Conference Education Sessions Must Override Attendees’ Need For Predictability

FraggleRock by Mandy Jouan

We are hard-wired to be like the Fraggles. But we are better off being like the the Doozers. Be A Doozer Not A Fraggle If you’ve ever watched the 80s tv show Fraggle Rock, you know the Fraggles and Doozers. The colorful, fur tuft tipped tail Fraggles only have a 30-minute work week. They dedicated their time to carefree enjoyment and play. They don’t like to think or work. The small green ant like Doozers spend all their time building things. They are dedicated to work and their … [Read more...]

Four Objections To Changing Conference Education And Experiences

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Change freaks many of us out! We fear it. We ignore it. We refuse to accept it. It’s really not change that freaks us out. It’s the unknown of the outcome. It’s so much easier to keep things the same because we know the results. Defining Change According to psychologist and therapist Roger S. Gil, change is “…A modification to a person's environment, situation, or physical/mental condition that results in circumstances that challenge their existing paradigms. …It implies that humans … [Read more...]

Why Technology Alone Will Not Move The Needle For Conferences

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I’m a fan of technology. I’m usually an early adopter of the next shiny tech tool for individuals. And I typically try to understand if and how that tech tool may help organizations, learning and conferences. But, and it’s a big, big but: technology alone will not truly move your conference needle. Technology Isn’t Your Savior My email box is littered with announcements of the next great event technology. Most of them have gone nowhere. Occasionally, a new event technology—like the … [Read more...]

Your Brain Wants To Avoid Thinking In Conference Settings

Thinking by Vassilis Galopoulos

Your brain is built to survive! It’s in the biology and chemistry of your brain to survive at all costs. Survival and protection are at the top of the list when it comes to brain activity. It even outranks thinking in priority. Survival Trumps Thinking Your brain will avoid thinking in order to conserve energy for its survival instinct. That’s often why we don’t want to think in conference settings. And it’s why we don’t want to work in education opportunities. Remember, thinking … [Read more...]

Five Fears That Keep You From Accomplishing Amazingly Awesome Stuff

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If you’re an association executive or conference organizer, you know where you stand within your organization. Deep down, you desire to be and do more. No, your drive is not greed in disguise. Nor is your drive selfish in nature. It’s actually a noble drive as you want to make a difference. Your drive is rooted in the desire to do something significant, help others and be a positive influence on others. The Fear Factor Too many leaders step back from real triumphs. We become frustrated … [Read more...]

Avoiding Personal Agendas and Pay-to-Play In The Speaker Review Process

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We’ve seen it happen in almost every organization where we assessed their speaker review process. Someone on the conference committee blackballs a great presentation or speaker. Or someone approves a presentation proposal and speaker that has had poor scores in the past. Why does this happen? Conference committee members put personal agendas and friendships above what is in the best interest of the paying attendee. The Primary Focus When Reviewing Presentation Proposals Staff and … [Read more...]

Three Luxuries You Cannot Afford That Harm Your Conference Planning

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When we were younger, many of us dreamed of changing the world. Nothing could get in the way of our dreams. We were out to make a difference. We wanted to change lives across the globe. Then we grew up. We began to think of our dreams as unrealistic or childish. We see our aspirations of changing the world as fantasy or impossible to achieve alone. We lost sight of making a difference. Three Reasons We Choose Not To Make A Difference If we look deep down inside, we’ll find some reasons … [Read more...]

Measuring What Matters To Your Conference

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If the only conference numbers you care about are attendance, exhibitors, revenue and profits, you will never be able to understand why those numbers fluctuate. You’re only guessing and planning conference programming through a shot-gun approach if you don’t get serious about measurement. It’s time to stop relying on your gut. Or your volunteer conference planning committee. It’s time to measure what matters to improve your conference. Data Counting Versus Measurement You probably … [Read more...]