Conferences Need More Sharing

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

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

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

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

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

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The Conference Owner’s Guide To Customer Experience

Velvet Chainsaw

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?

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Supporting conference speakers

Gallus Events

Supporting conference speakers. A conference needs great content as much as a blog does. The conference organiser impacts the content as much as the speaker. As the conference organiser it is YOUR event and you are in charge, so you have to demand brilliant content.

Creating A Customer-Centric Conference Strategy

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

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Great Questions Define Great Conference Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

Configurable and Personalized Conference Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

Conference Programme Template

Gallus Events

There is no such thing as the “perfect” conference programme. However, there are a few key areas that a modern conference programme should contain. So in this spirit, I have uploaded a link to a conference programme template for a one day conference.

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. Have you normalized conference mediocrity as acceptable?

En Route For Next-Gen Conference Audiences

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

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Are We Creating The Wrong Type Of Conference Experiences?

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

25 Eye Catching Conference Stage Sets and Backdrops

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Here are a selection of conference sets and backdrops, to suit all event budgets. If your conference sets and backdrops have been looking a little samey or jaded recently you may need some new inspiration. Looking for inspiration for your next stage set?

Flourishing Conference Professionals Lead With Purpose

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

Patient-Centered Care Conferences

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

Creating The Highly Energized And Engaged Conference Participant

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

Designing 21st Century Conference Learning Experiences And Spaces

Velvet Chainsaw

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?

Embracing Otherness for Conference Uniqueness [Webinar]

Velvet Chainsaw

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

Velvet Chainsaw

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

Four Personalization Strategies Conferences And Associations Can Adopt From Education

Velvet Chainsaw

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?

How to chair a conference

Gallus Events

Making sure you get the most from your conference chair. Too many conference briefs are too logisitcally focussed: “Keep the conference to time”, “Lead the applause after each session”, “Don’t take a call when a speaker is speaking” (one of my conference chairs actually did this!)

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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The reason we run conferences

Gallus Events

Now, as any Conference Organiser will tell you, we don’t get hugs or high fives. At this stage, it is easy to forget why we choose to run a conference. The post The reason we run conferences appeared first on Gallus Events. Conference Architect Conferences & Congresse

Your Conference Needs To Focus On Providing 4D Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

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

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

conference moderation when to use a professional

Gallus Events

One of the earliest conversations I had with the Director General, at one of the associations where I worked, was to “advise” him that he should never again, chair one of our conferences. And indeed he did stop chairing our conferences.

Why Your Conference Needs An Intrapreneur

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

networking at conferences structuring connections

Gallus Events

Networking at conferences is always one of the top three reasons that attendees give for attending a conference. So first, a definition of structured networking at conferences: “Using the environment, meeting design or technology to ensure that the right conversations happen”. .

Conference Software Must Haves

Regpack

Your conference registration software should allow you to control the full lifecycle of your event, from registration to collecting payments to reporting on your ROI. Below is a list of features that are a must when evaluating registration software for your next conference event.

When Conference Participants Vote With Their Feet

Velvet Chainsaw

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?

The Conference Big Idea Road Less Traveled That Harvests Success

Velvet Chainsaw

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!

When Your Conference Planning Process Eclipses Your Purpose

Velvet Chainsaw

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. Their attention to detail and efficiency eclipses the conference purpose.

Why Your Conference Should be Target-Audience Obsessed

Velvet Chainsaw

In order to design relevant education and networking experiences at our conferences, we need to be focused to the point of obsession with our target audience. Over the past 18 months, we’ve carefully scrubbed and analyzed the attendance of 20 major conferences.

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

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

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

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

The Secrets Behind Conference Engagement

Conferences that Work

So you’re holding a conference. Read the full article at Conferences That Work. How are you going to get your audience tuned in and engaged?

The High-Impact Strategic Conference Revolution

Velvet Chainsaw

For too long we have settled for too little from our conferences and annual meetings. We have allowed our past planning procedures, our structures and outdated traditions to hinder and handicap our conference creativity, innovation and uniqueness. Let’s face it!

Getting Serious About Forecasting Future Conference Topics

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

Conferences Can Foster And Reclaim Authentic Conversations, Deep Connections And Transformational Community

Velvet Chainsaw

As a conference organizer, you can seed your annual meeting with experiences that nurture authentic conversations, deep connections and community. You can design, structure and facilitate conference experiences that foster and reclaim meaningful dialogue in an age of digital disruptions.

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How to make an empty conference room look full

Gallus Events

There is a common problem for many conference organisers: the “disappearing delegate” I covered the more traditional ways an event planner can look at to reduce the number of attendees who disappear towards the end of the day in a previous post.