Amid continuing uncertainty around planning events during COVID’s wild ride, we turned to professional futurists to help put us on the path to envisioning business events going forward. Here’s a shorthand guide to thinking like a futurist.
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How This Groundbreaking Event Professional Remains an Eternal Learner
Yolanda Simmons Battle, senior manager, meetings at AHIMA and one of this year’s PCMA Groundbreaker Award nominees, shares how she has found success through asking questions, listening, and bringing her own seat to the table so others can follow.
Equestrian Equity at Eventing Association Annual Meeting
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) returned to an in-person annual convention in 2021 for the first time since the start of the pandemic, and diversity, equity, and inclusion was on the agenda.
7 Hub Spaces to Meet Your Attendees’ Needs
For years, high-tech conferences have designed innovative hub spaces to engage and nurture their top customers. While some of the elements in these areas can be costly to implement, creating a town-square-like experience can help bring your participants together and grow your community.
Thinking Creatively When Planning a Virtual Event
How can organizations design an engaging digital event at a time when many attendees crave in-person interactions? The European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC) delivered that and more.
Lessons Learned Doing Business During a Pandemic
Akshar Patel, vice president of conventions for AAHOA and one of this year’s PCMA Groundbreaker Award nominees, shares how COVID-19 has allowed him to “learn and sharpen” his skillset as an events executive.
Meetings and Your Brain: How to Turn a Digital Audience Into a Community
Facilitator Priya Parker explains why establishing a sense of togetherness for participants should be the first step for online and hybrid events.
How Long Beach, CVB Came Together to Help Migrant Children
‘Honestly, They’re Kids,’ Said CEO of Long Beach Area’s CVB on why the community rallied to soften the experience for migrant children living in a temporary shelter.
Planner Reinvents Herself as Event Tech Account Exec
After more than a decade spent working in event organizing roles, Megan Martin recently made the leap to the supplier side of the industry by joining event software company JUNO.