Maria Lenhart is an award-winning writer and editor specializing in travel and event industry topics. A former senior editor at Meetings & Conventions and Meetings Today, her work has appeared in Skift, The Meeting Professional, BTN, Travel Market Report, AAA Traveler, Travel+Leisure and many other publications.
Twine Buys Glimpse to Supercharge Zoom Breakout Rooms
Software company twine, a specialized tool for networking, just announced its acquisition of Glimpse, part of the Zoom App Marketplace. This deal marks the launch of twine for Zoom, a tool that combines matchmaking software with Zoom Breakout Rooms.
Can Events Dependent on Volunteers for Help Survive Without Them?
As many associations report declining volunteer and membership levels, leaders say it’s time for organizations to rethink the way they manage volunteer programs and take steps to encourage more participation at meetings.
How Event Planners Are Tackling Staff Shortages
Staffing shortages, supply chain issues, rising costs and, of course, the ongoing pandemic are creating a perfect storm of challenges for event managers. Out of the storm may come more efficient approaches to event planning and respect for hospitality employees.
Top Event Tech Priorities and Pain Points for Planners in 2022
The past two years have been a roller coaster ride for event managers as they pivot toward virtual and hybrid strategies amid the twists and turns of a wildly unstable pandemic environment. Along the way, they’re dealing with a flood of new event technologies that often come with steep learning curves and inadequate support. Where’s […]
Rethinking Wellness Activities for Events of the Future
With the stresses caused by the ongoing pandemic, there’s a growing drive to make wellness a priority. Experts explain how to incorporate wellness activities into events and keep attendees energized, whether remote or in the room.
9 Tips for Designing Hybrid Events
Hybrid events come with many challenges. Keeping two different audiences engaged is the primary concern, but other priorities include repurposing content, managing time and catering to new attendee needs. Three event designers share their strategies for survival.
9 Tips for Designing Virtual Events
Designing a virtual event that keeps the audience from multitasking — or worse yet, logging off — takes careful forethought. In this article, experts share their top virtual event tips, such as avoiding static presentations and making attendees part of the action.
9 Tips for Designing In-Person Events
As in-person meetings resume after many months of virtual-only events, how can planners ensure that live gatherings are engaging and relevant to current audiences? Event experts share tips on dealing with challenges in the current environment.
How the Event Industry Is Meeting a Growing Mental Health Crisis
Meeting planning has always been a pressure-cooker of a job, but the challenges of the pandemic may be creating a mental health crisis for many event professionals. Getting mental health support is crucial, but where and how can event professionals get it?
Will Meeting Booking Platforms Ever Be as Automated as Travel Sites?
With time a precious and increasingly scarce commodity for event managers, a meeting booking platform can seem like a gift from the planning gods. What’s not to like about the efficiency of easily sourcing dozens of potential venues that meet specific criteria and sending out multiple RFPs — all from one handy source? But […]