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Avoid this common mistake when planning meeting programs

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Although I have good reasons to champion meeting designs where the participants get to choose what they want and need to discuss and learn rather than a program committee , there is invariably a place for some predetermined presentations at conferences.

Six ways to keep attendees comfortable and improve your event

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While stuck in cramped seats during a six-hour Boston to San Francisco flight recently, my wife gently pointed out that I had become quite grumpy. She helped me notice that my lack of body comfort was affecting my mood.

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The meeting industry’s biggest dirty secret

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There are some things that the meeting industry doesn’t like to talk about in public. For example: Revenue models. Who actually paid for all that sybaritic F&B? You’ll never know.). Clients from hell. They might figure out it’s them I was talking about and I need the business.).

The Secrets Behind Conference Engagement

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So you’re holding a conference. How are you going to get your audience tuned in and engaged? Read the full article at Conferences That Work.

9 Simple Steps to Master Social Media for Events

The Definitive Guide to Social Media Event Marketing

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.

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.

Design your meeting BEFORE choosing the venue!

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I love my meeting design clients, but there is one mistake I see them making over and over again. Clients invariably ask me to help design their meeting after they’ve chosen a venue! Here’s why they do it, and why it’s a mistake. Read the full article at Conferences That Work. Related posts: Help Wanted—Venues for my participation techniques workshops! Please help me (and hopefully yourself)!

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.

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.

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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Participatory voting at events: Part 2—Low-tech versus high-tech solutions

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In Part 1 of this series I defined participatory voting and we explored the different ways to use it to obtain public information about viewpoints and participants in the room, paving the way for further useful discussions and conversations.

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Is paid influencer marketing ethical in the event industry?

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Paid influencer marketing is spreading to the event industry, and I doubt that it’s an ethical practice. Last week I received the following voice mail (identifying details have been bleeped; transcript below.). link].

How to inspire transformational learning

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Why do some learning experiences stay burning in our brains and others fade into oblivion? Read the full article at Conferences That Work.

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.

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.

Why 2017 is a tipping point for Twitter

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Something is happening to Twitter, but you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones? I started tweeting8 years ago.

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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.

22 great iPhone/iPad apps for event professionals

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Two years have passed since the last update of my favorite iPad/iPhone apps for event professionals. Apps continue to be born, evolve, and, sometimes, die—so it’s time for my latest list of event professionals’ great apps! Read the full article at Conferences That Work.

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.

Three ways to make it easier for attendees to participate

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How do we get people to participate at meetings? We know that participants — people who are active learners — learn more, retain more, and retain more accurately than passive attendees. They are also far more likely to make valuable connections with their peers during the event.

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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.

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Children shouldn’t sit still in class — and neither should adults

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It’s amazing that established research on ways to improve children’s learning is ignored when designing adult learning environments. Some examples. We know that kids shouldn’t sit still in class.

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

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How to use dot voting to choose the sessions your attendees need and want

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How do we build conference programs that attendees actually want and need? Since 1992 I’ve experimented with multiple methods to ensure that every session is relevant and valuable. Here’s what happened when I incorporated dot voting into a recent two-day association peer conference.

Create Powerful Meetings Instead of Power-over Meetings

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All meetings incorporate power relationships that fundamentally affect their dynamics and potential. Traditional conferences unconsciously promote and sustain power imbalances between the “speakers” at the front of the room and the audience.

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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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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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.

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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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?

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?

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.!)

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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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.

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!)

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When consensus is dangerous

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Imagine a group of people who need to make a decision about something. As the size of the group increases, the chance that everyone will be happy with what is decided falls exponentially.

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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.