How to help meeting design clients figure out what they really want and need

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Recently, a client asked for help designing a new conference. The needs assessment trap Conference design clients who “know what they want” have already decided on their “ why? It’s an honor to work on a classic Conferences That. Conferences That Work goes to Japan! The first Conferences That Work peer conference held in Japan begins today! Great — a client who doesn’t know what they want!

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. I’ve run the core Conferences That Work design in a day numerous times, and it’s always a rush.

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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! Read the full article at Conferences That Work. 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!

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The Conference Arc — the key components of every successful participation-rich conference

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Traditional conferences focus on a hodgepodge of pre-determined sessions punctuated with socials, surrounded by short welcomes and closings. Such conference designs treat openings and closings as perfunctory traditions, perhaps pumped up with a keynote or two, rather than key components of the conference design. This arc creates a seamless conference flow where each phase builds on what has come before.

Event design is not just visuals and logistics

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Whenever I’ve had the pleasure of meeting David (not often enough!) BizBash consistently uses the term “event design” to mean “ visual design” As an example, consider the 2016 Design Issue. 2 — Elementary Meetings.

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Top 21 Event Blogs That Every #EventProf Must Follow

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Here are some of our favorite blogs that bring the best from our industry, as well as some amazing companies that have inspired us on our journey toward better meetings. Also check out interviews with European meeting planners who are shaping the industry in this neck of the woods.

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