January/February 2024

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Cultivating Better Listening at Events

Mastering the ‘language of listening’ — sometimes by simply not talking — improves our personal and professional relationships.

BY Michelle Russell February 9, 2024

As the World Changes, so Does the Business Events Industry

We’re not the same as we were before the pandemic — we’re better equipped to handle the challenges we’re facing.

BY Sherrif Karamat February 9, 2024

Scientific Discovery and Diversity at ABRCMS

The hybrid Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists draws culturally diverse attendees from wide-ranging scientific disciplines for a “remarkable experience.”

BY Casey Gale February 5, 2024

Digging Deeper: Inside EAA’s Conference on Archaeology and History

How the European Association of Archaeologists’ annual conference in Belfast wove Northern Ireland’s rich history — and its current residents — into its program.

BY Michelle Russell February 5, 2024

How to Unlock the Power of Listening at Your Events

The president of the International Listening Association shares how to design events that foster listening.

BY Michelle Russell February 2, 2024

Enhance Your Event Experiences by Shutting Up and Listening

In order to listen, you first have to be quiet — or shut the eff up, as bestselling author Dan Lyon puts it in his recently published book.

BY Michelle Russell February 2, 2024

Five Practical Tips for Successful Conversations

If you talk less, you’ll get more from your interactions with others, says author Dan Lyons. Here’s his advice on how to shut up and listen.

BY Michelle Russell February 2, 2024

The Hard Work of Intentional Listening

Intentional listening is the key to effective and meaningful communication at work and home, but it seems to be a rare practice. Listening coach and educator Sandra Bodin-Lerner wants to change that.

BY Michelle Russell February 2, 2024

Brooke Eby’s Inspiring ALS Journey: Leveraging Social Media, Humor, Events, and Company Support

When she was diagnosed with ALS, Brooke Eby turned to social media and humor to bring awareness and research funding to the disease. Her employer gave her a much bigger platform — including the Dreamforce conference stage — to share her message.

BY Barbara Palmer January 29, 2024

Spotlighting Trust in 2024

After reading a Convene online story about trends, a reader pledges to cut through the social media noise and demand trustworthiness of others — and herself — in the coming year.

BY Convene Editors January 24, 2024

Why Organizations Are Choosing to Meet in Controversial Destinations

Instead of canceling their events at — or boycotting — politically polarized host destinations, organizations are choosing to show up and speak up, in a show of support.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 22, 2024

Clear Roles, Effective Collaboration With the RACI Matrix

Here’s a simple project-management tool that can help streamline internal communications — and clarify accountability — for annual meetings. 

BY Dave Lutz, CMP January 22, 2024

Indigenous Artwork Gives Visual Identity to HIV Science Conference

When the International AIDS Society commissioned a local artist for its conference logo, it did more than honor the Indigenous population of host city Brisbane. It helped raise awareness of that community’s challenges with HIV. 

BY Curt Wagner January 22, 2024

5 Small Event Tweaks to Create Big Returns

These easy-to-implement ideas will make your attendees’ experience more personalized and highly engaging.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes January 19, 2024

Why Curiosity and Attention Are the Secrets to Coaching

Author, coaching expert, leading management thinker — and Convening EMEA 2024 keynote speaker — Michael Bungay Stanier reveals the transformative power of asking the right questions. And then, really listening to the answers.

BY Barbara Palmer January 12, 2024

5 Trends You Need to Focus on in 2024

Event professionals have an exciting opportunity to change how they do things. Don’t let this moment pass you by.

BY Beth Surmont December 27, 2023

A Storied Career in Association Management and Events

After logging more than four decades at association management company Smithbucklin — and serving in a number of voluntary leadership roles in the association and events industries — Michael Payne will retire at the end of this month. Convene asked him to reflect on his remarkable career.

BY Michelle Russell December 11, 2023

The Myth of Learning Styles — and Why You Should Still Design for Them

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant explains what we’ve gotten wrong about learning styles — and how thinking about them differently can benefit our audiences.

BY Barbara Palmer December 11, 2023

Five Ways Influencer Marketing Is a Game-Changer for Events

Savvy event marketers know that influencer marketing is a cost-effective way to increase awareness and, ultimately, attendance at trade shows and conferences.

BY Sara Fellows December 4, 2023

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