Top 10 Resources Every Meeting & Event Planner Needs in 2021

Event Management

December 2, 2020

Julia Sousa

Top 10 Resources Every Meeting & Event Planner Needs in 2021

2020 has been a challenging year, but it was also a time to learn and experiment. As we approach the new year, what are the learnings we will apply to improve the way we manage events during a time of uncertainty? Our team at Attendease got together to share our favorite resources for event professionals, so you can learn the latest trends and ideas from industry experts. 

This list was part of a larger guide that we launched: 10 Survival Skills for Corporate Meeting & Event Planners in 2021. You can get the full guide here. Let us know in the comments which resources are your favourites!

 

Guide to Implementing Virtual Events, by Attendease

Having the right technology stack is essential to run a successful virtual conference. Download this implementation guide to learn the pieces that you need to run your multi-session online event.

 

The Virtual Event Tech Playbook, by Event Manager Blog

As the editorial team at EventMB puts it, this playbook is a Virtual Event Tech Masterclass with 20 critical questions, 20 industry experts, 20 insights for virtual event success. Here you will find the latest industry updates, as well as best practices to run successful virtual experiences. 

 

Techsytalk Membership Community

For a small investment of USD$149 per year, you can gain access to all the content curated and produced by event industry influencer, Liz Caruso, including access to their global Techsytalk conference, access to recordings from previous events, year-round access to the community, monthly educational content, and more!

 

Book: Intentional Event Design, by Tahira Endean

Event Design has never been more relevant. As we saw the entire industry quickly pivot from in-person to online events, we learned that successful events are not as much about the technology you use, as it is about the purpose and intention behind it. And this is what Tahira Endean talks about in her book, Intentional event Design.

 

Meeting Minds Podcast

Meeting Minds Podcast has over 130 episodes recorded, sharing the ins and outs of meeting and event planning. The best part is hearing it directly from their guests, who are event industry leaders and innovators. We selected two episodes to get your brain going: 11 Virtual events Mistakes and Virtual events 101

 

Illuminate Project Podcast

Illuminate Project Podcast is produced by Switch Co. They are passionate about creativity and questioning the status quo and their goal is to help people and organizations in the meetings industry to uncover their creative spark and push themselves to think differently. 

 

Event Pros Gather Facebook Group, by BizBash

If you are looking for a community of planners where you can share, engage, ask questions, and support each other: look no further. The BizBash Facebook Group have over 18k event professionals and is a community like no other. 

 

Event Planning & Management Association LinkedIn Group

Another great virtual space to mingle with like-minded event professionals is the Event Planning & Management Association LinkedIn Group. with over 80k members, this is a great place to hear the lates and to connect with peers.

 

Virtual Event & Meeting Management Certificate Program, by MPI

At a time that we are bombarded with so much content, investing in a course could be a good way to learn the best practices in an orderly manner. Joining the MPI Virtual Event & Meetings Management Certificate is a great way to keep up to date, be relevant, and brush up on your skills. It could also be a shiny certification on your resume, since virtual events are here to stay. 

2021 Convening Leaders Conference, by PCMA

Lastly, but not least, one more event to attend and hear from industry experts as we enter the new year. The program is based on 3 core theme areas — Participant Engagement, Business Models and Reskilling — developed from PCMA’s ongoing campaign of research, reskilling, event experimentation and education.

 

Conclusion

No matter your learning style, we have something for you! From guides, blogs, groups, communities, podcasts, courses, and events — we hope that this list will provide you with some guidance as you enter 2021. This list was part of a larger guide that we launched in December 2020: 10 Survival Skills for Corporate Meeting & Event Planners in 2021. You can get the full guide here. And don’t forget to tell us in the comments which resources are your favourites + share this list with your peers!

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