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How Haute Dokimazo’s Secret Family Reunion Took Flight
The invitation for the first Secret Family Reunion, Nov. 2–6, 2019, an event dreamed up by Haute Dokimazo — an Austin, Texas–based event company dedicated to improving meeting, sharing, and learning by using an unconference, spontaneous think-tank format — might have very well included the proviso “control freaks need not apply.” Participants wouldn’t know where
When Working Out Conference Room Sets, Sweat the Small Stuff
When it comes to making your event more attendee-centric, even adding a few inches between chairs can go far.
Meetings Market Survey: Starting From a Good Place
Going by the responses to Convene’s 2020 Meetings Market Survey, the business events industry is on solid footing — which should help it better withstand the negative impacts of COVID-19.
Floating Solar Conference Dives Into Pioneering Tech
The first global conference dedicated to floating solar panel technology set sail in Amsterdam in 2019, and the organizers are predicting a bright future.
Email Is Not Free: Here’s What Email Saturation Can Cost You
As event marketers, one of the most important pieces of data we need to collect is our audience’s contact email address — and even more critical is permission to send them communication. Don’t abuse it.
The Rise of the Experience Economy
It has been 20 years since The Experience Economy, a seminal business book that identified the emerging consumer demand for experiences over things, was first published. How has that trend shaped our world — and event design — over the last two decades? Who better to ask than the book’s coauthors.
Startup #Meet4Impact Helps Groups Measure Their Legacies
As more business events consider the legacy they leave for destinations, this Montreal-based startup is looking to turbocharge its efforts with tools borrowed from the startup culture.
What Planners Can Do to Make Events More Sustainable
Here are some ways meeting organizers and venues can embrace the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for more sustainable events.
All Female and FAB: Culinary Conference an ‘Incredibly Safe Space’
There’s no male bashing at this all-women conference for professionals in the F&B industry, but workshop leaders must also be prepared to put all their ‘cards on the table.’
Harness 5 Core Traits to Create Resilient Meetings
Has there ever been a live event, conference, or annual meeting without glitches, choke points, or even downright hair-on-fire problems? You can mitigate them by designing your event to follow the path of least resistance.
Event Planners Rank the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Of the 7,000 event professionals who responded to a survey about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, 89 percent said they were committed to choosing small-scale and local food producers for their events.
Sustainable Development Goals Popping Up in Meeting Agendas, More
Here are some recent and upcoming examples of how the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are being incorporated into business events.
Who Responded to Convene’s 29th annual Meetings Market Survey
More than half of respondents to Convene’s 29th annual Meetings Market Survey said meeting planning is their primary job responsibility and 12 percent said it was a secondary job responsibility.
Events Industry Experts Weigh in on the Coronavirus
The Events Industry Council (EIC) held a webinar on Feb. 7, “Industry Discussion on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Identifying Reliable Sources and Factors for Informed Decision-Making.” Here are some takeaways.
Contracts: The ‘Quiet Enjoyment’ Clause May Disappoint
If you want to protect your meeting from a noisy neighboring event, the typical contract language will not cover you. Here’s how to address that potential problem.