How do you stay up-to-date on what's happening in the industry? Just as the meetings you plan are crucial for proving education and networking opportunities for your attendees, so are industry events just as important for meeting planners to attend. If you are looking for some new ideas, you’re in luck!
We turned to our panel of experts and asked them: What are the best industry events for a meeting planner to attend and why? You'll find a great list of events to attend as well as a new way of thinking about how to find fresh ideas.
Given the current state of the industry, you'll want to check and make sure these events are still scheduled. But whether you attend them this year or next, or perhaps as a remote attendee - they are worth your consideration.
Here are my “must attend” events:
-Winter: PCMA Convening Leaders (excellent education and networking – nice event design experimentation)
-Winter: Exhibitor Live (interesting information from the exhibitors’ perspective)
-Spring: IMEX Frankfurt (I usually attend every 2-3 years) Great international contacts.
-Summer: MPI WEC (great education and networking)
-Fall: IMEX America (largest event industry event in North America. Very large and interesting exhibit hall)
-Fall: ICCA Annual Meeting (the best international exposure to high-level decision makers)
-Fall: IBTM Barcelona (excellent international exhibition, good ed content, good technology vendors, great location)
-Fall: IAEE Expo Expo (one of the best in terms of events and exhibitions technology)
Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS - an international speaker, consultant and writer, and a 2018 inductee into the Event Industry Council's Hall of Leaders. Follow him on Twitter - corbinball
Go West, in Edmonton Canada. I spoke there this past year, and it's a seriously well-run event, as a speaker, as an attendee and as an event professional. I highly recommend it. Also, don't just go to industry events. Go to Coachella. Go to TechCrunch Disrupt. Go to CES. Go to the shows that aren't just in your comfort zone and aren't directly tied to the events industry. That will help you pull different ideas in and think differently about your events.
-Will Curran, Founder of Endless Events & host of the events industry podcast, #EventIcons. Follow him on Twitter -@ItsWillCurran
International Association of Exhibitions and Events (for trade show industry), Corporate Event Marketing Association (corporate meetings), and the Society of Independent Show Organizers (for-profit trade show organizers). All three encompass the world I live in every day and have great member benefits and meetings.
- Rachel Wimberly, President of Tarsus Media. Follow her on Twitter- @TSNN_Rachel
How can MeetingPlay help?
Between industry conferences and all the great advice being shared by so many industry experts, we know it can become overwhelming to keep track of it all. To help, you'll find a few things on our blog including monthly recaps of all the important posts we had seen the month prior as well our Ask The Experts series, where we talk to some of the top minds in the event industry to discuss your most important questions.
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