Conferences Are Providing Inferior Education Through Lectures


Conferences are providing inferior education if all they provide is didactic, presenter monologue lectures. Yes, that’s right. The speaker lecture is ineffective and inferior! If all your attendees do is sit and listen passively to speakers, you’re providing bad conference education! At least that’s what 2001 Physics Nobel Prize recipient, Stanford professor and former director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Carl Weiman says regarding lectures. … [Read more...]

Five Myths Of Interactive, Participatory Learning For STEM Conferences

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It’s one of the most common excuses I hear from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics/Medical) conference organizers today… “As ______________ (insert appropriate STEM word) attendees, they won’t participate in interactive sessions or discussions. They don’t want to be actively involved. They don’t like to talk. They came to hear from an expert. We can’t leave them to their own learning.” In short, these conference organizers and their teams are convinced that they can … [Read more...]

Increase Conference Attendee Engagement, Intimacy And Participation At Your Next Event

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Have you ever attended a conference by yourself and you didn’t know anyone there? If you have, you’ve experienced a range of emotions from anticipation to anxiousness to concern. If no one acknowledges or welcomes you when you first step onsite, you may feel like an outsider. Conferences can be some of the loneliest places in the world. Tips To Encourage Connections, Intimacy And Participation As conference organizers, it is our job to find ways to encourage participation and foster … [Read more...]

Old Guard Conferences Vs. Cutting Edge Conferences

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls. Others build windmills. ~Chinese Proverb Conferences are divided today between Old Guard and Cutting Edge Conferences. Old guard conferences build walls when the winds of change blow. Cutting edge conferences build windmills to capture and leverage the winds of change. Old Guard And Cutting Edge Conferences These two types of conferences move at different speeds. They value different things. They measure success differently. They think … [Read more...]

Creating EPIC Conferences For Connected Times

Name two words that describe the web today. Connected and community are two that come to my mind. Conferences Are In The Connexity Business Amazon and eBay say they are in the connexity business-making connections and building communities. Both companies demonstrate that the web is less an information source than a social medium. Conferences need to shift to become more of a connexity business. They need to transition from information channels to being a catalyst for making connections and … [Read more...]

Metaphors, Stories And Images Are Important For Conferences: The I In EPIC Conferences

Try this. Next time you are in the grocery store, ask the seafood clerk for fresh sardines. Guess what most seafood clerks say? "There is not really one fish called a sardine." Most of us are used to seeing sardines in a can. In reality, the name applies to twenty-one species of small fish that, they moment they hit the can, can be labeled sardines. FishBase, an online database of fish, lists 18 fish species that qualify as sardines and many more that are described as sardines. The name, or … [Read more...]

Creating Participatory Conferences, The P In EPIC

Do you remember Pop Rocks candy? It was the candy that exploded and jumped in your mouth. Or perhaps you recall Zotz, the candy that fizzed in your mouth. Interactive Candy If you walk the aisles of a local department store today, you'll find a new host of interactive candies. You'll see Armageddon Asteroids, Big Bangs, Glow Pops, Mega Warheads, Nuclear Chocolate (chocolate and pop rocks combined), Shock Tarts, Skull Suckers, Spin Pops and Tongue Splashers. Try some of them. Or eat that candy … [Read more...]

Conferences Need To Focus On Creating Experiences, The E Of EPIC Conferences

Imagine it's 2084. You are craving a new experience that you've not had in the past. You decide to visit Rekall to get a memory implant of a new vacation experience. This is the setting of the 1990 movie Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger or the 2012 remake with Colin Farrell. While Total Recall is set in the future, it is a perfect illustration of today's society that is consumed with collecting experiences. Traditional Conferences Are About Collecting Knowledge Most conferences are … [Read more...]