July 2018

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The Bystander Effect: How to React If You See Someone Being Harassed

Bystander intervention training can help people learn effective ways to react when they see someone else being harassed.

BY Michelle Russell July 17, 2018

The Rise of the Chief Growth Officer

One of the biggest names in business events just added a chief growth officer to its leadership. Is it a sign of a bigger shift in marketing that will place more pressure on events to deliver results?

BY David McMillin July 2, 2018

The Worst Time of Day for Productivity

An excerpt from Daniel Pink’s “When” discusses the dangers of the “trough,” a lull in the afternoon where productivity reaches an all-time low.

BY Convene Editors July 2, 2018

Questioning the Q&A

Author Daniel Pink said he started to figure out “intuitively” as a speaker a few years ago that the traditional format of presentation followed by a Q&A was not the best way to end a session. Here’s what he does instead.

BY Convene Editors July 2, 2018

Behind the Scenes: A Seat at the Table

Your participants’ F&B experience is shaped by a lot more than what’s on their plates. The good news is that it’s not beyond your control.

BY Michelle Russell July 2, 2018

Looking Ahead: Blockchain. Why Should We Care?

The implications of this burgeoning technology on the business of events are worth exploring.

BY Sherrif Karamat July 2, 2018

What Is the Bystander Effect and What Can You Do About It?

Business-events professionals offer six ways organizations can help circumvent the bystander effect in the workplace.

BY Tatiana Walk-Morris July 2, 2018

Designing for Dialogue

C2 Montréal built a reputation as one of the most innovative business conferences in the world by focusing on creating attendee connections. Now, its founders are building a network to extend the C2 experience worldwide.

BY Barbara Palmer July 2, 2018

GDPR’s Silver Lining

As organizations focus on compliance, one data expert says there’s a larger conversation we should be having about the effects of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

BY Barbara Palmer July 2, 2018

When It Come to Decision-Making, Logic Isn’t The Most Powerful Motivator

Events need to appeal to the hearts and minds of potential attendees — but too often our pitches fail to reach them at an emotional level.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes July 2, 2018

How Did This Conference Earn a 100 Percent Approval Rating?

For event designer Lisa VanRosendale, creating friction for attendees — and goosebumps — is a key part of her strategy.

July 2, 2018

Blockchain for Events

The technology has great potential, but for it to work in the events industry, all stakeholders will need to join together.

BY David McMillin July 2, 2018

An “Un-Conference” for Poverty and Social Injustice

The Opportunity Collaboration summit brings professionals from different disciplines together to create sustainable solutions to poverty and social injustice — in as “un-conference” a way as possible.

July 2, 2018

‘I Would Tell My Younger Self to Trust My Instincts’

Social Tables CEO Dan Berger on his biggest professional mistake, his next big career goal, and his advice to young meeting professionals.

BY David McMillin July 2, 2018

Catching Up: George Aguel, President and CEO, Visit Orlando

George Aguel, who celebrates his five-year anniversary heading up Visit Orlando in 2018, weighs in on what’s new and what’s next for the destination.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst July 2, 2018

Hello Tomorrow: Global Summit For Thinkers Who Will Change the World

The Hello Tomorrow Global Summit highlights and accelerates early-stage start-ups, creating deep-tech solutions to real-world problems.

BY Barbara Palmer July 2, 2018

Why Your Downtime Shouldn’t Secretly Be About Work

Author Brigid Schulte on the trend toward linking leisure to increased on-the-job productivity — and why you should resist it.

BY Casey Gale June 27, 2018

Are These 7 Fears Stopping You From Transforming Your Events?

Tackle those issues head on to reinvent your event.

BY Don Neal June 19, 2018

Kjell A. Nordström Wants to Make You Comfortable About the Future

Business guru Kjell A. Nordström will share his insights about the future at PCMA’s European Influencers Summit in September. He expects his audience will find his perspective both thought-provoking — and perhaps, he said, “a little bit frightening at the same time.” 

BY Cristi Kempf June 15, 2018

5 Top Internet Trends for Business Events

We picked five trends most relevant to business events from venture capitalist Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends report.

BY Casey Gale June 13, 2018