Now that in-person events have resumed, organizers can reignite among participants the sense that a common purpose bonds them together. Here’s how, according to experts across different fields.
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For the Ages
Here’s to the one thing that unites all generations of event attendees — feeling like we belong.
Think and Think Again
Why holding fast to your opinions may be overrated.
Networking 101: Be a Croissant, Not a Bagel
Open body language is the key to successfully broadening your network, says networking expert Robbie Samuels. All it takes is a simple switch of your stance.
Designing Events That Build Communities
“Belonging is the thing that matters most,” writes designer Susie Wise in her book, Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities. Here’s a look at her “moments of belonging” and how to weave them into the fabric of events.
The Colorful Story Behind The Pink Retreat
A love for the rich, vivid colors of Lilly Pulitzer clothing inspired one fan to create an in-person event for her fellow enthusiasts. They now meet annually in Palm Beach, Florida.
Understanding ‘How Belonging Can Be Built’
Event personalization helps create inclusive spaces built for everybody where ‘all roads lead to belonging,’ says Naomi Clare Crellin, founder of Storycraft Lab.
How to Help Event Attendees Feel Like They Belong
Psychologist Geoffrey L. Cohen, author of Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides, offers insight into why belonging is vital to our wellbeing — and how to cultivate it at events so attendees keep coming back.
The Neu Project: Creating Neuroinclusive Events
The Neu Project community is focused on creating neuroinclusive events. And its leader, Megan Henshall, is convinced that it can benefit every single person who walks through the door of your event.
How to Cultivate Connection at Events
A networking expert and a meeting organizer share their ideas about networking at events, and how to make everyone comfortable while doing it.
Resilience Is Not Just an Inside Job
In her Convening Leaders 2023 session, Arianna Galligher will give participants tips for building their own resilience and on how to support their colleagues.
How Diversity in Design Collaborative is Working to Bring Equity to Design Industry
Black designers are coming together to address the lack of Black representation in the design industry, and the events industry is part of that effort.
Top Social Media Channels for Event Organizers
Sara Fellows, director of social media at mdg, shares her thoughts on the top social media sites to promote events for Convene’s annual Events Industry Forecast.
How to Open — and Close — a Meeting
In our latest Meetings and Your Brain column, we look at why the first and last 5 percent of a meeting “really matters,” as conflict resolution facilitator Priya Parker says.
Allyson Felix: Standing up for What You Believe in
Olympian and PCMA Convening Leaders Main Stage speaker Allyson Felix had the courage to chart a course that took her beyond her comfort zone — and is making an impact that goes far beyond her record-breaking personal successes.
Will New Salary Transparency Laws Help Solve Pay Inequity?
New legislation around the country requires employers to disclose compensation at various points in the hiring process, which is prompting employers to take bigger steps in what many say is a crucial strategy in achieving greater pay equity for all.
The Reusable Bag and Bottle Question
Do conferences really need more bags and water bottles? Convene readers are divided on the topic, as a recent LinkedIn thread about Deputy Editor Barbara Palmer’s write-up on the topic indicates.
Visionary Award Winner Darren Mendola on the Future of Hybrid Meetings
Darren Mendola, CMP, DES, vice president of global conferences and events at the Alzheimer’s Association, was named Event Designer of the Year at the 2022 PCMA Visionary Awards for turning things ‘upside down to accommodate a new world.’
Four Ways to Level up Your Event Potential
If you want people to travel to your in-person event, you must give them a compelling reason to come. Aim to make them active participants in the program and its outcomes.
Envisioning Change Through ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’
A new format debuted at Convening EMEA in Vienna this fall to help participants have meaningful discussions on complex challenges in a trusting environment.
All-Purpose Marketing for the International Baking Industry Exposition
A lot has changed since the last International Baking Industry Exposition was held in 2019. Here’s how the 2022 edition took a fresh approach to marketing.
‘There’s no Obstacle Too Big’ to Derail Association’s Annual Event
CEO of the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association reflects on what she learned from her experience navigating a double whammy — a COVID surge and hurricane — happening at the same time as her annual in-person conference.
PCMA Visionary Award Winner Ready to Reinvent Conference Again
Mary Pat Cornett, CAE, CMP, was awarded Digital Experience Strategist of the Year at the 2022 PCMA Visionary Awards after leading the American Society for Nutrition to success with new digital events in response to COVID-19. She’s now planning a return to an in-person event.
Adam Grant: ‘Why Do We Have to Worship at the Altar of Hustle?’
Convening Leaders 2023 opening day keynoter and organizational psychologist Adam Grant gets to the bottom of the Great Resignation and quiet quitting — and disputes generational explanations.