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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

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

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