February 10, 2011 by Jeff Hurt
A view from the PCMA TV stage.
“What if no one shows up? What will we do?”
It was 6:45 am on a Monday morning in Las Vegas. We wondered if anyone would actually show up when PCMA’s Convening Leaders’ Learning Lounge opened at 7 am.
As the final countdown started, we were about to find out first hand if people would come. The doors opened at 7 am and the crowds started flowing in to the Learning Lounge.
We sighed with relief. Then the adrenalin and serotonin started surging. The excitement and buzz in the room was evident. The Learning Lounge had moved from concept to reality.
Professional speaker Judi Moreo in the Speaker Showcase Theater presented by Five Star Speakers.
Many have asked why the Learning Lounge worked. Here are several factors that led to the Learning Lounge’s success.
Freeman, PCMA, PCMA members and volunteers all had a vision for the Learning Lounge. It was to be an adult learning playground with a blend of informal and formal learning.
Freeman had the physical structure and layout in mind. PCMA staff, board, committees, the Learning Lounge Task Force and the Velvet Chainsaw team added a vision for content and experience. All caught the vision on how the right environment plus the right content plus the right delivery method would lead to successful education.
More than 175 people volunteered their time as emcees, facilitators, leaders, planners, speakers, hosts, social media experts and task force members. Some were industry influencers. Some were from outside the industry. Some were college student volunteers. All were committed to the vision.
Chris Brogan and Virtual Host Glenn Thayer on the PCMA 365 Live Studio Stage.
The science and research of how adults learn was practiced and applied.
The space, the schedule and the content all blended seamlessly to create an unusual and inviting learning experience.
If you attended the Learning Lounge, what did you like the most? What questions do you have about the Learning Lounge?
All photos by Chuck Fazio Photography.
Filed Under: Conference Education, Experience Design
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Great post Jeff! I couldn’t agree more, considering I was there both as a speaker and member of the audience.
The PCMA Learning Lounge would not have been the same without you! So glad you participated. 🙂
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