Making The Common Conference Uncommon

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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.

Star Struck: Identifying Your Conference North Star

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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.

Conference Innovation Through Paradigm Busting

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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. Surfacing our cognitive conference constructs.

Corporate Conference Planning Checklist

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The unique story of any conference should begin with the goal and then a detailed plan on how to reach this goal. If you understand your target audience, it’s not a challenge to build such a conference vision. What is a corporate conference planning checklist? After a conference.

Do Not Be Seduced By Meeting Fads Or Conference Trends

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Most conference and meeting professionals want the coolest, hippest, latest ideas and trends for their events. We want to know what unique things other conferences are doing so we can borrow their ideas. We pursue fads, gimmicks and trends as the silver bullets of our conference woes.

The Conference Owner’s Guide: From Conference Touchpoints To Journey Experiences Part 1

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Too often conference and meeting professionals assume that their role is best suited to planning and executing the conference. I get that from the education section or the conference technical teams.”. They own designing the conference customers experience journey.

Conferences Need More Sharing

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One of the strongest intangible attributes of a healthy conference is how much sharing takes place. Conversely, conferences that have a higher deal-making quotient tend to hold their cards closer to their chests. The post Conferences Need More Sharing appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw.

Refactor Your Conference Archaic Planning Routines

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Conference organizers and their planning teams should understand, identify and quash organizational debt. Refactoring As A Metaphor For Conference Improvement. Thus we refactor to improve the conference experience for our customers. Consider it as your conference source code.

Start Your Conference Improvement Process With Enrollment

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As conference organizers, we frequently ignore the evidence all around us of what’s working and what’s not. Often our conference planning teams and volunteer advisors follow our lead as we give more precedent to what feels right.

Conference Purpose With Power And Participants Leads To Profitability

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Now imagine someone asking your conference participants that question. Then they would launch into a passionate description of your event’s annual Party with a Purpose, its pre-conference feel-good community service projects and its ongoing student scholarship fundraisers.

Transition Becomes Your New Conference Threshold

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As you embark on a new vision of conference renovation and reform, you may feel that you are crossing from a comfortable, familiar space to one that is unknown and unsettling. Conference Improvement As Your Threshold To New Growth. What’s your favorite room in your home?

Abandon All But Tomorrow When Planning Your Conference

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Yet deciding to abandon a conference programming element can clear the way for new successful traditions to take hold. It is creating a habit of regularly questioning every conference planning practice and programming component that we currently use.

The Conference Owner’s Guide: Steps 2-5 To Transition From Conference Touchpoints To Journey Experiences

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Once you’ve observed the conference through the lens of your target customer and gained insights from conference data, you can move to the next steps. These steps are critical for you and your conference planning teams to embrace, enlist and employ.

The Conference Owner’s Guide To Customer Experience

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Who owns the overall experience that customers have at your conference? Who oversees and manages the conference customers’ journey? Or perhaps no one is considering the holistic experience of your conference customer? Do you know what your conference target market customer wants?

The Conference Debt You Cannot Afford

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There is one debt every conference organizer must face and vanquish. It can cripple a conference. Anyone striving to build a 21st century sustainable conference needs to understand organizational debt, how it impacts their event and how to prevent it.

What Participants Expect From 21st Century Conference Experiences

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Everything we take for granted about conferences, and planning them, faces disruption. Participants from all generations and cultures increasingly expect conferences to mirror their work and personal lives. Savvy conference organizers meet these disruptions head-on.

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.

Steps To Minimize And Prevent Your Conference Organizational Debt

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Ultimately, we must take steps to minimize and prevent accrual of conference organizational debt. Read more about conference organizational debt here , how to refactor organizational debt here and the interest you pay on conference organizational debt here.

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.

Your Conference Content Has Magnetic Pull

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Likewise, many conference professionals have no idea what embracing the long-tail, pull benefits of content marketing even means. Most marketing and communications teams agree that content marketing serves as the foundation to their conference marketing strategy.

Your Conference As A Giving Field

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We are used to thinking of our conference and its planning process as a one-way transaction from the company to its customers. We may even dread working with a new conference advisory committee due to our negative past experiences. The Traditional Transactional Conference Model.

Configurable and Personalized Conference Experiences

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The mass-personalization wave that is dramatically changing what and how we buy as consumers has application to conferences. Application to Conferences. In my opinion, the first item — individualizing a conference experience for every attendee — isn’t scalable today.

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. Have you normalized conference mediocrity as acceptable?

Creating A Customer-Centric Conference Strategy

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Established, successful conferences have leadership that are usually adept at incrementally improving their event each year. Conference organizers must focus on both their customers’ needs—their pain points and problems to solve—and their aspirations—their wants and professional goals.

Challenging Our Conference Mental Models To Build Future Effective Events

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And just as important, how and what do we think about our conferences and events? How do we understand our conference planning processes, its underlying assumptions, and our customers, partners, exhibitors, and stakeholders? Your Conference Mental Models Control You.

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.

Three Core Conference Planning Tenets To Master And Skillfully Apply

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Does your conference committee practice organized abandonment and avoid no-bottom-line-mindsets? How are they at focusing on the purpose, goals and target market of the conference when making decisions? These three principles are vital to maintaining a healthy, strong conference.

Patient-Centered Care Conferences

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Impact on Healthcare Conferences? Here are four questions (and tips) for your conference committee to consider as they navigate this changing landscape: 1. Tip: have each conference committee member reach out to five to ten key attendees to understand their pressing priorities.

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. Purpose-Driven Conference Organizers’ Mindset.

En Route For Next-Gen Conference Audiences

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This is the first of two posts that are intended to be a helpful resource for conference organizers as they develop their attendee succession-plan strategy. Key Indicators For Most Conferences. The post En Route For Next-Gen Conference Audiences appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw.

Embracing Otherness for Conference Uniqueness [Webinar]

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The future success of your conference will depend on changing your culture to be one of inclusiveness. Want to know more on how you can infuse your conference culture with Radical Hospitality? However, conference radical hospitality welcomes all people, just as they are.

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

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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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?

An innovative conference competition format

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My Dutch friend and expert moderator, Jan Jaap In der Maur , recently shared an innovative format for an in-conference pitch competition he devised for the Conventa Crossover Conference , in Ljubljana, Slovenia: “There were also the Conventa Crossover Awards.

How to Get Creative with Conference Staging Ideas

Endless Events

As you know, conferences are the bread and butter of event planners. You plan so many conferences of a similar nature each year that it can be easy to get stale. But, just because conferences have a heavy business-focus, doesn’t mean they need to be (or should be) lifeless!

When History Is Weaponized To Keep Your Conference Stuck In The Past

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Ultimately, weaponizing your conference’s history when making future decisions is lazy thinking. Common Conference Conventional Wisdom. When planning future events and conferences, we stake our claim in conventional wisdom. We’ve always done it this way and it’s worked.

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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.

Take Your Conference Full Frontal

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It’s time to take your conference full frontal! It’s time to challenge and encourage your conference stakeholders to focus on engaging their brains at a higher level. It’s time to develop conference experiences that help your stakeholders think smarter.

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.