4 Great Meeting Planner Online Discussion Groups

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There are many online discussion groups for meeting planners, some better than others.

The best source for referrals is our peers, and meeting planners can turn to these online discussion groups for suggestions and referrals.

Whether you need a travel director in France or a rooftop venue in New York City, the meeting planners in these online discussion groups are there to assist you.


The granddaddy of all online discussion groups, the MeCo (short for Meetings Community) Google group has been dishing out advice since its founding in 2006. It delivers on its goal of educating and fostering the sharing of information on issues that affect the meetings industry with knowledgeable moderators and robust conversation and is the first place to look online if you need a recommendation.

MPI Forum

Meeting Professionals International’s members have access to a helpful online forum for referrals on everything from signage to space to speakers. It is not commercial, it is useful, and (like most forums) its digest emailed to members is a quick way of keeping up with the topics.

PCMA Catalyst

The PCMA Catalyst is a portal for members that includes a discussion group, job listings and articles all in one place, or as PCMA describes it: “the perfect place for knowledge exchange, content curation, idea incubation and professional networking.”

LinkedIn Groups

There are literally dozens of meeting industry LinkedIn groups, with some (like EventPeeps) counting members in the hundreds of thousands and others tied to industry associations, such as FICP. Since many are public, there is some blatant commercialism you must put up with to get to the useful posts. Here’s info on a few.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.