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. (If you’ve got a recommendation for an additional resource to add, please comment at the end of the post.)
In addition to the twice-yearly Plan Your Meetings print edition (also available online), don’t forget our regularly updated blog, which is completely free and offers hundreds of original posts across all aspects of the meeting and event planning profession. Recent posts include “Planning in the Eye of the Storm” and “Live Music Booking Best Practices.”
Of specific evergreen note: “The 33 Skills Meeting and Event Planners Need to Succeed” provides a rundown of the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS) categories and then links off from each listing to an original PYM post with relevant education.
MPI’s regularly updated blog is more vibrant and accessible than ever thanks to the association’s recent website redesign. There, you’ll find original content by industry journalists and subject matter experts (including PYM’s former Chief Storyteller Kristi Casey Sanders). Recent posts on the MPI blog include “The Role of Digital in Event Strategy” and “Women in Leadership: 6 Ways to Rock Your Next Job Interview.”
MPI’s award-winning monthly magazine, The Meeting Professional, is available online in a custom flipbook format for members of the association at every level. However, much of each issue is published on a rolling basis, where it is available free of charge.
10 More Free Mags
In addition to the magazine content available via Plan Your Meetings and The Meeting Professional, check out the following magazines as they all offer free access/subscriptions (print and/or digital) to industry professionals—just fill out a web form and you’ll begin receiving these magazines for free. You’ll also find free live and on-demand webinars (and e-newsletters) on many of these websites.
Skift – Although the focus here envelops everything that qualifies as “the future of travel,” Skift does regularly have great meeting- and event-specific articles and research. A few notable examples branded as meetings innovation reports: “Timing is Everything When It Comes to Event Planning,” “Chat is the Future of Everything at Events” and “Appealing to Gen Z and Everyone Else.”