May/June 2020

Cover illustration by Celyn Brazier

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Convene Salary Survey 2020: Before COVID-19

The picture of a vibrant, healthy business events industry portrayed by more than 600 respondents to this year’s survey before COVID-19 stands in stark relief to the uncertain reality many currently face. The results serve as a kind of optimistic benchmark: a level to return to as the industry resets and recovers.

BY Michelle Russell June 1, 2020

Keep Calm and Be Inclusive at Digital Events

The pandemic may have made it feel like the world is upside down, but that doesn’t mean conferences should go backwards in terms of equity and inclusion.

BY Barbara Palmer May 31, 2020

The L&D Conference: An Online Event Built for Learning

The program for the inaugural and online L&D Conference promises to “break some things” — including the traditional learning pathway for participants at face-to-face events.

BY Michelle Russell May 31, 2020

Connecting With the Great Beyond at the Afterlife Awareness Conference

The Afterlife Awareness Conference serves as a gathering place for people seeking evidence of life after death, connecting participants not only with each other, but also to those who have passed on.

BY Casey Gale May 31, 2020

Soft Skills for Hard Times

The coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to work on strategies that will help you prepare for success during the COVID-19 recovery process.

BY Michelle Russell May 31, 2020

Your Sensory Experience Is in the Mail

One way to enhance the experience of digital events comes from an old-school channel — mail some surprises to your attendees ahead of time.

BY Barbara Palmer David McMillin May 31, 2020

Solving for Digital Event Pricing and Exhibitions

The question of revenue generation is a sticking point for an industry used to exhibit sales and healthy registration fees at in-person events.

BY Barbara Palmer May 31, 2020

Students Getting ‘a Crash Course’ in Virtual Events

A George Washington University professor has found the pandemic-caused abundance of online events a boon for her students learning about event design.

BY Casey Gale May 31, 2020

The Rise of Digital Events

As face-to-face business events were canceled and postponed during the COVID-19 crisis, many rushed to move their content online. What comes next?

BY Sherrif Karamat May 30, 2020

4 Misconceptions About Virtual Events — and 4 New Habits to Develop Now

Christine Renaud, CEO of e180 and creator of the peer-to-peer learning platform Braindate, explains what it takes to create virtual learning experiences where humans connect, reset, and grow.

BY Christine Renaud May 22, 2020

PCMA COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Results, Survey 3

Insights from our latest survey — conducted May 4-7 — on how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing business events professionals’ roles and how they envision future events.

BY Convene Editors May 11, 2020

5 Fatal Flaws of Virtual Events — And How to Avoid Them

Risk-takers, innovators, and leaders are going all in on creating digital events that share key characteristics of face-to-face gatherings.

BY Don Neal May 1, 2020

How Events and Host Destinations Will Move Forward

Destinations International President & CEO Don Welsh talks candidly with Convene about the current state of CVBs, what recovery may look like, and the few silver linings he’s found during the pandemic.

BY Michelle Russell May 1, 2020

Experience Economy Expert Envisions Meetings in COVID-19 Times

How will face-to-face gatherings change in the aftermath of COVID-19? The coauthor of the seminal business book The Experience Economy shares some thoughts on what will resonate with attendees.

BY David McMillin April 27, 2020

5 Things Virtual Event Producers Can Learn From Jimmy Fallon

Convene watched “The Tonight Show: At Home Edition” for takeaways on how event producers can engage attendees at virtual events.

BY Barbara Palmer April 8, 2020

Recovery Realities: How the Business Events Industry Will Move Forward After COVID-19

The timing of recovery is going to be dependent on consumers and businesses having confidence that our cities and venues are safe again.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP April 2, 2020

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