Conference Education Value Soars With Walk & Talk Discussions

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Many conference organizers are being asked to step up their content delivery game. One-way "Sage on the Stage" presentations to audiences held hostage for an hour or more won't cut it in today's conference environment. "A body at rest, stays at rest." A Brain At Rest, Stays At Rest Same thing goes for a brain at rest. If you're not familiar with Dr. John Medina's Brain Rules, that's a good place to start learning more about brain science and its impact on education and engagement at … [Read more...]

Escape Your Conference Comfort Zone To Become Happier And Smarter


Conference organizers, whatever scares you when planning your event, plan to do it now! That’s right, run to your fear and escape your conference comfort zone! Why? Busting out of your conference comfort zone leads to a longer, happier, smarter life with increased confidence, gratification and satisfaction, to paraphrase author Ken Budd. Boredom Kills Too much monotony in your conference planning strategy can actually decrease your life expectancy. That’s right! Doing the same thing, … [Read more...]

Too Many Meeting Professionals Are Bored With Work


Are you part of the 87% of workers that are bored at work? According to Gallup, the bulk of employees, 63% are not engaged at work. They lack motivation and are less likely to invest initiative in organizational goals or outcomes. 24% are actively disengaged. They are unhappy and unproductive at work. And their negative attitudes are contagious as they spread to their co workers. Avoid Automatic Pilot A brain that is in automation is a bored, unengaged brain! Meeting professionals … [Read more...]

The Neuroscience of Networking: Why Networking Matters To Your Conference

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Your brain is passionate about one thing. So much so that when it is not thinking about a problem or focused on something specific, it defaults to doing this one thing. Neuroscientist Dr. Matthew Lieberman says that our brains have a passion of their own. "We know this because our brains seem to devote all of its spare time to this one thing," says Lieberman. Thinking About Thinking So what is it that our brains really like to do? What does the brain do when it is not focused on a … [Read more...]

Conference Education List Sessions Are Deliciously Temptatious

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“37 Mobile Apps In Less Than 60 Minutes!” Tina Brown’s “12 Tips For Engaging Events.” “15 Industry Trends You Need To Know.” Lists! We love them! We are drawn to them. We fancy them. The Lure Of The List Conference session titles that contain a numbered list have become ubiquitous ways to attract a crowd and pack content. Why are we so attracted to lists? Why do conference session titles and descriptions that feature lists lure our brains like a moth to a flame? 1. It’s A Natural … [Read more...]

Avoid The Conference Zombie Zone

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Do your conference’s education efforts result in the living dead or do they create life-transforming moments? Meeting professionals who understand Evidence Based Education (EBE)—the science and evidence on learning –and those who apply EBE strategies derived from the research, will find their conference education efforts becoming more effective and exciting. Here is the slide deck from my pre-conference video on Avoiding The Conference Zombie Zone. Avoid The Conference Zombie Zone … [Read more...]

The Art Of Changing The Attendees’ Brain: Conference Style


Usually our view of conference education is an expert at the front of the room doling out their knowledge through witty repartee. The speaker stands on a stage, behind a podium, towering above the audience as if dispensing expertise from on high. Conference organizers and speakers view the audience as those that need the expert’s help. The experts then hand their assistance down to the attendees through their spoken word. This has been the model for years. It’s the way we were taught in … [Read more...]

Your Conference Attendees Avoid And Crave Change Simultaneously


It’s quite ironic actually. Our brains do everything they can to avoid change. Yet at the same time, our brains increase their engagement and focus when change is involved. Our brains crave change to keep us connected to the situation at hand. Wired To Be Risk-Averse Our brains are naturally wired to avoid any type of threat. We prefer familiar and predictable circumstances to the unknown. Author and cognitive psychologist Dr. Melanie Greenbert says that our brains are like prediction … [Read more...]