Your conference is not as unique as you think it is!
Most of them are carbon-copy, cookie-cutter replicates of each other.
You may have dressed up your conference with some cosmetics to make it look different than others but it tastes, smells and feels all too familiar. It actually reminds people of a stale, untouched, dusty room where smokers used to live.
Most conferences start with a general session followed by breakouts followed by luncheon followed by the exhibit hall. It’s predictable, average and all too familiar. It’s stale.
Conferences need to retool, redefine, revitalize and rethink.
That only comes when we offer two additional Re’s: respect and relationships.
The Way We’ve Always Done It
Does your current schedule really benefit the conference participant? Or does it benefit you in the planning process because it’s easier to replicate year after year?
Do you really need as much space as you think you do? Or do you need that much space because we’ve always done it that way?
It’s time for conference organizers to start from scratch. It’s time to throw out last year’s schedule and do it differently. It’s time to step up to the plate and have the courage to take some risks.
It’s time to:
It’s time to retool your event with a new design, new set of programs and new intentions to create a new experience. It’s time to adapt and alter your past conference experience to make it more useful and suitable for your participants.
It’s time to redefine your conference experience. It’s time to reevaluate and reexamine what you’ve always done. It’s time to reformulate and transform your conference into something fresh and exciting. It’s too familiar, too comfortable, too predictable, too average.
It’s time to imbue your conference with new life and vitality. If you current conference planning team is stuck and can’t do that, it’s time to revitalize the team with fresh blood. You need new perspectives, new vigor, new ideas.
It’s time to reconsider everything about your current conference experience. It’s time to involve your conference team to reassess the what, when, how, why and where about your conference. You’ve brainwashed yourself into a corner that the current way you are doing things is the only way it will work. You need to think differently about what you are doing or you will continue to get the same results.
It’s time to have a new respect for those on your team that challenge the status quo. It’s time to give some admiration for those that have the courage to take risks. It’s time to place a premium value on innovation, difference of opinion and thought. It’s time to give dignity to retooling, redefining, revitalizing and rethinking about your conference.
It’s time to give high respect for the relationships that people form at your conference. It’s time to think about the way your conference experience is connecting content, concepts, problems solving and people. Many conference experiences actually diminish relationship building by cramming schedules with too much to do. It’s time to use restraint and focus on connections.
Why are so many conference hosts unwilling to reexamine their conference planning process through the lens of their conference participant’s experience? Why are so many stuck in the same-old same old way of doing things?