Continuing Education: Not Just for Meetings and Conferences Anymore

YourMembership Blog

According to the Community Brands Member Engagement and Loyalty Study, meetings and conferences, which traditionally have emphasized training and continuing education, are one area where association professionals (Pros) are very focused.

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.

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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. Conference staff are not able to do everything!

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.

Annual Conference Mode

Eric Lanke

On the day this posts, my association's Board meeting and Annual Conference will be two short weeks away. This has traditionally been my time to enter what I call my "Annual Conference Mode."

Good news foodies: Conference venues are listening

Aaron Wolowiec

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? Farm-to-food eating is gaining popularity across the globe, so conference venues are taking note.

Do Not Be Seduced By Meeting Fads Or Conference Trends

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

Musings from the RSA Conference

Association Management

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.” Finally, I was pleased to see the conference include a track this year on.

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.

The Conference Lecture Paradox

Velvet Chainsaw

When talking about conference education, most people think about the traditional lecture. It is perceived as the holy grail of much of the conference. Our Love/Hate Affair With Conference Lectures. Five Myths Of Interactive, Participatory Learning For STEM Conferences.

Developing Your Conference Story Arc To Activate Participants’ Brains

Velvet Chainsaw

Applying a story arc to the conference can activate participants’ brains. You can use the story arc concept to carefully craft the messages and issues you want your conference participants to explore, experience and learn. So exactly how do you use a story arc for your conference?

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. Cognitive and organizational inertia keeps an association on its current conference course even when facing disruptive or rapid external changes.

What Is Your Conference ROM?

Velvet Chainsaw

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?

Conference Circuit: American Orchestras

Associations Now

The League of American Orchestras’ 74th National Conference begins next week in Nashville. Conference: 74th National Conference. If you’d like us to consider your meeting for an upcoming Conference Circuit, contact Samantha Whitehorne at swhitehorne@asaecenter.org.

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.

Designing Conference Customers, Not Just Traditional Conferences

Velvet Chainsaw

We are thinking about conference innovation from the wrong perspective. We usually think about conference innovation as something we create for our paying attendees. Conference innovation is a way to design attendees! Evolving Your Conference Customer.

Conference Reform Requires Cultivating Leaders With Moral Purpose To Make A Difference

Velvet Chainsaw

Many conferences are stuck in the rut of legacy routines, age-old rituals and cloned programming. Conference organizers and its advisors replicate the past maintaining the traditions and well-established procedures of yesteryear. Conference Reform Requires These Leadership Traits.

365-Day Conferences Are Unrealistic

Velvet Chainsaw

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. But what about after the conference?

Turning Post-Conference Euphoria into Action

YourMembership Blog

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.

Conference Cloning: Principles Not Practices

Velvet Chainsaw

We observe what other conferences are doing. Conference Impersonators. Yet too often, conference professionals copy someone else’s idea before they are really prepared to implement it. They search for a model that is working in someone else’s conference. Many of us do it.

Conference Rooms Are Freezing!

Smooth The Path

Who says conferences or chapter meetings have to be in traditional meeting spaces? Conference rooms tend to be dark, and participants may find themselves fighting post-lunch naps. Recently, I got a conference promotion with the subject line, “Have you ever had a meeting in a kayak?” Sample your association’s conference for prospective participants. The post Conference Rooms Are Freezing!

Cultivating Conference Kindness Not Cynicism

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

If You Design Conference Experiences, Read This!

Velvet Chainsaw

As conference organizers, why can’t we also have a fun, fulfilling, and collaborative experience planning and designing the conference? Here are six ways to focus on designing your team’s experience during your next conference planning process.

Extend Your Conference Content

CommPartners

For associations, our annual conference is our flagship education product. Naturally we want to maximize our investment and extend the reach of this great content.

Your Conference Is Unbalanced!

Velvet Chainsaw

Your conference is out of balance. And most conference organizers don’t even know it. Sure as a conference organizer you know that creativity and innovation are important to your planning. These conferences collect data in myriads of ways.

Conference Creativity Rooms

Reid All About it

Although I didn’t participate in today’s #assnchat about ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference , it still inspired a blog post. Perhaps playing with toys shifts our mindset from serious office mode to relaxed engaged conference mode. The association professionals in today’s Twitter chat had plenty of great ideas (heh heh) for conference creativity rooms and I even have a few of my own. F&B : The Canadians also served poutine at one point during the conference.

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. Surfacing our cognitive conference constructs.

Conference Circuit: Professional Piercers

Associations Now

The Association of Professional Piercers’ 24th Annual Conference & Exposition begins in Las Vegas this weekend. Conference: APP 24th Annual Conference & Exposition. The conference offers a mentor program to help new attendees get the most out of their experience.

Post-Conference Debrief Tips To Improve The Conference Experience

Velvet Chainsaw

In a matter of days, important details about the best conference moments (and the worst moments) will get fuzzier. Ultimately, you team will forget their thoughts about improving the conference experience if they don’t have some type of prompts. The closing keynote was a big hit.

Silos Suffocate Your Successful Conference

Velvet Chainsaw

Conference adaptation of a great analogy from strategist and author Tony Morgan. Same Conference, Segregated Silos. This analogy is a typical image of the traditional conference planning process. They each have specific tasks to attend to for the conference.

Business Improvement Conference Education Trends

Velvet Chainsaw

Does your conference education drive attendees’ business performance? Five Business Improvement Conference Education Trends. Here are five trends in aligning conference education with business improvement efforts. Conference Planning Teams Become Better Business Partners.

Conference Improvement Means People Improvement

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

Plan, attack, conquer: A conference strategy

Aaron Wolowiec

13-16, we wanted to share more advice from conference goers to help you capitalize on your experience. Like many people, when I attended my first ASAE conference in 2006, I was overwhelmed and distracted by how the massive number of people, sessions and booths.

Plan, attack, conquer: A conference strategy

Aaron Wolowiec

13-16, we wanted to share more advice from conference goers to help you capitalize on your experience. Like many people, when I attended my first ASAE conference in 2006, I was overwhelmed and distracted by how the massive number of people, sessions and booths.

Disney-inspired conference experiences

Aaron Wolowiec

If we dive a bit more deeply into this aspirational culture statement it’s easy to see how the values that make The Walt Disney Company an extraordinary place to work are the same values that are capable of transforming association events into member-centric conference experiences.

Disney-inspired conference experiences

Aaron Wolowiec

If we dive a bit more deeply into this aspirational culture statement it’s easy to see how the values that make The Walt Disney Company an extraordinary place to work are the same values that are capable of transforming association events into member-centric conference experiences.

Conferences Suck At Measurement!

Velvet Chainsaw

Conference professionals suck at measurement. If you trust your conference smile sheet evaluations as a barometer of how effective your conference education was, you are just being foolish says learning research psychologist Dr. Will Thalheimer.

Practicing Conference Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less And Better

Velvet Chainsaw

It’s hard for conference organizers to stick to planning the essential elements of their events. As a conference professional, it is your mission each day to keep your focus on the essential elements of your event for your customers’ sake. What is the essence of your conference?

Six Conference Paradigms To Bust Immediately

Velvet Chainsaw

If there’s something strange in your conference-hood. Our cognitive frameworks—our mental models and paradigms—shape our thinking, behavior, operations and success of our conferences. We falsely believe that future conferences are just an extension of the past.

Conference Circuit: Bikeshare Leaders

Associations Now

The North American Bikeshare Association’s 2019 Conference begins next week in Indianapolis. Meeting: 2019 NABSA Conference. If you’d like us to consider your meeting for an upcoming Conference Circuit, contact Samantha Whitehorne at swhitehorne@asaecenter.org.