Staying up to date with the latest industry news and trends means reading a lot. To help you find the best of the game content as well as the hidden gems of the event blogosphere, we scoured the web and put together blogs that keep us on top of things.
Here are some of our favorite blogs that bring the best from our industry, as well as some amazing companies that have inspired us on our journey toward better meetings.
Event trends, news, and inspiration
With its exhaustive guides on all things events, the Event Manager Blog is the go-to place for all event professionals. Whether you’re looking for the latest trends or practical how-tos, Julius Solaris’ editorial team has it all. Julius is also a community-building pro. If you’re not a member of his 377k+ LinkedIn group yet, go grab a seat.
Who in the event world wouldn’t know Eventbrite? On its blog, it not only shares excellent tips focusing on event promotion and the use of social media but also likes to throw in some productivity hacks and fun articles only event profs can relate to.
3. PCMA Convene
This award-winning magazine by Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is our hidden gem in the events ecosystem. We love it for its educational, in-depth content, and fresh perspectives on some of the most interesting topics for event profs.
Written by event production professionals, this blog brings top tips and tricks on how to make AV work for you – not against you. But the scope of its articles is much broader. If you prefer to learn in the audio-visual format, check out the popular #EventIcons video talk show podcast where you can engage with some of the leading names in the events industry.
Skift is a media company that features news for the global travel industry. Its website has a whole section dedicated to the meetings and events industry and it also sends out a weekly newsletter called Meetings Innovation Report, which features disruptive strategies and updates on the future of meetings, conventions, and other events.
6. MPI Blog
The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) website is THE destination to find out what the industry is talking about. Run by the largest industry association worldwide, it brings comprehensive reports and event news on actual topics of event planning – including safety, accessible events, and the use of emerging technologies.
In Europe’s leading meetings industry magazine, you can find reviews and tips for hundreds of amazing venues and experiences in Central and Southeast Europe. Also, check out interviews with European meeting planners who are shaping the industry in this neck of the woods.
BizBash is an inspiration hub you can’t miss. It features hot ideas for any type of event you can imagine, plus industry news and tools for finding suppliers and venues. This rich site is run by a skilled team behind the CEO and founder David Adler.
The Bizzabo blog specializes in event marketing and event management. If you want to step up your promotion game and attract more attendees to your events, head over to arm yourself with some essential tools and strategies.
10. Social Tables
This is one of our most frequented sites for inspiration. The Social Tables team covers a wide variety of event planning topics, from venue tips to strategies on creating engaging and memorable events. There’s plenty to learn, just pick your topic.
Meeting design and interaction tips
11. Prezi Blog
If you’re interested in creating engaging presentations, the Prezi blog is a great source of inspiration. It provides ready-to-use templates and on-demand webinars designed to level up your presentation skills – both from the visual perspective as well as in the craft of conversational presenting.
12. Slido Blog
It’s always tricky to put yourself on a self-created list, but we went ahead with it this time. Since day one, we tried to capture and share practical tips for people looking to organize more interactive meetings and events. We publish fresh ideas on interactive session formats and presentations, as well as insights into the meetings world. Dive in for tips on how to design internal meetings that build trust and increase employee engagement.
Adrian Segar is a truly prolific writer with over 30 years of experience in designing and facilitating productive conferences. His blog offers lots of invaluable posts about conference design, facilitation, and peer conferences. If your sessions lack participation or excitement, this is exactly where you should look for advice.
14. Velvet Chainsaw
In this blog, years of experience have been put into the great content stream for meeting professionals. Jeff Hurt, Dave Lutz, and their team are skilled conference consultants who offer useful advice on how to make your conferences epic. With the blog’s second-biggest section dedicated to education and adult learning, you can be sure to find lots of insightful pieces there.
Leadership, culture, and meetings
Backed by research and written by leaders in their respective fields, Harvard Business Review (HBR) is the number one resource we consult when writing about culture and workplace topics. Its articles never miss the mark, whether you’re looking to become a better leader or a better team member.
Catalyst is a blog by one of America’s fastest-growing companies and venue networks. It offers great articles and the latest news on workspace design, culture, and meetings. If the future of work is your cup of coffee (or tea), this is a read that goes really well with it.
17. Slack Blog
For us, Slack is one of the best sources of inspiration in many areas of business. The same applies for their blog. Besides the tips & tricks on how to make the most of the tool and team collaboration, its Transformation category brings brilliant leadership lessons and advice from the prominent names in the business.
18. Atlassian Blog
Atlassian has a well-crafted collection of blogs on the topic of Teamwork and meetings. Best of all, the folks at Atlassian like to write stories from their own kitchen and have a good deal of lessons to share – which means lots of inspiration up for grabs.
This forward-thinking magazine by Adobe aims to help creatives build their dream careers. We recommend bookmarking the page for a regular dose of inspiring interviews, productivity hacks, and personal development tips.
20. Buffer Open
Apart from being social media gurus, the Buffer folks are all about transparency. Working as a fully remote company has taught them many lessons on internal communication and maintaining a strong company culture. They share everything they’ve learned on their Open blog and it’s a fabulous read.
21. HelpScout Blog
HelpScout is another great resource that talks about company culture and customer-oriented approach to business. In the Culture section of its blog, you can find excellent articles on remote work and inclusivity. Head over to grab some first-hand tips for your team.