Conferences Are Providing Inferior Education Through Lectures

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Conferences are providing inferior education if all they provide is didactic, presenter monologue lectures. Yes, that’s right. The speaker lecture is ineffective and inferior! If all your attendees do is sit and listen passively to speakers, you’re providing bad conference education! At least that’s what 2001 Physics Nobel Prize recipient, Stanford professor and former director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Carl Weiman says regarding lectures. … [Read more...]

15 Myths We Hold As Truths About Conference Education

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We all believe in myths. Some of us don’t know that our own personal beliefs are actually based on fiction. Some of us hold on to our own personal experiences as supporting evidence of our beliefs. We don’t realize that our realities are often grounded in confirmation bias. We fail prey to the adage, “But I know better because my own experience says so.” Confirmation Bias We like people who think like us. If we agree with someone’s beliefs, we are more likely to be their friend. If we … [Read more...]

What Will Associations Monetize In The Future?

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Associations offer more than education opportunities. They provide industry research, membership, certification and standards, networking and advocacy. And all of these services have been monetized in order to provide additional services for their members. Yet, today, many of these services have become commoditized. Others produce these products, often at higher quality, with value-adds, at lower costs or even free. So what will associations monetize in the future? Education And Content … [Read more...]

Kneebucklingly Sweet Idea Generation Tool: Brainwriting

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Brainstorming is out! Brainwriting is in! Brainstorming Challenges Brainstorming is something most of us know and have used at some point in our lives. It’s a tool often used to create a list of spontaneous ideas contributed by a group. Alex Faickney Osborn popularized the tool in 1953. Osborn claimed that brainstorming was more effective than individuals working alone when creating lists of solutions. Recently, critics have declared brainstorming ineffective and even damaging. Some … [Read more...]

Flipping Conference Education For Successful Learning

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Sure, the “flipped classroom” is a buzzword and the trend right now. However, the concept of being learner-centric and providing active learning during the education session is not a trend! It’s here to stay because it works! Defining Flipped Education 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 … [Read more...]

When Speakers Truly Care: From Spouting Witty Repartee To Transforming Lives

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Our conferences and association education programming depend upon speakers as experts sharing their knowledge with the crowd. Yet, the education research is loud and clear that people talking at an audience does not necessarily lead to attendees' learning. Actually, there's more likelihood that you'll win a multi-million dollar Powerball lottery than telling leads to learning. Speaking, telling and presenting does not usually lead to learning. Nor does it lead to transforming lives by … [Read more...]

How To Choose Education Content That Leads to a Treasure of Learners

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Pirates are treasure hunters that don’t always play by the rules. As an association education professional, you too can buck tradition by searching for hidden treasures of content and delivering them to your members. The Pirate Spirit Many of us have negative images of pirates as shipmates that pillage and rob other vessels. Some of us think of the children’s version of Captain Hook in Peter Pan or of Johnny Depp’s drunken, flamboyant Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Curating … [Read more...]

Without People Your Conference Has No Knowledge

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Who is more knowledgeable? The expert speaker or the room of conference attendees? In today’s rapidly changing world with knowledge at our fingertips, often the wisdom of the crowd outranks the insight of an expert speaker. Why? Because knowledge now lives in networks. The Web Facilitates Connections Hat Tips Cluetrain Manifesto The Internet has made it extremely easy to connect to others regardless of our physical location. With the click of the mouse, we can share information and … [Read more...]