Elevate Your Conference Education

Velvet Chainsaw

There’s never been a better time than right now to reimagine your education programming for your first in-person conference in some time, for many—in over two years. Conference education sessions have long been considered the main course of the event, yet typically they reek of status quo.

2022 Conference Registration Pacing

Velvet Chainsaw

The post 2022 Conference Registration Pacing appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw. Before March of 2020, pacing data was a useful tool for predicting final attendance and revenue. If you were pacing behind, you could make midcourse corrections.

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7 Design Considerations for Your Conference Hub

Velvet Chainsaw

High-tech user conferences like Dreamforce and Microsoft Ignite have been designing innovative hub spaces to engage and nurture their top customers for years. A conference hub should be a destination that participants want to go to when not attending sessions or walking the expo hall.

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5 Post-Pandemic Conference Program Design Changes

Velvet Chainsaw

As it becomes more apparent that face-to-face events will return in some form this year, conference organizers have an opportunity to make changes that would have been more difficult to sell up the ladder in the past. Long-term traditions can deter next-generation conference participants.

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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.

Designing conferences to solve participants’ problems

Conferences that Work

What makes attending conferences worthwhile? As I described in Conferences That Work , the two most common reasons for attending conferences are to learn useful things and make useful connections. But there are numerous other ways that conferences provide value to stakeholders.

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Conference Compass [Review]

EventMB

Conference Compass is a customizable hybrid event platform with a comprehensive set of features including built-in live streaming, multi-track agendas, multi-level floor plans, advanced CRM integration, gamification, and lead capture. Conference Compass: What Is It?

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Conference Innovation While Traveling at Warp Speed

Velvet Chainsaw

Not every effort was a rousing success but attempting to inject new conference elements made us more nimble, creative and smarter as a team. What should we expect for hybrid or virtual conference attendance? Navigating change during a crisis is not for the faint of heart.

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2021 Virtual-Conference Big Ideas

Velvet Chainsaw

In 2020, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors were more forgiving of our virtual conferences than they will be in 2021. Use this opportunity to beta test changes that can be carried over to the next in-person conference.

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Make your entire conference a braindate

Conferences that Work

Why not make your entire conference a braindate? I like the braindate approach , but it doesn’t have to be something that’s grafted onto a conference. Because good event design is about how a conference works. Instead make your entire conference a braindate!

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Fostering a Winning Conference Culture

Velvet Chainsaw

But when it gets to “go time,” does that culture manifest at your conferences and meetings? Her boss apparently thought she should spend all her time out “doing meeting planning” and not hanging out in a hotel conference room. Make colleagues and vendors feel welcome and involved in conference operations. Conference staff are not able to do everything! How can you make your conference culture more open and transparent?

Conference Organizers: What Is Your Duty of Care?

Velvet Chainsaw

Over the next year or so, conference organizers will need to define their responsibilities for duty of care, as well as what is expected of those who choose to attend your conference in person. How will they help ensure duty of care throughout the conference?

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The Physics Of Conference Entropy

Velvet Chainsaw

In physics, the second law of thermodynamics says all things—bodies, businesses, conferences, energy, organizations, relationships—move toward chaos and disorder. As your conference matures, it experiences entropy. As a conference professional, you know this to be true. It is also the natural law of evolution for any conference. Working to create a great conference experience for your customers is no longer a good baseline for success to paraphrase Conrad.

Stop treating adults like children at your conferences

Conferences that Work

Please stop treating adults like children at your conferences. So, please stop treating adults like children at conferences. Though I remember a few conferences I attended where such activities would have made a distinct improvement.

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Does Your Conference Need an Emcee?

Velvet Chainsaw

She is responsible for ensuring that the conference’s objectives are met and that the audience is engaged from beginning to end. The post Does Your Conference Need an Emcee? Having an emcee at your event was a nice-to-have prior to 2020. Now it’s a must-have.

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Beyond Hybrid: Repackaging Your Conference Content

Velvet Chainsaw

Over the past nine months, many industry experts have proclaimed that meetings and conferences are forever changed and hybrid is here to stay. Conference content product management requires a good deal of business acumen.

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Get Conference Inspiration from Trusted Peer Connections

Velvet Chainsaw

In spite of all the bad, there is also much that is positive for the next phase of association conferences. The post Get Conference Inspiration from Trusted Peer Connections appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw. Conference Planning Hybrid & Virtual

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Are science conferences stuck in the Dark Ages?

Conferences that Work

A recent Wired article argues that “ Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages “ Unsurprisingly, I agree — but there’s some light in the darkness! Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Are science conferences stuck in the Dark Ages?

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Five Reasons to Change Conferences

Conferences that Work

Here’s my article “ Five Reasons to Change Conferences “ , published in the December 2018, NSA Speaker magazine. OUTSIDE IN Five Reasons to Change Conferences Peer sessions provide greater connection around content The most important reason people go to conferences is to usefully connect with others around relevant content. But our conference programs still focus on lectures, where a few experts broadcast their knowledge to passive listeners.

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27 years of peer conferences

Conferences that Work

The first peer conference I convened and designed was held June 3 – 5, 1992 at Marlboro College, Vermont. So, as of today, the community of practice that eventually became edACCESS has enjoyed 27 years of peer conferences. Twenty-three people came to the inaugural conference. 27 years of peer conferences. Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post 27 years of peer conferences appeared first on Conferences That Work.

Top 2020 Event Conferences

Attendease

The events industry has been behind some of the most innovative tech conferences in the past decade. Opening the doors for new business prospects, these conferences are places where the top professionals meet and showcase their innovative concepts and bold theories for the future.

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How to entwine content and connection during an online conference

Conferences that Work

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. We made it available at every break in the conference program.

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Nine conference mythodologies

Conferences that Work

Here are nine mythodologies about conferences. At least half the sessions programmed at traditional conferences are not what attendees want. Mythodology: A “ conference curator ” can improve the quality of your conference content. Reality : Sadly, conference curators don’t exist. Mythodology: Conference programs should be stuffed full of sessions so there’s something of interest for everyone.

Six Attributes of Successful Women’s Conferences

Velvet Chainsaw

While things have changed, these tenets will hold true and the principles can be applied to other D&I conferences and events. The six attributes of women’s leadership conferences that have stood out for me: [1] Movement. Women’s conferences are often shorter one or two-day programs.

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Making The Common Conference Uncommon

Velvet Chainsaw

Who wants to attend a common, ordinary, ho-hum, everyday , I’m-just-like-all-the-others traditional conference? Your conference growth and revenue depends upon repeat paying attendees year after year. And your customer loyalty is built upon making your common conference uncommon. Routine Been-There-Done-That Conferences. When your conference experience is no-frills run-of-the-mill…. And when your conference content can be found on the web for free….

More Conference Physics: Inertia

Velvet Chainsaw

However, a conference at rest, tends to die. The enemy of most conferences is the way it’s always been. When inertia influences your conference, it’s planned by the way you’ve always done it, programmed full of (past) best practices and destined to become average, slowly suffocating on its own status quo. Cognitive and organizational inertia keeps an association on its current conference course even when facing disruptive or rapid external changes.

6 Post-Pandemic Tips From the Planner of the TED Conference

EventMB

The annual TED Conference is an invitation-only affair that draws more than 2,000 experts, visionaries, and influencers from all over the world. TED head of conferences Monique Ruff-Bell, a 23-year veteran of the events industry, shares her takeaways.

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How Much Has Covid Affected the World of Virtual Conferences?

Velvet Chainsaw

Leading learning firm Tagoras has launched another round of its virtual conferences survey , the results of which will be compared to its last round, conducted near the beginning of the pandemic. The post How Much Has Covid Affected the World of Virtual Conferences?

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Conference Go/No-Go Decisions in a Pandemic

Velvet Chainsaw

The Conference Board has the best we’ve come across so far: May Reboot – quick recovery. In the beginning of this crisis, organizers of major conferences and trade shows were canceling with very little lead time.

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Why people continue to speak for free at meeting industry conferences

Conferences that Work

Why people continue to speak for free at meeting industry conferences : Another issue of an occasional series— Dear Adrian — in which I answer questions about event design, elementary particle physics , solar hot water systems, and anything else I might conceivably know something about. My post Why don’t meeting conferences pay speakers? This group has become far more common at meeting industry conferences over the years.

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Benefits of Conferences Going Virtual

GEVME

With the advent of the pandemic, virtual conferences became a popular go-to option for many event organisers. Even while at the time of writing, some parts of the world are returning to normalcy, virtual events , particularly virtual conferences, are here to stay.

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Three differences between genuine and phony experiential conferences

Conferences that Work

a social or a group discussion) and claim their event is now “experiential” So what are the differences between genuine and a phony experiential conferences? Read the full article at Conferences That Work The post Three differences between genuine and phony experiential conferences appeared first on Conferences That Work. Conferences That Work goes to Japan! The first Conferences That Work peer conference held in Japan begins today!

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Two scientists walk into a conference…

Conferences that Work

One of the most satisfying outcomes of the peer conferences I design and facilitate is how they bring people together who would never otherwise have met — and in doing so change the world. This is obviously important, but why do world-changing connections seldom occur at conventional conferences ? It’s an honor to work on a classic Conferences That.

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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.

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Four reasons why traditional conferences are obsolete

Conferences that Work

Previously, I’ve described three major trends that make traditional conference formats obsolete: No longer knowing in advance what attendees want to learn ; The rise of online ; and. During the last two or three decades, learning from our peers—on the job, via our social networks, and at conferences— has become far more important than classroom learning. ” Say goodbye to traditional conferences — and say hello to peer learning!

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conference activities

SevenEvents

The post conference activities appeared first on Seven Events. Activities Conference Organisation Event Management conference eventprofs Events teambuilding

Monetizing Your Virtual Conference When Competing with Free

Velvet Chainsaw

The dynamics that we’re seeing impact conferences and their business models are very similar to the Freemium movement we experienced way back in 2009. Go ahead and read Seth’s post and then come back for the linkage to conference monetization.

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Star Struck: Identifying Your Conference North Star

Velvet Chainsaw

The North Star is the perfect metaphor for your annual conference purpose. When your conference purpose serves as a North Star, it guides all decisions, tasks, behaviors and strategy. Uncovering Your North Star Conviction To Find Conference True Target Market. Before your conference can find its true target market, you as the conference organizer must find your conviction. What’s your conference conviction? What’s your conference North Star?

Conference Innovation Through Paradigm Busting

Velvet Chainsaw

These mental models are deeply embedded in our conference planning and management practices. Savvy conference organizers realize that their mental models have much more influence over their outcomes than their decisions and actions. To be successful in the future, conference organizers must become paradigm busters–examining, challenging and changing their conventional mental models. This is especially true of our conference mental frameworks.

6 Strategies to Find Your Conference Keynote and Other Speakers

Eventbrite UK

Are you struggling to find conference speakers? Your speakers and panellists are an important part of your conference. The post 6 Strategies to Find Your Conference Keynote and Other Speakers appeared first on Eventbrite UK. You’re not alone.

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