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Virtual Meetings Lower Costs … and Interaction

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“Intel’s annual meeting was entirely virtual. There was no in-person gathering site, the questions were submitted in advance, and management and the board made all of their presentations online.”

Reasons to leave a job

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My mentor Jerry Weinberg , consultant extraordinaire, has written an excellent list of reasons to leave a job. In my career, I have left jobs when: The job I was hired to do was finished. The job I was hired to do could not be finished.

Why meetings are more important than you think

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As 2017 begins, take a moment to think about meetings in a wider context. OK, a very wide context. “Who am I?” ” We’ve all wondered about some form of this question.

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Event design is not just visuals and logistics

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I love David Adler ‘s creativity, support, drive, ingenuity, and enthusiasm. The first time I met him—at the premier EventCamp in 2010 —he immediately purchased my just-published book, sight unseen.

9 Simple Steps to Master Social Media for Events

The Definitive Guide to Social Media Event Marketing

Four reasons why traditional conferences are obsolete

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Previously, I’ve described three major trends that make traditional conference formats obsolete: No longer knowing in advance what attendees want to learn ; The rise of online ; and. The massive change in how we learn what we need to know to do our jobs. Here’s a fourth.

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Save $100 on Adrian Segar’s first 1½ day participation techniques workshop!

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I’m excited! For over 25 years, I’ve been designing and facilitating Conferences That Work : successful, innovative, highly interactive, participant-driven events that leverage attendees’ expertise and experience to create just the conference that participants want and need.

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Guaranteeing audience engagement at your events

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Most people won’t ask questions at meetings. So how can you get authentic audience engagement at your events? In a thoughtful article “ Audience Engagement – at the Heart of Meetings “, Pádraic Gilligan writes: “…We all want audience engagement so why doesn’t it take place?…While

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Help Wanted—Venues for my participation techniques workshops!

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The success of my last request for workshop help has inspired me to ask for more.

A Practical Guide to Measuring Event Success

Can you measure event ROI? 3 in 5 marketers can't. Learn how with this free ROI model.

What’s the best learning model for conference sessions?

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We don’t usually think about the learning models we employ during conference sessions, and I believe our events would be better if we did. Conventional conferences assume a ready supply of experts to whom we listen while they cover the learning that has been advertised at their sessions.

The best way I know to radically improve your conferences

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This 3-minute video explains why registering for one of my upcoming participation techniques workshops could be the best career decision you’ll make this year. You’ll save $100 when you sign up for my Chicago workshop by September 9th , earn 16.00

Wisdom from International Facilitation Week!

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Gosh, how could I have overlooked International Facilitation Week ? Dontcha know, there’s a minute, hour, day, week, month, or year for everything these days.)

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I stop talking for five days. You won’t believe what happens next.

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I do something I’ve never done before. In August, I stopped talking for five days. I flew to New Mexico and drove four hours to Vallecitos , a remote ranch in the heart of the Carson National Forest. For five days, forty of us lived in silence, meditating in the Vipassana tradition. No talking, no reading, no writing, no phone, no internet. Before this experience, I had never been silent for even one day of my life. What happened next?

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Six Events At The Facilitator Olympics

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Did you know that facilitators have their own Olympics too? Here are six facilitator sports you may not be aware of…. Get the entire group to return on time from break. facilitatorolympics. — S**t FacilitatorsSay (@ShitFacilitator) May 7, 2016.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

The need for early detection of targeted attacks and data breaches is driving the expansion of new and existing SIEM deployments.

Associations exist only in the mind

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Embed from Getty Images. Professional, trade, and public interest associations are significant businesses. In the United States alone, associations employ more than 1.6 million people, and generate an annual payroll of ~$50 billion. Yet, ultimately, associations exist only in the mind. Stay with me, and I’ll tell you a story that may convince you of the value of this strange point of view.

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Facilitation, rapt attention, and love

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Why am I drawn to facilitation? I’ve often heard an uneasy inner voice that wonders if it’s about a desire or need for control and/or power. And yet I know through experience that when I am facilitating well, I have influence but no real control or power.

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Asking for help

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Sometimes, the best thing we can do is to ask for help. I had been fretting for several months on how to move ahead on convening and facilitating more of the participation technique workshops that are dear to my heart. What would the interest be? How would I market them?

Ask Me Anything About Conference Panels—Annotated Video

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I guarantee you will learn many new great ideas about conference panels from this Blab of my Thursday chat with the wonderful Kristin Arnold. I’ve annotated it so you can jump to the good bits. But it’s pretty much all good bits, so you may find yourself watching the whole thing. Scroll down the whole list; there are many advice gems , excellent stories and parables , folks show up at our homes , Kristin sings , etc.!)

Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

Replace “brain training” hype with something that works

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Driving home from the post office today, I finally heard one too many promotions for Lumosity brain training on my local NPR station.

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Who owns your event?

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Who owns an event? The usual answer to this question is “the event’s sponsors”, i.e. the people and organizations that decide to hold the event and contribute the resources needed for the event to occur.

The two must-do steps to hire the best professional help

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When you need professional help, how do you select the best professionals? Countless experts — such as accountants, plumbers, doctors, lawyers, and meeting planners — will take your money in exchange for advice or services.

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Should presenter contracts include a no brown M&Ms rider?

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Van Halen ‘s 1982 World Tour performance contract contained a provision calling for them to be provided backstage with a bowl of M&Ms from which all the brown candies had been removed.

Use pair share to quickly improve your conference sessions

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In less than three minutes, you can improve almost any conference session with pair share. The technique is simple: after pairing up participants and providing a short period for individual thinking about an appropriate topic, each pair member takes a minute in turn to share their thoughts with their partner. More details can be found in Chapter 38 of The Power of Participation.).

Feedback Frames—a low-tech tool for anonymous voting

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Jason Diceman is developing a novel tool for anonymous voting — Feedback Frames. Unlike high-tech audience response systems, Feedback Frames are refreshingly low-tech (no computers, clickers, smartphones, power, or technical support required).

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U.S. and Europe Power of Participation Workshops registration opens!

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Whether you’re in the U.S. or Europe, I’ve got a POPWORKS workshop for you!

To build connection and engagement at events — give up control!

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How can we build connection and engagement with people with whom we work? My wise consultant friend Naomi Karten tells a short story about a client’s unexpected reaction.

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The architecture of assembly

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“Architecture sets the stage for our lives; it creates the world we inhabit and shapes how we relate to one another. In a time in which democracy is under increasing pressure in different parts of the world, it is time to rethink the architecture of assembly.”

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How to get better at doing anything

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A lost tourist asks a native New Yorker “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” to which the local replies “Practice, practice, practice!”. Good advice. But if we want to get better at doing something, what should we practice?

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“Less Meetings, More Doing?” Nope!

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Many believe that meetings are an unpleasant evil that sucks time and energy away from getting things done. That’s unfortunate, because meetings — when done right — are one of the most powerful business tools for creating the action outcomes that stakeholders and participants want and need.

Five reasons NOT to use a Conferences That Work meeting design

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I’ve been promoting the Conferences That Work meeting format for so long, that some people assume I think it’s the right choice for every meeting. Well, it’s not. Here are (drum roll!)

An introduction to participatory voting—Part 3: Public, semi-anonymous, and anonymous voting

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In the first two parts of this series on participatory voting at events, I introduced the concept and compared low-tech and high-tech approaches.

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Friends don’t let friends give away their content

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Friends don’t let friends give away their original content to third-party platforms. I’ve been saying this for years, but do people listen? No they don’t. Let me be clear, by all means share your content for free on any of the gazillion social media platforms available.

Facilitating connection

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Last Saturday, the ashes of my wife’s beloved Tai Chi teacher were interred in our tiny town cemetery. People came from all over the world to celebrate her life, but some could not make the journey.

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Reduce Chinese-style self-censorship at your meetings

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The Chinese government runs a massive online censorship program. Why mention this on an event design blog? Well, the most effective aspect of China’s online censorship regime illustrates what happens when you don’t incorporate covenants into your meetings.

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Dear Adrian — How does group size impact process design?

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Another issue of an occasional series— Dear Adrian —in which I answer questions about event design, elementary particle physics , solar hot water systems, facilitation, and anything else I might conceivably know something about.

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Lessons From Improv: Make Sure Your Meeting Messages Are Received

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Want to improve the learning at your meetings? Here’s what I learned from You. No, not you — “ You “! “You” “ You “ is a delightful improv game I played at the Mindful Play, Playful Mind retreat in Mere Point, Maine.

Panels as if the audience mattered

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I’m in San Antonio, Texas, having just run two 90-minute “panels” at a national association leadership conference. I say “panels” because at both sessions, the three “panelists” presented for less than five minutes.

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