When Your Conference Planning Process Eclipses Your Purpose

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When Conference Plans Land On Chutes. So many conference leaders, organizers and planning teams are obsessed with details, logistics and planning. Their plans actually obscure their conference’s vision. Putting The Planning Process Before The People.

Common, Yet Hazardous, Conference Planning Thinkholes That Inhibit Uniqueness

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Why do so many people rate the conference experience as stale, predictable and average at best? Why do conference leaders miss the mark at preparing their own unique DNA conference experience? We have lost our way to discovering our own conference DNA!

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Avoid These Hazardous Conference Planning Thinkholes [Part 2]

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Just like potholes, conference planning thinkholes can be an expensive problem for your event. They can create some major cavities and damage to your participants’ conference experience. Defining Conference Planning Thinkholes.

Top Tips to Avoid These Simple Event and Conference Planning Mistakes

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Planning conferences and events takes great organizational skill and a close attention to detail. Make plans to cope with all weather extremes, from providing extra drinking water in hot weather to umbrellas in wet weather.

Are We Creating The Wrong Type Of Conference Experiences?

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It’s as if Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore’s Experience Economy is just now hitting its stride—for conferences at least. The word is out: we’ve got to create conference experiences, not just conferences that feel like a patchwork quilt of our great grandmother’s dresses.

20 Ways to Modernize an Annual Meeting – Part 1

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If you want to breathe new life into your conference, and increase relevance for next-generation attendees, start with this kill/change list. Conference Planning annual meeting changes conference improvement conference sacred cows

What If Attendees Remember Nothing From Your Event?

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Ultimately, if there are no job improvements, then you, your company and the conference organizers have just experienced learning scrap. The Conference Copycat Critter: Quick Just Give Me The Highpoints So I Can Copy Them! Those copycat conference critters become victims of mimicry.

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The 21st Century Meeting Professional: Act Strategically, Think Both Functionally And Strategically

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What’s the role of the 21st Century meeting and conference professional? Perform very straight forward, transactional, functional tasks related to the logistics of conferences, meetings and events. Conference Customers Demand More.

Event Planning Proposals. How Do You Handle Rejection?

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Copycat Cookie-Cutter Conference Or Unique Event

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And the conference and events you plan can be unique too. As a one-of-a-kind meeting professional, you are called to create one-of-a-kind conferences. Still they just copy what everyone else is doing with their conference. Caged Conference Visions. You are unique.

Our Increased Distrust Of Institutions And What It Means To Your Association, Conference

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Big business, conferences, education, government, medicine, membership associations, nonprofits, professional societies, religious organizations, trade organizations, etc. Yes, your conference and your membership organization are customary, standard institutions. “I’m done with !”.

Relabel Conference Registrants

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A Momentous Catalyst To Conference Attendee Behavior Change. I am often asked how to get conference attendees to adopt 21 st Century learning habits. The majority of conferences treat attendees as consumers of information. Conference Planning Registrants Relabel

When Conference Participants Vote With Their Feet

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And one that we as conference organizers should pay attention to. So let’s dig deeper into the issue of people voting with their feet at your conference. Is your conference only a consumer-driven event? Or is your conference a leading transformational experience?

These Conference Big Ideas Are Not For The Trendy Meeting Professional

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This list of conference big ideas just doesn’t belong to the traditional, average conference planning process. Big Conference Ideas On The Road Less Traveled Part 2. Forming Teams Of Conference Culture Mavens. They have a role and place at a conference.

Mediocrity Is Your Biggest Conference Competitor

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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. It runs smoothly as planned.

Successful Conference Professionals Understand, Design And Offer Deep Learning Experiences To Attendees

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Most conferences offer some type of learning opportunities for their participants. Traditionally, the goal of conference education is to deliver as much information as possible as fast as possible to as many people as possible. Embrace Designing Deep Learning Conference Experiences.

Engaging the Five Senses in Event Planning

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Marketing plans often include strategies on how to communicate a company’s message. The best way to accomplish this is by engaging the five senses in event planning. So, why aren’t more event professionals engaging the five senses in event planning?

The Impact of Pride Events

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Creating The Highly Energized And Engaged Conference Participant

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Are 50%-80% of your conference attendees in your programming at any given time? One thing is certain, if your conference attendees are not fully engaged in the experience you provide, there is little, if any, chance that they will leave your event with any real ROI.

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7 Tradeshow Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Flourishing Conference Professionals Lead With Purpose

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As a conference organizer, how purpose-driven are you? Successful conference organizers are purpose-driven! They design conference experiences that become meaning-making opportunities for their participants. And they make their planning teams’ work important.

Why Your Conference Needs An Intrapreneur

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Are you making some changes to your annual conference? If you are, you need a conference intrapreneur! More than just one intrapreneur, you need a conference planning culture of intrapreneurship. Ultimately, you’ll want to develop a conference team of intrapreneurs.

Great Questions Define Great Conference Experiences

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It is much more effective to provide opportunities for conference participants to solve their own problems, then telling them how to solve it. Conference organizers automatically assume that if someone is attending their event, they expect the conference to help them solve their problems.

Getting Serious About Forecasting Future Conference Topics

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Savvy 21st Century conference organizers can effectively demonstrate strategic learning alignment of their conference networking and education programming. Smart conference professionals are skilled at articulating the value of their event’s networking and learning opportunities.

Evolve into a Caretaker of Content

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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. We believe that 21 st century conferences can no longer be all things to all people.

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Conferences Can Serve As Friendly Frontiers For The Insatiably Curious To Play

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Your conference could be a place for your customers to experience unrestricted curiosity and play. Curiosity and play are necessities you can’t afford to avoid at your conference. Creating Conference Spitball Shooting Participants.

Your Conference Needs To Focus On Providing 4D Experiences

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Conferences need 4D experiences: deep learning, deep play, deep reflection and deep connections. Your conference needs more than the gimmick of 3D glasses. Too many of our conference experiences lack depth and authenticity.

What Type Of Learning Experiences—Shallow, Advancement Or Deep–Are You Serving Customers?

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But most conference experiences have changed very little, if at all. So what type of conference education are you serving your customers—shallow learning, advancement learning or deep learning? What will it take to plan and provide deep learning approaches at your events?

Designing 21st Century Conference Learning Experiences And Spaces

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Our conference learning spaces affect our audience. Then we can focus on changing our conference participants’ learning spaces with the right goal in mind—nurturing their learning. Are You Putting Lipstick On Outdated Conference Education Models And Calling It A Success?

The Ironic Challenge Attracting Academics As Your Conference Target Market

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Many conferences depend upon academic researchers to present at their event. Yet that very research often puzzles their conference stakeholders. The Irony Of Academic Research And Conferences. Here’s the irony of academic research and conferences.

Attract With Content; Keep Them With The Experience

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And your conference audience does. Technology Disrupts Traditional Content-Driven Conferences. So why should someone pay a registration fee, book a flight and hotel rooms, and take a couple of days off from their normal work to attend your conference?

Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Event Timeline

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Having an event timeline is an integral part of the event planning process. The event timeline is your guiding company through the planning process. As stated before timelines keep your event and the planning process on track. Create Emergency Plans .

The Conference Big Idea Road Less Traveled That Harvests Success

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Most conferences are stuck in a rut! So how do you create a conference experience that is not like all the others? Start by considering one or more of these conference big ideas. They are the conference planning road less traveled that harvests success!

The Best Questions to Ask Your AV Company For An Amazing Event

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It can seem like a daunting task finding the right AV company for you. We know this so created a list of questions to ask your AV company, as well as why to ask them. These questions to ask your AV company will help you navigate through your options and make the best decision possible for your event.

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Super Control Freak Tendencies Stunt Your Conference Growth

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However, your love affair with control can also stunt your conference growth! You’re a conference organizer. Your conference growth will be restricted. When you hit that ceiling, the size of your conference shrinks back to the size of your personal span of care.

Specific Strategies To Take Your Conference Full Frontal!

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You can make your conference the purple cow of all conference experiences. By creating conference experiences that help your participants think smarter! This means designing conference experiences that go full frontal ! The Traditional Low Level Cognitive Conference.

Blow-The-Bugle-Awesome 21st Century Conferences Emulate These Core Beliefs

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Your conference-slip is showing! Well conference professionals, your conference-slip is showing. Six 21st Century Conference Core Beliefs. Here are six core conference beliefs we must begin to embrace to help our stakeholders succeed in the future.

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Four Personalization Strategies Conferences And Associations Can Adopt From Education

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Let’s separate reality from fiction regarding personalized conference experiences and personalized learning. Fact: Meeting professionals and conference vendors frequently confuse personalization with configurable conference experiences. So what is conference personalization?

Everything You Need To Know About Phoenix Comicon – #EventIcons Episode 79

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Phoenix Comicon creates a community where people passionate about pop culture come together. As a result, they bond over their passions and celebrate their inner geek through celebrity panels, interactive events and much more.

It Is Time For Some Conference Metrics Maintenance

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Just like regular preventive maintenance for your car, your conference needs regular preventive maintenance. The first place to start with a conference check-up is collecting the right data. Are you guilty of touting feel-good conference vanity metrics?