP Series: April 2015 

Article: How StrengthsLIVE Revolutionized One Medical Meeting
Objective: When the American Osteopathic Association wanted to empower the community of physicians attending its annual conference, it chose to give them a new tool — one that would help participants both take stock of their inherent talents and embrace the traits they share with their entire profession.

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Convene CMP Series: March 2015 

Article: How 3D Printing Is Impacting the Meetings Industry
Objective: 3D printing promises to upend manufacturing, disrupt existing supply chains, and rewrite how products come to market. It’s already led to life-saving innovations in medicine, and groundbreaking advances in construction and design.

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Convene CMP Series: February 2015 

Article: Could Your Meeting Use a Little Drama?
Objective: The theater world specializes in engaging audiences and moving hearts and minds. What can meeting professionals learn from actors and producers about creating more memorable meetings?

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Convene CMP Series: January 2015 

Article: How Regulatory Changes in Europe Are Affecting Medical Meetings
Objective: Like PhRMA and AdvaMed before it, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations has adopted stricter reporting requirements for industry–physician interactions. Here are 10 things medical meeting organizers — including planners in North America — should know about them.

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