Who Killed Adult Curiosity?

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As young children, curiosity made us jump in a mud puddle. Try to catch fireflies. And chase our shadows. It was our motivation for learning and play. When we discovered that if we mixed red and yellow finger paint, we created orange, we went on a frenzy mixing all types of colors. Our final images were modern surrealist paintings of flowing purples, brown, blacks and grays. Losing Our Curiosity Yet as we aged, we stopped embracing our curiosity. We lost touch with the playful feeling of … [Read more...]

Conference Execution As Attendee Learning

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Most conference organizers believe that the delivery of information in an efficient, timely, productive manner is the key to attendee satisfaction, success and financial stability. We focus primarily on the efficient execution of delivery of content. But in today’s knowledge economy, that is not enough. The focus on controlling information flow, creating a one-way and top-down hierarchical pre-planned well-executed logistical conference experience won’t cut it. The conference mind-set that … [Read more...]

Building Your Conference Community Drip By Drip

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Seth Godin has tremendous influence, particularly in marketing, publishing and entrepreneurial circles. At last count, he's written 17 bestselling books. Earlier this year, Seth published his 5,000th blog post. While other bloggers float in and out of my daily must-read list, Seth's been there for years. He's been dripping valuable insight into my brain, one post at a time. While his books provide deep learning surges, that's not why I follow him. I follow Seth because he shows up regularly and … [Read more...]

Association Professionals And Conference Organizers: Embrace Curiosity To Avoid Stagnation

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In today’s rapidly changing world, if you are not moving forward, you are falling behind. Our challenge is to keep pace with the changing tides of our profession. To do that, you have to constantly learn, unlearn and relearn. It’s your job to take control of your personal and professional growth to ensure that your skill set is current. Does Your Employer Define Your Skills Set? Who defines your skills set? Is it your employer based on the needs of your organization? As author David … [Read more...]

Five Learning Agility Traits You Need To Keep From Failing

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In today’s world of high velocity change, conference organizers, meeting professionals and association leaders need to be more agile than ever. Adapting to new business models, working with virtual teams, identifying ongoing macro, industry and organization trends that will impact customers, and using predictive analysis are just some of the traits today’s leaders need. In short, being more agile and flexible are critical to success. Defining Learning Agility How stuck are you in your … [Read more...]

Why Your Conference Needs A Listening Space

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I decided it was a cold coffee type of a morning. A Starbucks Carmel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino would do nicely. Play That Funky Music White Boy! On the drive to the coffee shop, a new funky song came on the radio. It immediately transported me to my high school days. It had that Soul Train kind of funk that makes you want to get up and move to the grove and do the bump! I found myself “car dancing” where you only shake your hips and throw your hands in the air as you drive. On the … [Read more...]

How Do Your Learning Opportunities Compare To These Top Ten Traits Of Quality Education Programs?

In order to be successful in the 21st Century, organizations must make continuous learning and unlearning a core competency. If your organization’s team cannot learn quickly, unlearn outdated processes and data, and adapt and apply new knowledge and insights to current challenges, then it will be left behind. Organizations need team members committed to learning and unlearning. These organizations also need the best tools to rapidly disseminate and share the best learnings as well as … [Read more...]

Research: People Want Learning Opportunities At Tradeshows!

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Many (exhibition) attendees have dual needs for attending: shopping (69%) and learning (66%). ~ CEIR, What Attendees Want From Exhibitions, February 4, 2013 They come to your tradeshow with very real learning needs related to their own personal and professional development. If you are not integrating more education experiences within and at your tradeshow, you are missing a valuable opportunity to reach more exhibition attendees. 50% Of Top Needs Included Learning The CEIR report … [Read more...]