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The meeting industry new normal — Part 2

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The meeting industry old normal is over, and many event professionals are hoping and waiting for a new normal. See Part 1 of this post for an introduction to this point of view.]. What will the meeting industry new normal look like?

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The meeting industry new normal

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Many event professionals are hoping and waiting for a meeting industry new normal. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our businesses. We want to believe that, at some point, in-person meetings like the ones we’ve held for decades will return.

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Gatherly, Rally, and Wonder comparative review

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Earlier this year I reviewed ( 1 , 2 ) three online conference social platforms: Gatherly , Rally , and Wonder ( the new name for Yotribe since September). Since then, the Gatherly and Rally developers have been hard at work!

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COVID-19, in-person meetings, and wishful thinking

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This is not an easy post to write. The pandemic’s impact on lives and businesses has been devastating. COVID-19 has virtually eliminated in-person meetings: our industry’s bread and butter.

2020 292

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.

How to start online meetings on time

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Is it possible to routinely start online meetings on time? But first…. Think about the last three meetings you attended. Raise your hand if all of them started on time. Anyone? Anyone? Why don’t scheduled meetings start on time?

2020 295

He can only do Segar

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How does what someone says about me myself influence my life. Who am I really? How can I be myself? What does it even mean to “be myself”? The school play. Educated during our teens to be total nerds , we had little time for anything but science and math at Dulwich College.

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Some models of change are better than others

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How can we work on facilitating change in our lives? If we want to facilitate change in our lives, having a model of how change happens can be very helpful. But which model ?

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Stop treating adults like children at your conferences

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Please stop treating adults like children at your conferences. For an exception, see the end of this post.). With children there’s an argument for broadcast-style learning. Schools originally developed as establishments for improving the efficiency of oral communication of information.

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Most classroom practice is astrology

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Is most classroom practice astrology? David Bowles thinks so. I’ll let you in on a secret. I have a doctorate in education, but the field’s basically just a 100 years old. We don’t really know what we’re doing. Our scholarly understanding of how learning happens is like astronomy 2000 years ago.

2020 181

Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

TWO Eventprofs Happy Hours on Friday on a new online social platform — Rally!

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I’m holding TWO #Eventprofs Happy Hours next Friday, August 7, at 10:00 EDT/16:00 CEST and 15:00 EDT/21:00 CEST. The first one is especially for you Europeans who insist on living your lives five or six hours ahead of mine, but night owls are welcome at the later one too.

2020 236

Contrasting examples of unlearning from Apple

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Unlearning is crucial for change , both personal and organizational. Here are two examples of unlearning from the Apple ecosystem: one successful, and one not. #1 1 The Apple Watch Workouts app. In 2017, I purchased an Apple Watch. It has improved my life in many ways.

2020 156

Designing an online memorial service

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I am designing an online memorial service, to be held later this month. The deceased is not a person, but a beloved, 74-year-old small college that closed its local campus a few months ago. I taught there from 1983 – 1993.

2020 195

Review of online social platform Rally

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Adding to my reports on new platforms providing online incarnations of traditional conference socials , here’s a review of online social platform Rally. Two points before we start.

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CMOs Pivot to Virtual Engagements to Drive Business in the COVID Economy

Speaker: Mike Damphousse, Managing Partner of Category Design Advisors and Founder of Green Leads

Business as we know it is never going to be the same. Working from home has become the norm, conferences and meetings are going online, marketing budgets are being shifted, reduced or put on hold – it's time to adapt. Join this insightful and informative webinar with Mike Damphousse, Managing Partner of Category Design Advisors and Founder of Green Leads, who will discuss how businesses can be resilient during these challenging times.

Are you old yet?

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Are you old yet? Click on the image to watch the skateboarding professor, who’s my age.). I turned 69 last week. My body and mind do not work as well as they used to. Oh for the days, long gone, when I went to bed, fell asleep immediately, and woke up eight hours later feeling refreshed!

2020 181

How to implement participant-driven breakouts in Zoom

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Why implement participant-driven breakouts in Zoom? I’ve been designing and facilitating participant-driven and participation-rich in person meetings — aka peer conferences — for almost thirty years. Because participants love these meetings ! Now the covid-19 pandemic has forced meetings online. Unfortunately, most online events are still using a traditional webinar/broadcast-style approach: presenters speaking for long periods, interspersed with chat-mediated Q&A. Why Zoom?

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Which meeting design books should I buy?

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Here are five meeting design books I especially recommend. Each gets a short overview, so you can figure out which one(s) will satisfy your wants and needs. In an outrageous display of chutzpah , I wrote three of these books. [If

The best way to hold a discussion online

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What’s the best way to hold a discussion online? For years I’ve been successfully facilitating in-person group discussions at meetings, using the simple fishbowl and fishbowl sandwich processes.

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Game-Changers 911™: How to Change the Event Game in 2020

Speaker: John Storm, President, BrainStorm Network

In this webinar, we’ll use a sampling of case studies, tools, techniques, and strategic stories to help you identify game-changing opportunities within your company and the world of events, and then brainstorm ways to capitalize on these ideas. Get ready to change your game in 2020!

COVID-19, hybrid meetings, and the future

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Here are my current thoughts about COVID-19, hybrid meetings, and the future. Earlier this year I wrote : Unfortunately, it currently looks like one potential short-term improvement outcome, containment , will not be successful.

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Schedule breaks during online meetings!

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Providing downtime during any meeting is important , but it’s especially important to schedule breaks during online meetings. What happens if you don’t schedule breaks during online meetings. Some people have the attitude that attendees at online meetings are grown-ups and they should be given the freedom to take a break when they want and/or need to. Let’s explore this. Obviously, there are times when online meeting participants need to take a break.

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Please don’t call them virtual meetings

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I’ve been noticing a strange trend, ever since COVID-19 caused just about all bread and butter meetings to vanish. Suddenly, people are calling the meetings we’re holding these days virtual meetings. In the immortal words of Bob Newhart. Stop it! Virtual. I’m sorry, but when I think of a virtual meeting, this comes to mind…. together with content like this….

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How to support a community online during covid-19

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How can you support a community online during covid-19? Over the last few weeks I’ve run numerous online Zoom meetings for support groups and local, social, and professional communities. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about what makes these meetings most useful for participants. I’m sharing what I’ve learned (so far) here. Key takeaways. Breakout room functionality is essential for your online meeting platform.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

A standing invitation for event and hospitality teachers

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? ? Here’s a standing invitation for event and hospitality teachers. I will meet online with your class for free. During the COVID-19 pandemic, much education has moved online. One small silver lining of this disruption?

Three criteria for working with others for change and action

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How can we successfully work with others for change and action? During the last eight months, I’ve been striving to save a tiny liberal arts school , Marlboro College , from closure. I’ve felt compelled to do this work, not only because the school sits at the heart of rural Marlboro, Vermont , where I’ve lived since 1978, but also because I taught there for ten years (1983-1993) and have a deep affection for the College’s rare form of education.

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The meeting industry coronavirus silver lining

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Despite the terrible impacts of the coronavirus on the meeting industry, there’s a silver lining. Hear me out! There’s no question times are hard. The coronavirus pandemic has already devastated lives and businesses globally, and we don’t know how much worse things will get. The meeting industry is reeling under a wave of cancellations, postponements, and uncertainty.

2020 219

Share information; don’t hoard it

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Why would you want to share information, not hoard it? In today’s cutthroat business environment, isn’t exclusive knowledge synonymous with power — and the ability to make money? Well, if you’re a stock trader or house flipper, maybe.

2020 225

What I wear for running

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Exactly one year ago, at the age of 68, I started running daily for the first time in my life. Since then, I’ve shared a few things learned along the way. Today I thought: why not provide a seasonal guide to what I wear for running?

2020 165

Any questions? Rethinking traditional Q&A

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How often have you heard “Any questions?” ” at the end of a conference session? Hands rise, and the presenter picks an audience member who asks a question. The presenter answers the question and picks another questioner. The process continues for a few minutes. Simple enough. We’ve been using this Q&A format for centuries. But can we improve it? Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Any questions?

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Free workshop — Experience The Three Questions, Friday, June 26

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I’m leading a free online workshop on Friday, June 26, 12 – 2 pm EDT, that will give you a unique opportunity to experience The Three Questions : in my opinion, the best way to open a conference designed for active learning, connection, and engagement. The workshop is limited to sixty people, and you must register to attend. Full details about the event are available here.

2020 174

Squaring the circle: creating room sets for connection

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Meeting planners typically default to squaring the circle when specifying room sets. They persist in seating attendees in long straight lines whenever possible, ignoring the benefits of curved and circular seating at their events. See Paul Radde’s Seating Matters: State of the Art Seating Arrangements for more information.) The architecture of assembly where curved theatre seating dominates, teaches us otherwise.

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How to implement participant-driven breakouts in Zoom — Part 2

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Part 1 of this series of posts gave an overview of what’s involved in implementing participant-driven breakouts in Zoom. Read it before diving into this post! In this post (Part 2) I’ll cover most of Step #1 of the previous post: preparing for The Three Questions using Zoom breakout rooms. If necessary, get familiar with Zoom, including breakout room functions, before proceeding.

2020 162

Two tools for online conference socials: Gatherly versus YoTribe review

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If you can’t hang out with people in person, how can you best meet up with your tribe online? That’s the selling proposition for a host of new platforms that have sprung up over the last few months: creating a compelling online incarnation of the traditional conference socials we all know and love (or hate). Last week I got to try out a couple of these new platforms, so I thought I’d write a Gatherly versus YoTribe review.

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How to entwine content and connection during an online conference

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How can we entwine content and connection during an online conference? During a MeetingsCommunity (MeCo) discussion thread “ Networking at conferences ” last week, Sharon Fisher posted this. Sharon’s post. Hi all, I am coming in very late to this conversation, but figured it’s never too late to share.

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How eventprofs are feeling during COVID-19

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How are eventprofs feeling during COVID-19? Over the past few weeks in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, I’ve listened to hundreds of people share their feelings at online meetings I’ve led and joined. Though everyone’s response has been unique, three distinct sets of emotions stand out. Here they are, from the perspective of the many meeting professionals I’ve heard. Anxious.

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How to implement participant-driven breakouts in Zoom — Part 3

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Part 1 of this series of posts gave an overview of what’s involved in implementing participant-driven breakouts in Zoom. Part 2 explains how to prepare for The Three Questions using Zoom breakout rooms. Read them before diving into this post! In this post (Part 3) I’ll cover how to run The Three Questions using Zoom breakout rooms. Preparing staff to run The Three Questions in Zoom.

2020 150

Who goes next — protocols for online meetings

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You’ve surely overheard or been part of a “conversation” where one person talks non-stop. Who goes next? Nobody! “Free discussions” at meetings frequently suffer from the same phenomenon. A few people monopolize most of the time, and many people, often a majority, say nothing. If you want to support everyone’s right to share at a meeting, you’ll need to facilitate what happens via defining and agreeing on who can speak, and when, and for how long.

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