Every meeting and event planner should have a good collection of resources and contacts under their belt to look to for inspiration and education. Here is our list of some of the industry’s best publications to get you started, or to add to your resource list.
Meetings Today is a magazine focused on event planning particularly for businesses, and it includes recommendations for everything from venue to speakers to menu based on common trends in the meeting industry. It has both online and print subscription options, and it is completely free.
Along with their online and print subscriptions available to qualified industry professionals, Successful Meetings has a number of additional resources on their website, including meeting strategies and case studies, to assist in planning a productive business meeting.
PCMA – CONVENE MAGAZINE
Published by PCMA since 1986, Convene is a publication leader in the meetings industry for educational content and professional development. In 2012, 2014, and 2016, a biennial study independently conducted by Watkins Research Group, meeting planners identified Convene as the top industry publication they rely on for content. This is a ‘must-have’ resource in your arsenal of go-to publications.
PLAN YOUR MEETINGS
This business stands out a bit from the rest; Plan Your Meetings does offer subscription publications, but it also is a networking and educational resource for meeting professionals. They provide guidelines and recommendations for planning your meetings, and offer live events to assist you in networking with vendors and your peers.
From events to webinars to online and print publications, Connect Corporate is a wealth of information for a meeting professional looking to stay on the cutting edge of trends in the meeting and events world.
Another great magazine for meeting professionals with both great print and online content, Smart Meetings is definitely a resource you will want to check out as you plan your next event.
While this publication has a broader audience (including wedding industry workers), it contains a wealth of information in both online and print format. Their blog also has quite a number of useful articles as well.
Biz Bash is a bit more topical for the business event community, and not only has both online and print resources, but also provides venue- and supplier-finding tools.
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