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Good meeting design is cheaper than special effects

Conferences that Work

Far too much money is spent on meeting glitz at the expense of good meeting design. “There’s no budget” I’ve noticed over the years that every meeting has a budget for F&B. There’s often a budget for a dramatic big-name speaker or two. Seth Godin makes an analogous point in this post….

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Make the meeting bigger!

Conferences that Work

Most of the event industry and our clients continue to assume that if you can make the meeting bigger it’s a good thing. Online and hybrid meetings have seen less drastic reductions. One bright spot has been the normalization of online meetings for routine connection and collaboration. It ain’t necessarily so.

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Lessons from Anguilla: What meeting designers can learn from religious services

Conferences that Work

And yes, I admit it, during the second day of my vacation while enjoying the harmonies I hear, I’m jolted to think about religious meeting design…. Religious services are thought to be around 300,000 years old — by far the oldest form of organized meeting that humans have created. Breaks aren’t communal activities.

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3 Tips for Shifting to an Architectural Model for Meeting Design

Smart Meetings

Real meetings are all about content,” he says. You can skip just about any other part of a meeting—a venue, a meal, even a speaker and still be productive, but if there isn’t relevant content, then it isn’t a meeting.”. “You The power of meetings depends on the human dynamics they are capable of unleashing. “The

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The fairest rules for meetings

Conferences that Work

What are the fairest rules to use when running meetings? ” I think it’s reasonable to concentrate on fairness to participants : the majority of those involved with the meeting. All meetings have rules, whether overt or covert, conscious or unconscious, that influence how they proceed. Status and power at meetings.

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Don’t keep me a secret!

Conferences that Work

Since 1992, I’ve designed and facilitated hundreds of conferences and thousands of meetings. From small, high-level, high-stakes get-togethers to association regional and national meetings of every size. ” “Substance, not celebrity… celebrity speakers will not boost registrations. They love my work !

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Something is rotten in the state of meeting industry education

Conferences that Work

Over the last five years I’ve heard increasing concern from the meeting professionals community about the deterioration of the quality of our national industry conferences. I’ll illustrate with the area where I have most experience: providing education at these meetings.

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