Most Keynote Speakers Fail At Providing Audience Learning & Performance Improvement

Fail by Ryan Steele

Most keynotes fail at actually providing learning and retention. Sure, many keynotes are inspirational, motivational and provide an engaging story. And if that’s all we’re looking for from a high-paid professional speaker for a keynote, it works. However, when an organization pays $10,000-$75,000, or even a higher fee, for a 45- to 60-minute message, we expect more. Too many keynotes are filled with exhausted clichés, empty entertainment, and low-importance ideas. ~ Dr. Will … [Read more...]

The Next Frontier Of Conference Improvement: Conference Education

LastFrontierVillageGoldenSlipper by Allen

Traditional conference education models have lost their relevance. The process of distributing a call for session and speaker submissions, selecting experts that transmit and dispense information, and packaging it as professional development for the masses is overdone. One-size-fits-all education doesn’t work anymore. We are in the midst of great workplace disruption, brought on by a new generation of workers, an increasing sophisticated public and rapidly changing technology. The … [Read more...]

Is Your Conference Fostering Conscious Cognitive Misers?

LazyAfternoon by Jenny Pansing

Are you creating intellectually lazy conference participants? Your conference programming may harbor bias toward minimizing cognitive efforts. In other words, your conference sessions and speakers may actual curtail participants’ thinking. Your conference could be creating happy fools. These happy fools blindly respond to their own problems by erroneously using your conference takeaways as accurate solutions. They avoid thinking, reflecting, and adapting those takeaways. Then when your … [Read more...]

Borrowing Great Ideas Leads To The Risks Associated With Mimicry

elproductor by andresfranconet

We seem to always be looking for the next quick tip, idea, or feature to implement for our next conference. But not so fast — there’s some work that needs to be done first. Just copying someone else’s success and ideas is an easy way out. Give Me Your Great Ideas…Fast! We like to see and hear about others’ great ideas. We like lists of practical tips or steps to solve an issue. Then we copy them for our own meetings. We’re just like our conference attendees. When we attend a … [Read more...]

License Attendees To Drive Their Brains To The Streets Of Increased Conference Value

Driving by Edoardo Bartoccetti

The majority of your conference attendees believe that their conference learning is all about self discipline. They think that the more conference education sessions that they attend, the more information they can absorb. The only strategy they know is to strive hard and fast to physically hear as many speakers as possible. That intentional effort rarely works. Usually, it backfires. Part of our challenge is that we don’t understand our own brains. License To Drive To help your … [Read more...]

Activating Attendee Heart Coherence Thru Intentionally Crafted Conference Experiences

Be Mine by JDHancock

What type of emotions does your conference experience activate? “Huh?” you say. “My conference is supposed to connect on an emotional level with attendees?” Whether you like it or not, your conference does initiate some type of emotion. Unfortunately, many conference experiences are bland, sterile boring events. They lack passion, enthusiasm and emotional highs and lows. Your Brain And Your Heart Your cerebral brain is an amazing organism. It has 100 billion neurons. Each neuron has … [Read more...]

Improving Conference Experiences With The Ground Breaking Discovery Of Brain-In-The-Heart

HeartOfStorm by JD Hancock

We’ve all heard people say: “Go with your gut.” “Just follow your heart.” “Trust your instinct.” These colloquial sayings feel more like fuzzy-thinking, sensitive touchy-freely speeches or lyrical metaphors. It’s not normally something that you expect experts to say at a conference. Nor is it something we strive to create in conference experiences. But should it be? The Brain-In-The-Heart Discovery In the recent past, researchers introduced the concept of a functional “heart … [Read more...]

Conference Education’s Dirty Little Secret

AmazingPushButtonSushAction by Laura Taylor

All conference education has a dirty little secret. And it’s bigger and dirtier than most. The big skeleton in the conference closet is that most attendees will forget the majority of what they hear during the event. The current design of the education session sabotages your learning and retention. Let’s Waste The Company’s Money No one says, “Hey, let’s spend a lot of money and time to attend a conference and participate in education sessions that we will never remember. Or even … [Read more...]