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2015 Preview: What Will Be the Biggest Challenge for Events Next Year?

From burgeoning technology to ever-increasing audience expectations, readers share what they think the biggest challenge for events and meetings will be in 2015.

Readers' Forum Posted December 29, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

2015 Preview: Which Event Trends Will Sink and Which Will Swim?

Event pros weigh in on what they consider to be passing fads and what they think will be lasting strategies in the new year.

Readers' Forum Posted December 22, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

What Were the Hits and Misses of Meetings and Events in 2014?

Industry pros weigh in on the successes—and flops—that they'll remember from this past year in events.

Readers' Forum Posted December 18, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

Advanstar's President of Footwear Shares Her Favorite Places

Leslie Gallin, the woman behind the footwear shows at the fashion industry’s Magic, discusses her top spots around the world to go shoe shopping, host intimate meetings, unplug after a trade show, and more.

Readers' Forum Posted December 12, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

9 Event-Planning Rules From Design Exchange's Gillian Hoff

The event planner for Canada's national design museum shares her tips on scheduling, technology integration, and the power of "thank you."

Readers' Forum Posted November 17, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

Is Concern About Ebola Having an Impact on Events?

Event professionals share how the health issue is affecting their work and what they are hearing from attendees.

Readers' Forum Posted October 23, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

9 Event Tips From Designer Todd Fiscus

The Dallas-based event designer shares his rules for using color, working with vendors, and creating a "wow" moment.

Readers' Forum Posted October 6, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

When Is it Time to Update an Annual Event?

When attendance drops? When vendors ask for a change? Readers discuss how often they tweak their annual events.

Readers' Forum Posted September 10, 2014, 7:40 AM EDT

TIFF's Artistic Director Shares His Favorite Places

Cameron Bailey, the artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, discusses his top spots around the world to host a premiere party, to entertain sponsors, to get inspired, and more.

Readers' Forum Posted September 5, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

MTV V.M.A.s Most Memorable Moments: Event Planners Share Their Top Picks

From standout set design to provocative performances, planners reveal what has impressed them about the annual show.

Readers' Forum Posted August 22, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

9 Rules From Hollywood Event Planner Chad Hudson

The man behind the Twilight premiere parties and other large events shares his biggest tips for dealing with super fans, empowering a team, and more.

Readers' Forum Posted July 7, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

What's Your Dream Technology for Events?

From holographic projections to self-lighting candles, readers discuss the technology they wish existed for events and meetings.

Readers' Forum Posted June 11, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Why Event Pros Are More Socially Conscious About Their Decisions

Industry professionals say their jobs include management of public perception, related to values and ethics concerns circulating in the news.

Readers' Forum Posted May 15, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

What's In Your Event Emergency Kit?

From handheld mics and backup flash drives to granola bars and comfortable shoes, planners share their must-bring items for the day of an event.

Readers' Forum Posted April 25, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Celebrity Wedding Planner Sharon Sacks's 8 Rules for Events

The veteran event planner shares her biggest tips and tricks and explains why she never says "no."

Readers' Forum Posted April 24, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Shel Israel On the "Freaky Line" and Other Tech Trends

The consultant and author identifies the five technology forces that are converging to create a profound shift in the way we live and work.

Readers' Forum Posted March 31, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

The Director of South by Southwest Interactive Shares His Favorite Places

Hugh Forrest discusses his top spots to host meetings, see concerts, and entertain sponsors in Austin and beyond.

Readers' Forum Posted March 26, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

What's the Strangest Event Gift You've Ever Given?

From betta fish to apple peelers, planners share the most unique gifts they've ever given to event attendees.

Readers' Forum Posted February 19, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

The Craziest Swag Guests Have Ever Received

Frequent eventgoers share the strangest gifts—from a branded potato peeler and mini vacuums to a rock and a brick—they have ever been given.

Readers' Forum Posted February 17, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

How to Avoid Michael Bay's C.E.S. Flub at Your Next Event

Event professionals share tips on how they work with speakers to avoid potential embarrassments—and recover from them when all else fails.

Readers' Forum Posted January 14, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

2013 in 5 Words: Event Pros on the Best and Worst of the Year

From budgets to blackouts, industry professionals dished on the year's major pitfalls and soaring triumphs.

Readers' Forum Posted December 12, 2013, 6:45 AM EST

Art Basel in Miami Beach's Public Curator Shares His Favorite Venues

Nicholas Baume—who is also the director of the Public Art Fund in New York—discusses his favorite places to see art, to entertain visitors, and to go for a winter getaway.

Readers' Forum Posted December 2, 2013, 7:45 AM EST

Super Bowl Planner Frank Supovitz's 6 Rules for Events

The man behind the production of all major events for the N.F.L. shares his tips for keeping a level head on game day.

Readers' Forum Posted November 27, 2013, 7:30 AM EST

Marketing Expert Seth Godin Discusses What Makes an Event Worthwhile

The renowned blogger, author, speaker, and entrepreneur shares how to create authentic engagement and the value of taking risks.

Readers' Forum Posted November 11, 2013, 7:30 AM EST

What Event Themes Are Off-Limits?

From burlesque baby showers to fake weddings, event planners share the most jaw-dropping theme requests they've ever received.

Readers' Forum Posted November 6, 2013, 7:15 AM EST

How I Use Global Events To Empower Local Communities

Scott Givens’s productions—which include the London 2012 Olympic Games—are as meaningful to locals as they are to huge audiences around the world.

Readers' Forum Posted October 9, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

10 Event and Catering Rules From Chef Geoffrey Zakarian

The famed chef and restaurateur shares his biggest tips and tricks for menus, tablescapes, wine pairings, and more.

Readers' Forum Posted October 3, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Planner Amy Kule's Favorite Venues for Events

The parade's executive producer shares her favorite places to get inspired, to entertain out-of-towners, and to de-stress after the holidays.

Readers' Forum Posted October 1, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

What Lies Ahead for the Meeting and Event Industry?

Rohit Talwar, the C.E.O. of Fast Future Research, identifies the biggest shifts in industry thinking and the future of meeting technology, and what planners can do to keep up with the changes.

Readers' Forum Posted September 26, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

What Was Your Big Break?

Event planners tell BizBash how they got started in the industry.

Readers' Forum Posted September 16, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

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