Boards and Annual Conference Venues
MARCH 20, 2017
I've had two recent experiences that have made me think critically about an association board's role in selecting venues for their association's annual conference. The first was as a volunteer board member, witnessing (and participating in) an unfocused and opinion-laden discussion about where the association in question should be taking its annual conference. I called them on it.
Musings from the RSA Conference
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
RSA Conference is this week in San Francisco. This event is like the annual prom for the security industry—part conference, part trade show, part “place to be.” In the midst of all the Diet Cokes that I shared with various conference participants, a few musings about the world of security have become clear. First, the level of threat exposure has never been higher. SAFECode.
What Participants Expect From 21st Century Conference Experiences
JANUARY 30, 2017
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. They expect conferences that are authentic, connected, contextual, mobile, participatory, work-related and transparent. It Must Be An Emotional Experience.
Turning Post-Conference Euphoria into Action
AUGUST 7, 2013
The days after a major conference are filled with busy work, attending to all of the things you pushed off leading to the conference. I have 50,000 vendors calling me (yes they call me too, I know how you feel) some from conference and others I politely deferred before conference. The post Turning Post-Conference Euphoria into Action appeared first on YourMembership.com.
The Problems Attendees Experience at Conferences
Smooth The Path
JANUARY 24, 2017
Members love to talk about their conference experience during in-depth interviews with me. We spend a lot of time talking about their conference experience because the conference is where most members get the most value. Often members decide right at registration if they are going to get value out of the conference. Many conference attendees go to every session.
Cultivating Conference Kindness Not Cynicism
AUGUST 24, 2015
He didn’t like dealing with people, especially disgruntled conference stakeholders. As conference organizers, we can easily fall into today’s culture of cynicism. Instead of fostering and practicing conference kindness, we embrace a stoic armor of rightness, pessimism and skepticism. We see kindness as a dangerous crack in our conference confidence. Maria Popova.
Four Things that Turned This Association’s Annual Conference into a Member Recruiting Machine
Wild Apricot Blog
JANUARY 12, 2017
For many associations the annual conference is the biggest event of the year. But, what many associations don’t realize is that the annual conference can also be their biggest member recruiter. Here's how one association uses its annual conference to add hundreds of members each year. growth membership events annual-conference
Mediocrity Is Your Biggest Conference Competitor
MARCH 6, 2017
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. Too often our current conference planning processes focus on the greatest common denominator. Have you normalized conference mediocrity as acceptable?
The Conference Experience Starts Before the Conference
Smooth The Path
AUGUST 23, 2016
How do you create a great conference experience? By getting attendees ready for a great conference experience! Here are three new things to try out: Rock the pre-conference communications : What are the most common attendee mistakes or misunderstandings? What is the biggest pain point for your conference? How do you want attendees to feel at the conference?
What Is Your Conference ROM?
JULY 10, 2015
So what is your conference’s return on mission? Think of ROM as investments that should move the mission of your organization and conference forward in very real and tangible ways. So how are your investments in your conference moving the mission of your organization forward? Real Conference ROM Goes Beyond Attendee Satisfaction. The Mission Of Your Conference.
7 Tips to Making the Most of Conference
JULY 12, 2013
With less than a month away for ASAE I thought I’d share some social media prep work you can be doing to make the most of your conference attendance. With every conference there are two segments behind the social media activity – the event host/organization and the rest of the world. The post 7 Tips to Making the Most of Conference appeared first on YourMembership.com.
Forecasting The Future Of Conferences: Trends You Should Adopt Now
JANUARY 7, 2016
Your conference today is where it is based upon the decisions you as a conference organizer made in the past. The decisions you make today about your conference creates your conference’s future. You ability to anticipate your conference participants’ challenges and opportunities impact your ability to plan and strategize your conference.
Conferences During Hinge Times
JANUARY 11, 2016
Our conferences are planned to educate attendees for an era that no longer exists. Most of our conference attendees were educated on how to be right. In order for fearless, transformative conversations to occur, conference organizers must plan for and facilitate experiences that move conversations from power over others to power with others. Thus hinge time.
Bringing The Sexy Back To Conferences [And Conference Planning]
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
If you have ever attended a conference, you know how most of them feel. Some conference organizers try to innovate. Instead, you need to create your own conference style. Here are five tips to bring the sexy back to conferences and conference planning. We need to move the paying customer back to the center of the conference experience. Lather. It’s stale.
When Your Conference Planning Process Eclipses Your Purpose
JULY 21, 2016
When Conference Plans Land On Chutes. So many conference leaders, organizers and planning teams are obsessed with details, logistics and planning. They try to bring their conference into a new level of effectiveness by adding shiny tech tools, new audio visual production upgrades, trendy marquee speakers, and meeting efficiencies resulting in more plans.
How to Pick Forward Thinking Conference Topics
JANUARY 29, 2016
Much less how to apply forecasting to picking future-focused conference and education topics for my customers.”. Your organization’s conference and education topics need to be forward focused not best-practice or backwards focused on what worked for someone last year. Choosing The Right Conference Topics. Forecasting! Don’t worry you’re not alone. More Than Predictions.
Relabel Conference Registrants
JUNE 9, 2016
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. To Get Conference Registrants’ Buy-In For Behavior Change, First Re-Label Them. Conference Planning Registrants RelabelShift From Verb To Noun.
Misguided And Misinformed Conference Barometers
MAY 8, 2015
Many of us who plan conferences have become so busy at the logistics of the event that we lose sight of the goal. The over arching goals of the conference—providing networking, education, business leads and making a profit for the host organization—become eclipsed by the expectations of the organizing team. However attendance is not usually the primary goal of a conference.
When Conference Participants Vote With Their Feet
JULY 11, 2016
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? You have a limited amount of resources, money, time, conference retail space (room, agenda time, etc.)
Successful Conferences Link Learning To Business Performance
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
And the most successful conferences link their learning opportunities to their target market’s strategic business interest. Ultimately, these conference organizers understand that what happens back in the attendees’ office after the event is much more important that what happens at the conference. And it results in conference success and loyalty. Not really.
Good news foodies: Conference venues are listening
APRIL 28, 2015
At a conference dinner earlier this month, a bunch of us, hungry and tired, sat at the table joking that chicken was most likely on the menu. Sounds about right for a conference, yes? According to a new list by International Association of Conference Centres , such palate-pleasing spreads will soon be the norm. And it was. But we had salmon, too.
These Ideas Worked A Decade Ago For Your Conference But Not Today
JUNE 1, 2016
10-20 years ago, we saw conferences grow both in numbers and maturity. These days, our society, our culture and our conferences change. Outdated Ineffective Conference Ideas That We Think Worked A Decade Ago. What got you to your current conference status won’t get you there in the future! Nor do they see the conference as the sole source for networking for their tribe.
Your Conference Logo Needs Policing
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
Ok, you get it – Your Conference is a Brand. You’ve got your conference mission. You know how your conference will advance the profession and what’s in it for your participants. Design your conference logo. Creating A Conference Logo Why take the time to create visuals and a logo for your conference? Now it is time to put your hard work into action.
Four Ways To Attract NextGen Conference Participants
MAY 21, 2015
Attracting the next generation of participants is an urgent priority for most professional conference organizers. Too often we think that means injecting conference botox to give our event a more youthful, trendy hip vibe. Yet it is much more than giving our conference a face-lift. The Conference Demographic Bell Curve. Four Conference Design Principles.
Weak Ties Make Stronger Conferences
OCTOBER 3, 2013
Conference Connections. Conferences offer a unique opportunity for attendees to connect to people outside of their immediate sphere. Conference Ideas To Leverage Weak Ties. Related Stories Eight Unique Types Of Conference Relationships You Can Grow Conference Audiences Expect These Things [Updated] Improve Your Conference Lecture By Using These Questions For Peer Discussions.
365-Day Conferences Are Unrealistic
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
Conference organizers have been on a quest to create a 365-day community around their big annual event. Most conference organizers do a decent job of delivering education and networking value before and during the event. Pre-conference webinars, publishing attendee lists and leveraging mobile apps to facilitate like-minded connections are all great examples. Period.
Improving Conference Attendee Experiences
MARCH 19, 2012
Experiences are better when conferences are built around people. The conference experience greatly improves for all stakeholders when they are built around people and their relationships. Traditional Conference Experience. The traditional conference is built around logistics and content. Conferences Should Be Built Around People. Tweet. The Web Evolves.
Conference Circuit: Happy Campers
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
The American Camp Association’s 2017 ACA National Conference starts next week in Albuquerque. Conference: 2017 ACA National Conference. If you’d like us to consider your meeting for an upcoming Conference Circuit, contact Samantha Whitehorne at firstname.lastname@example.org. The post Conference Circuit: Happy Campers appeared first on Associations Now
3 Things Your Conference Attendees Want to Do on Their Phones [Research]
DECEMBER 12, 2016
Conference Management Mobile Strategy Event App77% of people say that when they’re attending live events they often (or always) use their smartphones for business. Another 13% say they sometimes use their smartphones, while only 10% say they rarely or never use their phones. That means that 90% of your event attendees are on their smartphones. So where are you?
Conference Education Should Drive Business Growth
APRIL 10, 2014
The only reason that conference education sessions exist is to drive a business’ outcomes. Ok, sure some conference education sessions exist for personal development, hobbies or pleasure. But most of us attend conferences to learn and grow professionally. Conference education that aligns with attendees’ business priorities is not a new thought. Lack Of Business Acumen.
Flipping Conference Education For Successful Learning
MARCH 28, 2014
So what is the flipped conference education session? In short, the term is used to describe any format where there is a pre-recorded or pre-conference feature. It might be a lecture on video, recorded PPT presentation or pre-conference webinar. The in-class conference session is then used for discussion, activities or exercises. Flipped conference education: 1.
Bringing Authentic Conference Conversations To Life
APRIL 16, 2014
Peer conversations are more important to your conference than you know. You know when it’s happening at conferences because the rooms are buzzing with discussions. The Industrial Conference Is Dead. Most of us still depend upon and expect an outdated model of conferences: the industrial conference. Shifting Our Thinking About Conversations And Conferences.
Attitudes That Separate Growing, Healthy Conferences From Declining Ones
JUNE 10, 2015
So what’s the difference between a growing, healthy conference and a declining one? Leadership—boards, committees, volunteers, staff—of growing, healthy conferences share some common attitudes. And leaders of declining conferences share similar outlooks as well. Here are five leadership attitudes that impact conferences. And so conference planning teams respond.
Four Basic Conference Principles You Must Adopt
SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
Which would you rather create for your conference attendees? Unfortunately, most conferences are nothing more than brain drains. The Traditional Conference Tension. Conference organizers have to balance a common tension: fill seats versus creating a unique attendee experience. Usually, conference organizers land on the side of trying to fill as many seats as possible.
Delivery or Discovery? The Dueling Conference Competitors
JANUARY 21, 2014
Which is more important to your attendees’ conference experience? There lies the tension for 21st Century Conferences offering education sessions. The Faulty Premise For Conference Delivery As A Priority. In most conference experiences, an attendee’s role is to consume information and knowledge that is hypothetically scarce. The Conference Education Shift.
Fostering Planned Serendipity At Conferences
OCTOBER 28, 2014
We’ve all experienced it at a conference. You leave the conference with new connections that will continue to grow and tell your friends and co-workers it was the best “networking” experience you’ve ever had at a conference. Networking is the most intangible and high-value benefit to the conference ROI equation. Some people call it luck. Others call it fate.
Conference Improvement Means People Improvement
JUNE 2, 2014
The quality of a conference’s education program cannot exceed the quality of its speakers. The greatest variance in our conferences relates to our presenters. In short, a conference education program cannot give what it does not have. Conferences Exist For People Improvement. When you talk about improving conferences, you are talking about improving people.
Creating A Stronger Conference Story
MAY 7, 2012
Emmy-winning former Wall Street Journal and NBC journalist, author , inventor and business consultant Kare Anderson shares her thoughts on creating a stronger conference story. 00:30 – Creating A Conference Story. 03:46 – Threading And Theming A Conference. 04:25 – Creating A Conference Culture Of Learning. Tweet. What do vacations and colonoscopies have in common?
Growing Conference Technology Competency To Increase Your Value
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
As a conference organizer, how would you rank your competency regarding conference technologies like registration, speaker management databases, exhibits, conference apps, wayfinding signage, email marketing, CRM data bases and social media? Rarely do they align their meeting technology decisions with the conference strategy. Here are five tips to get you started.
Conferences Need a Strategic Purpose
APRIL 11, 2016
Does your annual conference have a documented purpose or strategy? Defining the Conference Purpose. Here’s a guide to help you down the strategic path of articulating your conference purpose: Owners – Identify task-force or committee members that will be charged with the responsibility. The conference is our investment back into the profession. all you can eat buffet?