As noted in a previous post here, 29 Top Event Industry Influencers to Follow, the event industry attracts a special breed of people. Success as an event professional requires one to be imaginative yet practical, strategic but also detail-oriented. You have to love being around people, but also comfortable working with data (or at least working with people who work with data—and speaking their language).
The best events are memorable for attendees and valuable for the organizer, with a minimal number of figurative fires to fight (and hopefully no literal ones!). It's not an easy job.
The people who become influencers possess not only those skills but also exceptional abilities to connect, explain, and inspire. They don't merely spot trends but shape them. And they consistently develop content that gets consumed, used, and shared by event professionals.
Here are 20 more of the smartest, most engaging event industry influencers—bloggers, planners, editors, marketers, and consultants—well worth following on Twitter and elsewhere online.
- Liz King (@lizkingevents)
The CEO of Liz King Events, Liz is "an event planning superhero by day, and closeted tech geek and introvert by night" per LinkedIn. She organizes and hosts host social media/technology-integrated events that help attendees interact more effectively, as well as blogging and speaking about the integration of technology and events.
- Pat Ahaesy (@pnv123)
Often quoted in event industry publications, Pat Ahaesy, CMP, CSEP, is president of P&V Enterprises. She has over 25 years of experience planning and implementing corporate and non-profit conferences and special events, as well as incentive programs.
- Samuel Jay Smith (@samueljsmith)
Sam is the founder of SocialPoint, a developer of interactive audience engagement software (games, surveys, voting, social media walls) for events. He's been honored with an Innovation Award from RSVP MN Magazine, and was named to the BizBash magazine list of Most Innovative Event Professionals.
4. James Morgan (@JamesMorganPhD)
James is the founder of James Morgan Associates, Eventtech Lab (@eventtechlab), and Shared Experience (@sharedXP), where he is able to leverage his experience and expertise in the engagement economy. He is also a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster.
5. William Thomson (@williamevents)
William does it all as an event consultant, meeting designer, and blogger at Gallus Events. He is also a past curator of Tech Fest Europe’s first Event Technology Conference and Exhibition.
6. Stefania ContiVecchi (@contivecchi)
Not only an internationally accredited speaker, Stefania is also the founder and CEO of Eventagist and eventprofs.education. Focusing on new technologies and creative marketing strategies, she specializes in hybrid meetings, social media, and mobile tools utilized by event organizers.
7. Paul Allott (@Paul_Allott)
8. Elouise Mugridge (@ElouiseEIN)
Elouise is currently the key account holder at Event Industry News. With her strong social media presence, she shares insights on the up-and-coming trends and happenings you should be up to date on.
9. Jenni Toothill (@ToothillJen)
As an account manager at Sterling Event Group, working with clients to use creative technical production to bring events to life. Her feed is full of fun trends and event inspiration!
10. Naomi Tucker (@Naotuck)
Naomi is a MPI Wisconsin Past-President, a recipient of the Meeting Planner of the Year Award, the Industry Advocate Organizational Award, and the Rising Star Award. She’s been in the industry for over 20 years, and has spent her time creating engaging experiences for organizations.
11. Erin Mills (@TheErinMills)
Erin is currently the COO of the michael alan group, where they work to find new and exciting formats to connect brands, including Mountain Dew, Hotweels, and Comedy Central, with their target audience.
12. Irina Graf (@themiceblog)
Irina is a full-time international blogger, sharing her insight, knowledge, and experience with the global corporate events community. She started the Mice blog in 2011, and has also founded the #EventPlannersTalk twitter chat and the #EventPlannersTalk live event series.
13. Jim Spellos (@jspellos)
Jim is the President of Meeting U, whose mission is to help people become more productive and comfortable with technology. He delivers over 150 seminars annually, and has been named one of the Meeting Industry’s trendsetters by Meetings Focus magazine.
14. Danalynne Menegus (@dwheeler11)
Danalynne has over 20 years of experience in high-tech/B2B software as a freelance writer, marketing consultant, and event strategist. She is currently the lead writer and editor for Corporate Event News, an resource for corporate event professionals.
15. Howard Givner (@hgivner)
With over 20 years of industry experience, Howard is a widely recognized expert and innovator in the field of special events, meetings and small business growth strategy. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Event Leadership Institute, and M.D. of Grass Roots Meetings and Events. He is an industry speaker, writes the In Business column for Event Solutions Magazine, and has been featured on The New York times, Wall Street Journal, and more.
16. Jim Wurm (@AskJimWurm)
In his 30 years of trade show marketing and management, Jim Wurm has worked on both the show management and exhibit services side of the business. He has launched and organized trade shows throughout the U.S. and in Europe, created and managed his own trade shows, and has served as Group Director of High Tech shows for Miller Freeman, Inc.
17. Thomas Hall (@TomHall1982)
Tom Hall is the Editor at Exhibition World, an online platform for international exhibition organisers, venues, and service suppliers across the world. The magazine tackles the big issues affecting the exhibition industry, featuring regular interviews with key global industry decision-makers, insight into the challenges, and hot topics facing the industry.
18. Cathy Breden (@cbreden)
Cathy is an EVP and COO at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. She currently does a lot of advocate work within the tradeshow world, and her feed focuses on diving down to the true value of an investment.
19. Michele Langer (@michelelanger)
Michele is a Group Marketing Director at Emerald Expositions, a business-to-business trade show operator. The shows she’s worked on include NY Now, Stationary, ACREPhilly, and ACRE Las Vegas.
20. Mark Granovsky (@G2Planet)
Mark founded G2Planet over 16 years ago. Throughout his career, he has initiated and managed customer and partner relationships with some of the most prestigious companies in the world, including Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Federal Express and auto manufacturers Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Mitsubishi.
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