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. As if that was the only thing that could spell success for the conference.
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.” Finally, I was pleased to see the conference include a track this year on.
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. Savvy conference organizers meet these disruptions head-on.
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. Many conference attendees go to every session.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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. The post 7 Tips to Making the Most of Conference appeared first on YourMembership.com.
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.
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. We’ve talked about conference predictions here and here.
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. Level 1: Transactional – delivery and exchange of information and data (where most conference experiences occur).
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. Their plans actually obscure their conference’s vision. Their attention to detail and efficiency eclipses the conference purpose.
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. Forecasting!
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. Have you normalized conference mediocrity as acceptable?
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. Conference Planning Registrants Relabel
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. Misleading Barometers Our own expectations of repeating what we’ve always done for organizing our conferences have become misguided barometers.
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. They do not see their conference education sessions as a roll of the call-for-proposal-dice. And it results in conference success and loyalty.
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? Farm-to-food eating is gaining popularity across the globe, so conference venues are taking note.
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. Your conference should stand for more than a cartoon cowboy.
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?
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. Event & Meeting Planning conference best practices conferences connexity networking
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.
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. Conferences Should Be Built Around People. Tweet.
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. But what about after the conference?
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. The annual conference just doesn’t cross their mind.
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.
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. 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. Shifting Our Thinking About Conversations And Conferences.
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.
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.
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. Then conference organizers say “We’ve revolutionized our education.”.
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.
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. Some people call it luck. Others call it fate.
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. Tweet.
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.
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?
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 Truly Networked Conference
APRIL 25, 2013
We even attend conferences and meetings as a way to gain new knowledge. For years, many conference organizers and their hosts have taken great pride in being the sole source of trustworthy knowledge for their industry and profession. The Networked Conference.