Getting More Value from Conference Keynote Speakers

Velvet Chainsaw

Not long ago, becoming a professional speaker was a third step in a thought leaders career path. Keynote speakers should be chosen wisely. How your audience responds will have a direct impact on your conference’s brand image and credibility. From a conference design perspective, we believe the current best practice is to bookend your conference by opening with a strong-thought provoking speaker and closing with inspiration.

Adrian Segar Speaker Tips Interview

Conferences that Work

workshop for Dutch professional moderators, I was interviewed by Otto Wijnen about speaker and presentation tips for making presentations more effective by incorporating active learning. Read the full article at Conferences That Work Related posts: Participate! The key to successful 21st century conferences Attend Participate!, Face The Fear—Then Change Your Conference Design! presenting speaker tipsAfter a one-day Participate!


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5 Key Requirements for Speakers

PCMA Convene

I t wasn’t too long ago that becoming a professional speaker was the third step a thought leader took in his or her career. In the digital age, thought leaders establish a following by cultivating an online presence, thereby skipping a step on the path to becoming a qualified speaker. This is good news for planners, who now have more options than ever for speakers. Five boxes you should check before selecting a keynote speaker: 1. Forward Thinking Speakers

Evolve into a Caretaker of Content

Velvet Chainsaw

Imagine designing your next conference or annual meeting from scratch around content instead of picking up the template you’ve been using for years and tweaking it. Please stop designing content for events and start thinking about designing events for the content.” If you, as an organizer of a conference, want the audience to embrace your content and share it, they have to own it, Kothari added.

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Hybrid Meetings Doomed to Failure? Not So Fast

Velvet Chainsaw

I’ll admit that in 2011, when the Virtual Edge Institute (now called the Digital Experience Institute) first co-located its conference with the Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders, the experience fell flat for me. and encouraged and vetted questions to ask of the speaker at the appropriate times. The speaker, Sourabh Kothari, also a DES, presenting on how content should drive conference design , welcomed the virtual audience, but didn’t dwell on us.

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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. I’ve experienced plenty of bias against comprehensive event design since I began developing participant-driven and participation-rich meetings in 1992.

Mediocrity Is Your Biggest Conference Competitor

Velvet Chainsaw

Your real conference competition is not that event held six months after yours. Today’s technology driven, hyper-connected, instant gratification, real-time world puts you as a conference organizer in a difficult position. You’re expected to deliver highly participatory, forward-thinking, experience-driven, sensory-laden, learner-centered, performance-focused conferences that move the needle for your customers. We aggregate speaker proposals.

How Social Media Examiner Grew Conference Volunteers by 200%


Social Media Marketing World , held by Social Media Examiner (SME), is a conference designed for social media experts. Their speakers have complete confidence in their field and even boast that they can teach attendees how to get a 10X return on investment.

Tech Star: Sinead Murphy, Director of Live Events, Web Summit

Connect Your Meetings

Web Summit, an internet tech conference held in Portugal, has seen exponential growth since it launched as a meetup for 400 tech investors in 2010. Expected to attract more than 50,000 attendees this November, the growing conference designed to connect startups with investors is no match for the planner behind it all. The show floor includes multiple stages that host speakers and panels nonstop, and has rows of close-quartered booths changing out daily with new startups.

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Twitter Accounts all #EventTech Pros Should Follow


The Event Nerd is a passionate advocate for bringing new technology into event experience, and covers everything from conference coverage to event marketing to everyday tech and words of wisdom. Founder of event marketing consulting agency DAHLIA+, creator and curator of the popular DAHLIA+ Daily newsletter, in demand public speaker, and CMP. Chief Imaginator at the Event Nerd, former Special Event Magazine”30 Under 40” recipient, and award winning event producer.

Scientific Meetings That Aren’t Afraid to Experiment

PCMA Convene

Several scientific and medical conferences are changing to meet the demand. has been to many conferences. who conducts research in vector biology and mycology, is also a regular conference-goer. Certainly, some scientific conferences are guilty as charged.

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Virtual Events 2021: The #1 List of Virtual Events and Conferences


The most authoritative list of 2021 virtual events and conferences on the internet. Virtual Events & Conferences in 2021. It is the only conference of its kind where attendees can obtain real-world knowledge and training that is not vendor-run. National ESEA Conference.

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6 Events for Business Owners in 2019 & 2020

Tito Blog | An Event Blog for Organisers

Bringing together 40 startups, 70+ speakers, and representatives from over 20 countries, this ecosystem will be a welcome place for business owners to sink their teeth into real-life wisdom from those who have been in their shoes, and run with them. When you first visit the website for FallUp , you might be wondering why I’ve sent you to a student conference when I’m supposed to be recommending events for business owners, so let’s look a little closer.

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2019 Marketing Conferences: The #1 Marketing Events Guide


Attending conferences is one of the best ways to stay ahead in the ever-changing marketing industry. We've compiled a list of 70+ marketing conferences, summits and other events that focus on a wide range of topics from SEO, to social media, to content marketing. Let's review the type of events you'll see in this list: Conferences - Conferences are large scale events that bring together people in the same industry to learn more about marketing. January Conferences.

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#FICP Just Pulled Off a Masterclass in Creating Meaningful Connections

Smart Meetings

When more than 750 financial and insurance conference professionals converged at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes the first week of November for FICP Annual Conference 2018, the message that event professionals need to move from simply managing logistics to helping people make meaningful connections was loud and clear in word and deed. That is why closing a conference with a dramatic celebration—or at least a sweet dessert course—is so important.

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2019 40 Under 40: Heather Wakefield, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society

Connect Your Meetings

I have a combined deep industry knowledge with experience design and project management, while maintaining excellent stakeholder relationships to elevate customer engagement in my company’s annual conference. I have since worked for two additional medical specialty associations and have grown in my responsibility and understanding of all aspects of annual conference design and execution.

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25 best Social Media conferences in 2019


It’s a commonly known fact that global conferences have numerous advantages. Conferences can equip attendees in new skills, business contacts and increase their awareness of new industry trends. To have your finger on a pulse of the latest news and solutions, the best way is to participate in the best Social Media conferences that will cover the topic. We gathered a list of 25 best social media conferences you don’t want to miss out on.

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. “In surface learning, the session reflects the knowledge and skills of the speaker. The speaker covers as much as they can as fast as they can.

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#FICP Just Pulled Off a Masterclass in Creating Meaningful Connections

Smart Meetings

When more than 750 financial and insurance conference professionals converged at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes the first week of November for FICP Annual Conference 2018, the message that event professionals need to move from simply managing logistics to helping people make meaningful connections was loud and clear in word and deed. That is why closing a conference with a dramatic celebration—or at least a sweet dessert course—is so important.

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How the Future of Storytelling Can Change the Way We Meet

PCMA Convene

The underlying philosophy of the storytelling-technology conference “is to celebrate the changing nature of the audience,” Melcher said. “In To set the stage for collaboration and the exchange of high-level ideas, Melcher found that he had to think about reinventing not just storytelling but conference design. “We We really had to blow up the conference model,” Melcher said in an interview with Convene. This is not your ordinary conference. THE SPEAKERS . ‘A

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Elevate Human Interaction

PCMA Convene

In that future, she predicts, “very abstract things” like conferences will fulfill a growing need in society. . “Conferences are the business of humans and are very abstract things,” Martinez said, “because one goes to a conference to acquire knowledge, but mostly to meet other people who can ignite ideas. But if you want wisdom, you go to a conference. ” Big Ideas Event Design Global Meetings Meetings & Your Brain Technology Trends

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Event Engagement: How to Get Attendees Excited About Complex Concepts

Tito Blog | An Event Blog for Organisers

Plus, if your conference or event focuses on complex topics and themes, your attendees might end up overwhelmed if you don’t put in extra work to make your sessions and events interactive and tangible. With all that in mind, today we’re sharing a conversation I recently had with Paul Rayner, founder of Explore DDD Conference , a domain-driven design-focused event that takes place annually in Denver, Colorado. ” What is Domain-Driven Design?

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2019 Tech Conferences: The #1 Tech Events Guide


The most authoritative 2019 tech conferences directory on the web. Or looking to wrap up 2018 with an exceptional conference? This carefully curated conference directory features over 200 (and growing) 2019 tech conferences across multiple industries. Conferences - Conferences are the backbone of the tech events industry and can be both B2C or B2B events. In other instances, summits function exactly like conferences. 2019 Technology Conferences.

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Best in Show 2016

PCMA Convene

Nominated by Tina Squillante, CMP, for a completely revamped American Society of Transplantation conference in 2013 “I brought in a lot of new ideas, and I was doing things in a new way in a very short period of time. Nominated by Cori Dossett, CEM, CMP, Conferences Designed “I have worked with Brittany several times in the past year. Debbie Heckler, Conference Services Manager, Radisson Austin Downtown.

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40 Outstanding Event Industry Blogs to Follow

Endless Events

Corbin Ball is an international speaker, consultant and writer dedicated to helping clients use technology more efficiently for improved productivity. Meetings & conferences. Conferences That Work. Conferences That Work is the creation of conference design and facilitation legend Adrian Segar. His blog is a deep-dive into conference engagement and the fundamentals of successful networking like comfort, interaction and the exchange of ideas.

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How Deep Science Ventures’ Inma Martinez Puts a Human Spin on All Things Tech

PCMA Convene

In that future, she sees “very abstract things” like conferences fulfilling a growing need in society. The initial cohort of people was scientists and engineers, and more and more we got designers and product people involved. Most people think that design is something that makes things pretty, but really it’s not. Design resolves challenges. I was a contractor at [design firm] IDEO in the early 2000s. But if you want wisdom, you go to a conference.

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Event Jobs | January 2018

Event Leadership Institute

Design & Event Coordinator | AlliedPRA | Chandler, AZ. Program Manager (in Event Planning) | Convention Designs LLC | Denver, CO. Conference & Event Specialist | Yale University | New Haven, CT. Event Manager, External Speaker and Production | SpectraForce | Stamford, CT. Graphic Designer / Events Planner | University of Miami | Coral Gables, FL. Design & Event Coordinator | AlliedPRA | Chicago, IL.

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TME Top 15 Meeting, Event, and Technology Must Read Blogs

The Modern Event

Adrian Segar’s blog is for the corporate meeting professional; creating “relevant, memorable conferences.” The site acts as a resource for conference design and facilitation with tips, Q&As, and great examples. A speaker at industry events, this expert has all the answers.

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