Most meeting professional, sometime throughout the week, have the opportunity to take command of their immediate environment through a variety of procedures that are well known but unfortunately not put into practice as often as one might wish.
Here you can find articles and tutorials to help you in practically every aspect of meeting and event planning. These articles are written by our awesome PYM community members and industry experts.
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Discover scholarship opportunities, free online education, best practices and more in the latest, greatest PYM Professional Development Guide.
Redding offers planners new options, incentives
As reports continue to fill the meeting/event industry media and the social media posts of its members, in the wake of the record-breaking IMEX America last week, it’s worth examining the opportunities available to you through hosted buyer programs.
Plan fun, local, after-hours activities for your groups. These can lead to lasting connections. Here are six fall group activities.
Success is by no means a young person’s game. As we live longer, healthier, it’s clear that you can enjoy high achievement at any age. Here are some important considerations.
The #MeToo movement began in the U.S. but the fallout is global. It is time for our industry to review current policies, practices and procedures to ensure that best practices are identified and followed.
Not one of us had ever heard that it was prohibited or unethical. Trade show etiquette: Confessions of a self-proclaimed suitcaser.
Working with the media to publicize your event is easier than it seems—you just need to know some important rules.
It’s time for event professionals to reflect on their own professional development—and creativity is an important competency. Explore these 7 ways to flex your creative muscles.
Contract trends: What’s old may be new again. Recommendations for the changing contract negotiation landscape.
Getting the most bodies through the door at your next event will likely hinge on how well you did at creating genuine buzz. Here are four ways to achieve that and ensure there’s much anticipation for your next event.
Mastodon is about people connecting with people, it’s not a business or marketing thing. But it still has clear possibilities to aid meeting and event communities.
When you are clear about why your group needs to meet and what you want to accomplish together, engagement is natural. Sadly, many meetings lack this clarity. The good news: Every meeting can be as focused, compelling and engaging as the high-stakes meetings listed above when you follow these five steps.
Strategic meetings management (SMM) is, without a doubt, important, yet too often internal clients and stakeholders hinder SMM implementation.
It’s no secret that the economy affects the events industry. When event budgets are slashed, event attendance drops, attendees are less willing or able to travel, and those attendees who do show up feel the effects of the economy. Even in good economic conditions, exhibitors are being forced to scrutinize every detail to prove the […]
Meeting and event professionals can no longer wholly rely on satisfaction measurements to justify spend, and as they seek to determine the true business value that their meetings drive, they are finding the added benefit of heightened roles within their organizations.
Tips to help attendees justify coming to your meeting.
Thousands of grants and other funding sources are available each year in the United States alone from a variety of sources. This is an overview of management and compliance issues related to the grant/funding process.
Here are some tech-based productivity options that you may have overlooked or not previously considered—and better yet, the functionality of these items are useful beyond on-site management, they can all be incorporated into your daily job to enhance productivity and/or just make life easier.
There is an incredible supply of scholarships to be had thanks to generous donations from your planner peers, industry suppliers and professional associations.
In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority nations as constitutional. As such, it’s an important time to explore a prior travel ban for travelers to the U.S. and how it impacted significant meetings and, arguably, may have hindered important dialogue in the field of HIV/AIDS research.
Building buy-in and more importantly, meeting the expectations of your stakeholders is an extremely delicate balancing act.
Taking your contingency plans to the next step
When you’re using a DIY approach to creating video content, it’s important to master the basics. It can be a steep learning curve, and I’m still learning, but here are important lessons I’ve learned so far.
The brand new digital-only Plan Your Meetings Professional Development Guide, we’ve compiled extensive resources for growth in your career, with an emphasis on free or low-cost opportunities.
Degree vs. certification–what’s best for you?
Advice for third-party planners as hotel chains cut commission rates.
By coordinating energizing group activities to facilitate connections, or incorporating the scenic outdoors to create a memorable event, planners are using distinctive experiences to ensure the success of their meetings and create a lasting impact for their attendees.
The booking window for your event may be last-minute, but you don’t have to lose your cool. Here are some tips for staying on top of the work.
April 12, 2018, is Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), a dedicated date to focus on and promote the meeting and event industry and enhance your planning skills through free or low-cost professional education.
Accelerate your career and professional development by learning to stretch your thought leadership skills.
Delivering meetings that engage employees doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are six ideas for effective all-hands meetings designed to engage your employees.
No social media platform remains static. It’s important to keep abreast of changes and adjust how you use each channel.
From order takers to trusted advisors: How to make your in-house event team more valuable to your clients.
Here, we explore five tips for speaking confidently and persuasively with undecided stakeholders to help you realize your vision.
Establishing your core values sets the expectation for your tribe. Your values hold no value until they become more than words. It’s up to you, as a leader, to make that happen for everyone—employees, regular customers and even yourself.
Questions speakers should ask planners–if they don’t then planners should address these points in advance.
2018 culinary trends showcase ethnic cuisine and fun
Tips for creating memorable events by focusing on the peak and an exceptional conclusion.
Sometimes just doing a good job isn’t good enough. If there’s one lesson meeting planners have learned in recent years, it’s that putting together a meeting or an event can have a positive or negative impact on the client’s organization, its employees and the surrounding community. By staying focused on designing the meeting to […]
Many busy meeting professionals may work more in exchange for less sleep, but doing so is dangerous gamble.
Recommendations for planners to improve the effectiveness of conferences.
There’s a great deal of free content online from industry publications and blogs—even more if you venture onto the offerings shared via social media. Following is a bookmark-worthy page for no-cost industry media online and in print.
The effects of meeting space design and tactics for implementation.
New travel advisory system launched for U.S. travelers
If you really want to make sure that participants never return to one of your events, here is what to do.
Two excellent sources for online professional development that provides continuing education credits and/or specialized certification.
Improve your meeting outcomes with this deep dive into the psychological research surrounding well-being in the workplace and meeting efficiency.
Strengthening attendee ROI with take-home education aids, such as books or audio recordings from speakers.
Free education and events as well as scholarships and more are some of the real options for professional growth in the latest issue of Plan Your Meetings!
Christmas event décor ideas using new tech
3D projection mapping has the power to transform environments and event experiences. Check out these great examples from Montreal.
All-too-common reasons speakers mess up
If you’re growing your professional education while on a budget, hosted-buyer programs may be just the kind of initiative you need.
Recommendations for incorporating shopping centers into your meeting and event schedules.
Our meetings should be considerate of people with food allergies—because it’s the right thing to do and because of the growing risk of liability for failing to do so.
When a recruiter comes knocking, this is the time to at least open your mind to new possibilities—even if you don’t plan on leaving your current position.
Re-evaluating two industry practices: asking for RFPs with detailed creative briefs and asking speakers and trainers to work for free “to gain exposure.”
A speaker’s perspective: Working with a good meeting planner versus not
Taking weather for chance during your event is risky. Having accurate, real-time lightning weather information is critical to ensure attendee safety and event success.
This is a letter I’ve wanted to write to you, but never have gotten around to doing. Now that I’ve written it, I might not send it. I’m not very visible to you for most of the year; you only see me at the annual meeting and perhaps a couple of quarterly meetings. I’m a meeting professional with your trade association, working year-round to ensure that your time and monetary investment in being a member pays off for you.
Last week saw headlines about the destruction and flooding due to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the monsoons in Mumbai. These events are an important reminder for event planners that disaster can strike anywhere and at any time.
Update from Gabe Garza, president of the MPI Houston Area Chapter, in the midst of Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flood.
Exploring the challenges planners face when seeking to include live music in an event’s schedule and the state of the festival scene in the U.S.
Get outdoors for easy and fun ways to engage your group and create a setting that builds lasting connections.