Conference justification letters

Event Philosopher

Zig Ziglar I’m seeing a lot of conference justification letters around the internet these days. I like the concept: provide a ready-made letter for managers to understand the benefits of sending their employee to a conference. I found one industry conference justification letter that pointed out the evening events, the bands that were playing, and the opening pool party and reception. The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity. -

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The complexities of your event mobile app

Event Philosopher

Just about all the conferences I've been to in the last 2 years have changed app vendors year over year, making me download the new app anyway. Please all, and you will please none. Aesop What do we want out of a mobile app for our event?

2011 40
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Designing conferences to solve participants’ problems

Conferences that Work

What makes attending conferences worthwhile? As I described in Conferences That Work , the two most common reasons for attending conferences are to learn useful things and make useful connections. But there are numerous other ways that conferences provide value to stakeholders.

2021 240

Making Conference Swag Sustainable

Convene by PCMA

When Tara Milburn attended her first Promotional Products Association International Show in 2010 or 2011, it was her first entrée into swag (stuff we all get).

Nine conference mythodologies

Conferences that Work

Here are nine mythodologies about conferences. At least half the sessions programmed at traditional conferences are not what attendees want. Mythodology: A “ conference curator ” can improve the quality of your conference content. Reality : Sadly, conference curators don’t exist. Mythodology: Conference programs should be stuffed full of sessions so there’s something of interest for everyone.

Why I love conference facilitation and design

Conferences that Work

Here’s an example of why I love conference facilitation and design. Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Why I love conference facilitation and design appeared first on Conferences That Work. Related posts: Scenes from a peer conference—part 2 Since 2012, I’ve had the privilege of designing and facilitating the annual Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Peer Conference.

2019 160

An innovative conference competition format

Conferences that Work

My Dutch friend and expert moderator, Jan Jaap In der Maur , recently shared an innovative format for an in-conference pitch competition he devised for the Conventa Crossover Conference , in Ljubljana, Slovenia: “There were also the Conventa Crossover Awards. Traditionally, this kills the dynamics of every conference: there were 16 finalists, who all had to be given the opportunity to pitch.

2018 105

Three better alternatives to the conference lecture

Conferences that Work

Ah, the ubiquitous conference one-hour lecture. As an example I’ll use a three-day conference I’m currently designing. Here are three session formats we’re using for the middle of the conference arc. In my experience, each of them is far more effective than a traditional conference lecture. Image attribution: Marisha Aziz Read the full article at Conferences That Work Related posts: Face The Fear—Then Change Your Conference Design!

2018 163

The best way to fundamentally improve your dull conference

Conferences that Work

I’ve been attending conferences for over forty years. ” For twenty years I assumed this was how conferences were supposed to be. And when I began creating conferences myself, I used the same standard format: invite experts in the field to speak to audiences. Ever since, thanks to that happy accident, I have been designing and facilitating peer conferences that people have loved for over a quarter-century. I’ve never shared as much at a conference before.

2018 139

Use pair share to quickly improve your conference sessions

Conferences that Work

In less than three minutes, you can improve almost any conference session with pair share. Pair share improves conference sessions by: Resetting every participant’s brain to a state of active engagement; Providing structured opportunities for participants to share expertise and experience with their partner, and (if built into the subsequent session design) with others in the room; and. Read the full article at Conferences That Work.

2016 184

Conference Compass

Event Industry News

Conference Compass develops mobile event apps for associations and conferences. . We are Conference Compass, a developer of powerful conference and association apps. Founded in 2011, we have continuously proven to be an industry leader in high-quality mobile apps. Contact details: Conference Compass B.V.

It became necessary to destroy the conference to save it

Conferences that Work

The professional meeting industry largely believes that: Read the full article at Conferences That Work Related posts: Being Schooled: Inside a Conference That Works “Mad blogger” Sue Pelletier of MeetingsNet has written an excellent article on her experiences at the four-day Conferences That Work format edACCESS 2014 annual meeting I convened in June. When mistaken beliefs about methods and outcomes harden into dogma, harm follows.

2018 120

Idea: Develop products and services with clients at conferences

Conferences that Work

Did you know that at Axon’s annual user conference, Accelerate , participants help design new company products that address their needs? What I learned about event professionals at EventCamp East Coast One of the reasons I love to facilitate Conferences That Work is that I get to learn interesting things about the culture of the participants. Event design Axon client conference clients ideation product design product development Taser

2018 89

Hub and spoke meetings

Conferences that Work

Ever since my first encounter with the hybrid hub and spoke meeting topology at Event Camp Twin Cities in 2011, I’ve been a big fan of the format. For example, think about a conference to explore the implications of a medical breakthrough. Producing Event Camp Twin Cities 2011.

2021 291

Conferize backs Best Venue Booking Solution at Event Technology Awards 2021

Event Industry News

Event Tech Live (ETL) debutant Conferize is sponsoring the Best Venue Booking Solution category at the Event Technology Awards (ETA), which takes place on site at Old Truman Brewery, and virtually, during ETL’s hybrid week in November.

2021 65

How to create amazing conference programs that don’t waste attendee time

Conferences that Work

Do your conference programs include pre-scheduled sessions you belatedly discover were of little interest or value to most attendees? If so, you’re wasting significant stakeholder and attendee time and money — your conference is simply not as good as it could be. Now imagine you could learn how to routinely create conference programs that reliably include the sessions attendees actually want and need ? The key to successful 21st century conferences Attend Participate!,

2018 121

Adapting your event to virtual or planning a virtual or hybrid event Conference Compass has you covered

Event Industry News

Conference Compass develops powerful association and event apps that serve events building and engaging their community. Whether you are adapting your event to virtual or planning a virtual or hybrid event from scratch, at Conference Compass you will find the solution that suits you best.

2020 83

Conference Hotel Brings Local Producers to the Conference Table

SmartMeetings

Scott Skomal has served as Executive Chef at Sheraton hotels for more than 15 years and has been with Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel since 2011. Colorado’s largest and most flexible meeting hotel, located in the heart of downtown Denver, Sheraton offers 133,000-square-feet of distinct meeting spaces for conferences up to 3,000 people, with 1,231 guest rooms and 82 suites. The post Conference Hotel Brings Local Producers to the Conference Table appeared first on Smart Meetings.

Stay Connected: A Complete Guide to Conference Event Apps

Endless Events

Conference event apps are a must for any conference in today’s world. Adding conference event apps to your next event will create accessibility with content, notifications, feedback, and everything else you will need to communicate with your attendees. Conference event apps are no longer a nice addition to your event, they are expected. 97% of millennials own a smartphone leverage this to your benefit by creating a conference event app.

Best Zoom Alternative for Virtual Conference. What should it be like?

Hubilo Blog

Enterprises are habitual to conduct their communication online and virtually via video conference solutions like “Zoom”. However, not everyone can work around with only what Zoom has to offer, especially conferences & events. Why not use Zoom for Virtual Conferences?

2020 53

Destination spotlight Bern, Switzerland: Site visit from 28–30 August 2020 for Event Planners Talk e-conference

The MICE Blog

When the idea to stage an international, multi-day conference in Bern was born back in 2018, we didn’t know how things would turn out, and that we’d need to change our plans upside down. Between 2009–2011, the property was completely refurbished and reopened in 2011.

2021 70

Improve meetings by de-emphasizing old-school status

Conferences that Work

Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Improve meetings by de-emphasizing old-school status appeared first on Conferences That Work. Participation techniques you can use in conference sessions Here’s the summary handout for my workshop on participation techniques you can use in conference sessions that I’ll be leading at MPI’s World Education Congress 2011. You can improve meetings by de-emphasizing status.

2019 169

Podcast: Ink Factory’s perfect picture

Event Industry News

Since 2011 Chicago-based Ink Factory has been delivering visual note-taking, physically and virtually. Brand & Agencies Conference News Event Technology Featured News UK and Europe US and Canada conferences Event Industry News Ink Factory meetings presentation technology

2022 52

40 Must-Attend Customer Success Conferences in 2019

Bizzabo

Searching for the best customer success conferences to attend in 2019? Whether you're looking to turn casual customers into lifelong fans or improve your company's NPS score, the 40 conferences listed below will help you achieve your goals. Customer Success Conferences. Let's kick this list off with one of the biggest customer success conferences out there: Pulse by Gainsight. Customer Success Summit Conference. Advocamp is an online-only conference.

2019 51

Gamification makes about as much sense as chocolate-dipped broccoli

Conferences that Work

” —Ian Bogost, Gamification is B t (2011). Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Gamification makes about as much sense as chocolate-dipped broccoli appeared first on Conferences That Work.

2021 297

Event Heroes: How to Create a Blockbuster Conference

Bizzabo

This month we spoke with Stephanie Hannah, the Director of Strategic Marketing at Trace3, about growing an event, running an awards show, and delivering a blockbuster conference experience. Trace3 , a leading provider of IT solutions, developed their Evolve conference in response to this trend. Stephanie Hannah has overseen the conference’s growth from 280 attendees to over 1,000 attendees. Brandon: The Trace3 Evolve Conference has been around since 2012.

2018 48

Any questions? Rethinking traditional Q&A

Conferences that Work

” at the end of a conference session? Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Any questions? Rethinking traditional Q&A appeared first on Conferences That Work. Related posts: Participation techniques you can use in conference sessions Here’s the summary handout for my workshop on participation techniques you can use in conference sessions that I’ll be leading at MPI’s World Education Congress 2011.

2019 224

4 Lessons from Pokémon Go To Make Your Conferences More Engaging

Eventinterface

Nintendo have been very clever by creating an entire engaging experience for Pokémon Go gamers, and this is what conference attendees desire. Giving away goodie-bags or promotional gifts at conferences can create positive brand association – people are more likely to try your services and invest in other products in the future. Get guests moving at your next conference by indulging in active icebreaker or team building exercises.

2016 100

Handling a meeting question that isn’t

Conferences that Work

Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Handling a meeting question that isn’t appeared first on Conferences That Work. Related posts: Participation techniques you can use in conference sessions Here’s the summary handout for my workshop on participation techniques you can use in conference sessions that I’ll be leading at MPI’s World Education Congress 2011. Sue, Conferences That Work goes to Japan!

2019 169

What’s the best learning model for conference sessions?

Conferences that Work

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. ” —Jeff Hurt, We Must Stop Promoting Conference Fast-Track, Artificial, Butt-In-Seat, Surface Learning. Read the full article at Conferences That Work.

2016 192

Event Heroes: How The World's Largest Content Marketing Conference Builds An Engaged Community

Bizzabo

This month we spoke with Cathy McPhillips, VP of Marketing for Content Marketing Institute, about growing an annual conference, making data-driven decision, building an engaged community and more. Every year, the online publisher Content Marketing Institute (CMI) holds the largest conference dedicated to content marketing— Content Marketing World. In this Event Heroes spotlight we discuss: Growing an annual conference.

2018 49

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

Conferences that Work

At traditional conferences, attendees choose from predetermined sets of sessions chosen by conference organizers. Conferences don’t have to be designed this way. Over the last twenty-five years, I’ve discovered that peer conferences, where participants determine the choices, provide a much better fit between the wants/needs of the attendees and the conference program they construct on-the-fly. Read the full article at Conferences That Work.

2017 146

Squaring the circle: creating room sets for connection

Conferences that Work

Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Squaring the circle: creating room sets for connection appeared first on Conferences That Work. Related posts: Participation techniques you can use in conference sessions Here’s the summary handout for my workshop on participation techniques you can use in conference sessions that I’ll be leading at MPI’s World Education Congress 2011.

2019 190

Many “experiential” events are just razzle-dazzle

Conferences that Work

Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Many “experiential” events are just razzle-dazzle appeared first on Conferences That Work. Buy my new book—The Power of Participation—before July 1 at never-to-be-repeated prices I’m happy to announce that my new book—The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action—will be available for purchase in all formats and outlets on.

2018 168

Eventprofs Happy Hour — Feelings Edition

Conferences that Work

From 2011 – 2017 I hosted a weekly online Eventprofs Happy Hour, first on Twitter and then Google Plus. Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Eventprofs Happy Hour — Feelings Edition appeared first on Conferences That Work.

2020 156

The top educational meeting format

Conferences that Work

Smart conference producers incorporate participatory sessions into their events. Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post The top educational meeting format appeared first on Conferences That Work. Participation techniques you can use in conference sessions Here’s the summary handout for my workshop on participation techniques you can use in conference sessions that I’ll be leading at MPI’s World Education Congress 2011.

Inside the Largest Conservation Conference in the World

PCMA Convene

And while this isn’t the largest event Hawaii has hosted — the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum brought 17,000 delegates, and the 2015 Lions Club International Convention more than 20,000 — WCC 2016 is a longer program, and is expected to have broader social and economic impact, as well as public involvement and education. “We

2016 40

Liberating Structures 1-2-4-All has a big problem

Conferences that Work

Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Liberating Structures 1-2-4-All has a big problem appeared first on Conferences That Work. Related posts: Participation techniques you can use in conference sessions Here’s the summary handout for my workshop on participation techniques you can use in conference sessions that I’ll be leading at MPI’s World Education Congress 2011.

2019 129

Adrian Segar Speaker Tips Interview

Conferences that Work

Read the full article at Conferences That Work Related posts: Participate! The key to successful 21st century conferences Attend Participate!, June 2, Indianapolis and you'll leave with the key to successful 21st century conferences: knowing how to truly satisfy attendees by adding effective participation, learning, connection, and engagement to. Face The Fear—Then Change Your Conference Design! After a one-day Participate!

The interpersonal dynamics of silent retreats

Conferences that Work

Read the full article at Conferences That Work. Related posts: Participation techniques you can use in conference sessions Here’s the summary handout for my workshop on participation techniques you can use in conference sessions that I’ll be leading at MPI’s World Education Congress 2011. Can meetings where no one says a word exhibit significantly different interpersonal dynamics?

2017 143