We are biased against truly creative event design

Conferences that Work

A “creative” event design is one with a novel venue and/or decor and lighting and/or food and beverage. Consequently, planners restrict the entire focus of creative event design to novel visual and sensory elements. Truly creative event design We are biased against truly creative event design. “; and finally Takes a hard look at the process changes needed to develop a more effective event.

2018 169

Event Design is how it works

Conferences that Work

Design is how it works” is the favorite thing Apple software engineer Ken Kocienda heard Steve Jobs say. Here’s Steve: “Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it [a product] looks like. People think it’s this veneer—that the designers are headed this box and told, “Make it look good!” ” That’s not what we think design is. Design is how it works.

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Gamification makes about as much sense as chocolate-dipped broccoli

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Gamification “makes about as much sense as chocolate-dipped broccoli” Education professor Amy Bruckman , coined this analogy in a 1999 paper on game software design: “Most attempts at making software both educational and fun end up being neither.

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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. Hub and spoke is an event network topology. The hub event and each pod may be either in-person or online.

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Any questions? Rethinking traditional Q&A

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. Designing Participation Into Your Meetings No, that’s not me up on the stage, and that’s not the kind of session I’ll be leading next Tuesday, May 22, at the MPI New England 2012 Northeast Education.

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Designing conferences to solve participants’ problems

Conferences that Work

In this post I’ll focus on, arguably, the most useful conferences we can design: those that solve participants’ problems. Designing experiments into our conferences allow participants to explore solutions to complex problems. What makes attending conferences worthwhile?

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Improve meetings by de-emphasizing old-school status

Conferences that Work

Apart from my first book , I haven’t written much about status at events. I think about status at events as the relative levels of proclaimed or perceived social value assigned to or assumed by attendees. There are two key kinds of event status — let’s call them old-school and real-time. Event design connections context-sensitive old-school peer conference real-time status traditionalYou can improve meetings by de-emphasizing status.

2019 169

Handling a meeting question that isn’t

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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. The five day event is being held by Federation EIL, the worldwide network of The Experiment in International. Event design answering questions asking questions ground rules question time questions rambling screened questions

2019 169

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

The top educational meeting format

Conferences that Work

April 2018, Meetings and Conventions Magazine Do you incorporate participatory sessions into your events? I’ve been designing and facilitating workshop-style, participatory sessions since 1992, and participants love them ! Smart conference producers incorporate participatory sessions into their events. Event design best meeting format facilitated workshop ideal meeting Meetings & Conventions meetings and conventions participation participatory session

Many “experiential” events are just razzle-dazzle

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Beware of “experiential” events that are just razzle-dazzle. “Experiential” has become a buzzword to use to describe hip events. The problem is that most events touted as experiential simply add irrelevant novelty to a familiar event process. Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Many “experiential” events are just razzle-dazzle appeared first on Conferences That Work.

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

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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. 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.

2019 129

How to design for powerful connection and learning at large meetings

Conferences that Work

But they are poor vehicles for creating the useful participant learning, connection, and outcomes that well-designed small conferences can deliver. So if you are (un)fortunate enough to be the owner or designer of a large meeting, what can you do to maximize participant value? 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.

2018 145

The interpersonal dynamics of silent retreats

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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. Event design community of practice interpersonal dynamics meditation silent retreats VipassanaCan meetings where no one says a word exhibit significantly different interpersonal dynamics?

2017 143

The architecture of assembly

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” — Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder van der Vegt , “ These 5 architectural designs influence every legislature in the world — and tell you how each governs “ , The Washington Post, March 4, 2017. 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.

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The workshop that wasn’t

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This did not happen at Traci’s event! In my experience, attendees prefer well-designed workshops to almost any other session format. 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. Last week, my friend Traci Browne wrote to me about a workshop that wasn’t.

2019 144

It became necessary to destroy the conference to save it

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Sue, 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. Event design active learning connection engagement just-in-time lecturing small meetings successful outcomes VietnamWhen mistaken beliefs about methods and outcomes harden into dogma, harm follows.

2018 120

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

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How much value would that add to your event; for your attendees, your sponsors, and your bottom line? 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. Event design Promo crowdsourcing participant-driven participation-rich The Little Book The Little Book of Event Crowdsourcing Secrets

2018 121

The best way to fundamentally improve your dull conference

Conferences that Work

Ever since, thanks to that happy accident, I have been designing and facilitating peer conferences that people have loved for over a quarter-century. 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.

2018 139

Three ways to make it easier for attendees to participate

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They are also far more likely to make valuable connections with their peers during the event. Every time I find myself wishing for an external event, I realize that I’m way better off focusing on something I can control instead. This is all very well, but it begs the question: what can meeting designers do to make it easier for attendees to participate more at meetings? Event design active learning covenants listening opt-out participation Seth Godin

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Use pair share to quickly improve your conference sessions

Conferences that Work

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. Design the session to build on relevant expertise and experience uncovered by each pair-share.

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Three better alternatives to the conference lecture

Conferences that Work

As an example I’ll use a three-day conference I’m currently designing. 1 — Short bursts of varied content followed by breakouts Rather than schedule large numbers of simultaneous lectures, like most traditional academic conferences, we’ve designed sessions with multiple short serial presentations, aka lightning or speed talks. Want to see my 6 minute 40 second Pecha Kucha presentation Face The Fear—Then Change Your Conference Design!

2018 163

An innovative conference competition format

Conferences that Work

So this is what we did: Read the full article at Conferences That Work Related posts: Face The Fear—Then Change Your Conference Design! Want to see my 6 minute 40 second Pecha Kucha presentation Face The Fear—Then Change Your Conference Design! 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.

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Nine conference mythodologies

Conferences that Work

Mythodology: Event socials are a good way to meet people. Reality : People tend to stay with people they already know at event socials. Participant-driven and participation-rich events provide far more opportunities to meet people you actually want to meet. Mythodology: Learning occurs through events. Reality : Learning is a continual process ; formal events only contribute a small percentage to the whole.

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

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Frank had a bad experience with an earlier information technology project, so Naomi’s team gave him three possible approaches to a major system design and a list of the pluses and minuses of each. Think about your experience of such events. Conferences don’t have to be designed this way. Event design choices control Naomi Karten options peer conferencesHow can we build connection and engagement with people with whom we work?

2017 146

Guaranteeing audience engagement at your events

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So how can you get authentic audience engagement at your events? When I facilitate longer conferences I can assure you that almost everyone will ask questions in public at some point during the event. You can experience how to use process tools to significantly improve the effectiveness of your sessions and events at one of my 1½-day workshops in North America and Europe. Event design action connection engagement Learning process tools workshop

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Stay on time!

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When meetings don’t stay on time, the event is out of control. Ultimately this is a matter of careful planning, firm and effective time management, and simple respect for everyone who spends time, energy, and money attending and producing an event. Event design agreements covenants logistics meeting design punctuality running late stay on timeStay on time!

2019 145

Why you should run The Solution Room at your next event

Conferences that Work

Invented at MPI’s 2011 European Meetings and Events Conference, the session fosters active meaningful connections between attendees, and provides peer support and solutions to the real professional challenges currently faced by participants. Want to learn more about how to incorporate The Solution Room into your next event? Sue, Event design active learning connection participation The Solution Room

2018 130

Create memorable learning experiences and connections at simple workshops

Conferences that Work

I often design and facilitate workshops for association members who mostly haven’t met before. Here’s what you might see on a stroll through a typical workshop: An example At one workshop, association staffers noted that no one touched a cell phone, and intense conversations with frequent bursts of laughter filled the entire two-hour event. Every process element is a strategic ingredient of the workshop design.

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? This is clearly a potential win-win for both Axon and its clients, and it surprises me that more organizations don’t use their events to improve their products and services. Event design Axon client conference clients ideation product design product development Taser

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“Less Meetings, More Doing?” Nope!

Conferences that Work

Uncovering and working on group outcomes, however, is one of the best ways to build community at a conference, which increases the likelihood that participants will see the conference as professionally valuable and makes it more likely that they will attend future events. Check out the personal introspective and group spective (including the action outcome version ) processes I’ve been designing and facilitating for years. Event design action outcomes community outcomes

2017 122

Exploring Event Experience Design with David Peckinpaugh – The VIP Lounge

Maritz Global Events

In this edition of The VIP Lounge podcast, we’re thrilled to showcase an interview with David Peckinpaugh, President of Maritz Global Events. Our chat with David starts with a closer look at his career journey, as he shares more about what he enjoys about the events industry. Then it’s on to Experience Design. While many might talk about event experience design, few have focused so intently on this crucial success driver.

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Reduce Chinese-style self-censorship at your meetings

Conferences that Work

Why mention this on an event design blog? As I’ve explained elsewhere , good covenants publicly clarify the freedoms that attendees have at an event, like the freedoms to speak one’s mind , ask questions , and share feelings. Bonus insight on another relationship between censorship and meeting design: How you may be treating your meeting evaluations like a Chinese censor. The Chinese government runs a massive online censorship program.

2016 121

Virtual Meetings Lower Costs … and Interaction

Conferences that Work

If you think of a meeting primarily as a way of transferring content , then online meetings seem attractive, inexpensive alternatives to face-to-face events. Related posts: Designing Participation Into Your Meetings No, that’s not me up on the stage, and that’s not the kind of session I’ll be leading next Tuesday, May 22, at the MPI New England 2012 Northeast Education. “Intel’s annual meeting was entirely virtual.

2016 140

Who owns your event?

Conferences that Work

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. Sponsors typically define the context, format, scope, and desired outcomes of an event, so they are clearly key candidates to be considered as owners. And there’s another way to think of event ownership.

2016 124

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

Conferences that Work

Plus/Delta : A review tool that enables participants to quickly identify what went well at a session or event and what could be improved. 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.

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

Conferences that Work

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. with a matched receiver and software that processes and displays responses — are so commonly used to provide anonymous voting at meetings today that many event planners and attendees are unaware that public voting is a simple and, in many cases, more useful alternative.

2016 121

5 Ways the Meetings Industry is Changing the Face of Events

Social Tables

From more engaging, holistic experiences to the the bold new expectations of “bleisure,” event planners and suppliers are racing to adapt in an industry that’s as dynamic as it’s ever been. While the shifts are plentiful, there are five that stand out from the fold when it comes to modern event design. In an industry shaped by attendee expectations, successful events have to cater to their wants and desires. It’s like designing the stage.

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5 Meeting Industry Trends That Are Changing the Face of Events

Social Tables

Today, planners are racing to adapt to trends that make conferences and events more engaging and dynamic than ever before. While the shifts are plentiful, there are five that stand out from the fold when it comes to modern event design. Since the meeting industry is shaped by attendee expectations, successful events have to cater to millennials. Like every generation before them, their desires are shaped by the realities of larger historical events.

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Panels as if the audience mattered

Conferences that Work

Each session was designed to discover and meet wants and needs of the executive officers and volunteers of the association’s regional chapters’ members in an area of special interest. The first session focused on a key fund-raising event used by all of the participants, while the second covered the more general topic of chapter fundraising and sponsorship. At the conference sessions I design and facilitate, everyone is “up there” instead of “down here.”

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