Escape Your Conference Comfort Zone To Become Happier And Smarter

2014.04.07_Escape

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...]

Crank Up Your Conference Emotional Intensity With Bright Lights

2014.04.03_Ah Ha!

Forget about turning down the lights to set the mood for your opening general session. Why? It’s the perfect way to disengage and dial back your attendees’ emotions. If you want to emotionally connect and increase your audience’s emotional intensity, a University of Toronto study says you need to turn lights up bright! Bright Lights Arouse Intense Emotions Conventional wisdom says that sunny days can brighten our moods. While cloudy, rainy days can bring us down. However, this new … [Read more...]

Too Many Meeting Professionals Are Bored With Work

2014.03.25_bored

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...]

21st Century Revolutionary Conferences Have Transformed The Traditional Education Session

2013.10.21_ConfParticipation

Conferences that focus primarily on lecture-based methods are becoming increasingly difficult to defend! There is ample evidence that the lecture creates phony learning, along with the inability to retain and apply what has been heard. Packed conference sessions and smile-sheet summary evaluations only indicate that attendees can successfully sit through dreary lectures. It does not demonstrate value or stimulate growth in organizations. Neglecting Evidence Based Education Is … [Read more...]

Association Professionals And Conference Organizers: Embrace Curiosity To Avoid Stagnation

2013.09.24_green scum

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...]

Conference Organizers Should Be Great CEOs: Chief Experience Officers!

What do conference organizers really do? They organize all the aspects of the conference experience. I believe that title—conference organizer--doesn’t serve us anymore. It doesn’t convey the right information as putting together logistics is like putting together quilt pieces without any plan. It’s just stitching pieces together and crossing your fingers that it will result in a great look, product and design. Enter The Conference Experience Officer Much like a conference meeting steward, the … [Read more...]

Bringing The Sexy Back To Conferences [And Conference Planning]

2013.09.12_I'll Take Two

If you have ever attended a conference, you know how most of them feel. They start with a general session, followed by a break, followed by concurrent breakouts, followed by a lunch, followed by exhibits followed by an evening activity. Rinse. Lather. Repeat for a couple more days. They all feel the same and follow the same status-quo, melancholy, mind-numbing, butt-tiring, ho-hum, nothing-to-tweet-home experience. Most of them suck! The Need To ReCreate Some conference organizers try to … [Read more...]

It Is Time To Reinvent The Meetings Industry And The Meeting Professional

2013.02.19_silos

I think the meetings and conference industry has reached a plateau. For years the industry has focused on the logistical side of the meeting including registration, food and beverage, contracts, venue space, room sets, schedules, SMMP and more. The industry has matured and many meeting professionals have become very good at the details. Yet, the improvements in those details have not taken the meetings industry to the next level. In fact, many conferences are still suffering because the … [Read more...]