Readers' Forum Archive

5 Essential Rules for Events From Yifat Oren

Here’s how to execute impactful events and maintain positive relationships—with minimum stress.

Readers' Forum Posted August 17, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

A New York Music Industry Vet Shares Her Favorite Places

Marcie Allen, the president and founder of MAC Presents, shares her favorite places.

Readers' Forum Posted August 4, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

What’s Your Dream Event Venue?

From the Palace of Versailles to the largest indoor rainforest, planners share their dream locations for events.

Readers' Forum Posted July 19, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

Past BizBash innovators share the books, artwork, cities, and more that spark their creativity.

Readers' Forum Posted June 2, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

8 Event Pros Share Their Favorite Catering Items

Past BizBash innovators discuss the most innovative meals, cocktails, and desserts they have ever eaten.

Readers' Forum Posted June 1, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

What Does Innovation Mean to You?

Past BizBash innovators share their thoughts on the ever-evolving topic.

Readers' Forum Posted May 26, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

What Wedding Trend Is Driving You Crazy?

From bacon overload to unused lawn games, here are the wedding trends planners want to see go.

Readers' Forum Posted April 13, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

What Are Your Favorite Movies About Event Planners?

As the Tribeca Film Festival gears up to open with a documentary on event planning, planners share their favorite industry films, which include Father of the Bride, The Wedding Planner, and Miracle on 34th Street.

Readers' Forum Posted April 8, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

7 Rules for Events From Designer Bryan Rafanelli

The renowned event planner and designer shares his tips for finding inspiration, managing a team, and dealing with high-profile clients.

Readers' Forum Posted March 21, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

2016 Preview: Event Pros On the Biggest Priorities for the New Year

From safety to environmentally conscious efforts, industry professionals share what they are focusing on for 2016.

Readers' Forum Posted December 21, 2015, 7:00 AM EST

2016 Preview: 7 Tips for the New Year From Top Event Pros

Prominent event and meeting professionals share their advice on everything from security and social media to themes and inspiration.

Readers' Forum Posted December 16, 2015, 7:00 AM EST

What’s the Biggest Lesson You Learned in 2015?

Event pros share their top takeaways after another busy year of work in the industry.

Readers' Forum Posted December 14, 2015, 7:00 AM EST

9 Event Pros on Their Biggest Weather-Related Disasters

Even the best contingency plans get derailed by extreme conditions.

Readers' Forum Posted November 9, 2015, 7:00 AM EST

What's the Wackiest Dress Code You've Ever Seen?

From motorcycle gang attire to an "Anything but Clothes" theme, event planners share the craziest dress codes they've seen—or dreamed up.

Readers' Forum Posted October 19, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

10 Event Rules From New York Comic Con Planner Lance Fensterman

The man behind C2E2, BookCon, and this week's 150,000-attendee New York Comic Con shares how he takes care of his team, keeps his guests informed, and remembers to have fun.

Readers' Forum Posted October 5, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

The Planner Behind the Pope's Philadelphia Visit Shares Her Favorite Venues

Donna Crilley Farrell, the executive director of the World Meeting of Families, shares her favorite local spots for outdoor gatherings, entertaining guests and V.I.P.s, and getting inspired.

Readers' Forum Posted September 17, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

Frequent Flyer Event Pros on Their Travel Pet Peeves—and Work-Arounds

Industry professionals have developed smart, strategic solutions for the productivity killers that can cost valuable time and energy on the road.

Readers' Forum Posted September 14, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

8 Event & Meeting Rules From Marketing Pro David Rich

The veteran event marketer shares his tips on developing event strategy and culture, stakeholder involvement, and the importance of interactive design.

Readers' Forum Posted September 8, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

A Former Super Bowl Host Committee Member Shares His Favorite Places

Evan Shaefer, the planner behind events at Tempe's Mill Avenue District, shares his favorite local spots for intimate meetings, live entertainment, and more.

Readers' Forum Posted July 20, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

Event Pros on Their Biggest Fears—and How They Avoid Disaster

Planners, producers, and other industry professionals share their event-day nightmares and the real-world solutions they implement as protection.

Readers' Forum Posted July 13, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

How to Create More Diversity at Events

Planners and industry professionals weigh in on the topic of diversity, why it's important, and how to foster it at events.

Readers' Forum Posted July 9, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

Event Veteran Tony Conway's 5 Biggest Pieces of Advice

The Atlanta-based event producer shares his tips on where to find ideas and motivation, and why teamwork is so important.

Readers' Forum Posted June 29, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

What's the Craziest Teambuilding Activity That You've Planned?

From shoe-decorating to robot-building, meeting planners share the activities that got employees talking.

Readers' Forum Posted June 1, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

The Creator of Maker Faire Shares Her Favorite Places

Sherry Huss, the co-creator of Maker Faire and vice president of Maker Media, discusses her favorite spots throughout the country to host intimate meetings, entertain sponsors, unplug from technology, and more.

Readers' Forum Posted May 7, 2015, 8:01 AM EDT

17 Quick Tips for Greener Events and Meetings

Earth day was April 22 this year, and BizBash marked the celebration of environmental awareness by asking readers—and editors—to share smart ideas for eco-friendly gatherings.

Readers' Forum Posted May 4, 2015, 1:16 PM EDT

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

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