Tag: GenY

Follow These Tips To Engage Millennials In Your Conference Experience

Millennials are eager to connect, participate and give says the 2013 Millennial Impact Report by Achieve. Since 2009, the report has focused on Millennial behaviors that would interest many nonprofits and conference organizers including trends in communication, service and giving. The report illustrates that the next generation is passionate about people not hierarchies, institutions, organizations … [Read more…]

Today’s Youth Are On A Quest For Authenticity And Community

Imagine the following conversation. Eeeeghads! Our organization will fade away in 10-15 years if we don’t start reaching a younger generation. Our membership is mostly Baby Boomers. Most will retire in 15 years. We’re not sure if they will retain membership with us or not. We’ve got to attract more GenX and Millennials. What do … [Read more…]

Seven Tips To Make Your Conference Millennial–Friendly

This article was written (well, ghostwritten by me in collaboration with Dave Lutz) for Dave’s People & Processes column in PCMA’s June edition of Convene. Many associations are trying to find a way to reach a generation that’s eager to be entertained and informed, yet resistant to the familiar, in-your-face, 20th-century approach. The target is … [Read more…]

Conference Curiosity Didn’t Kill The Proverbial Cat. It Awakened The Attendee

Imagine a conference where every attendee was learning, a world where what the attendee wondered was more interesting than what the expert presenter knew, and curiosity counted for more than certain knowledge. (With nods to a quote from The Cluetrain Manifesto.) I don’t know about you. I certainly want to attend a conference where what … [Read more…]

Think Left, Right, Low & High: Think Differently About Attracting Gen X & Y To Your Next Event

CEIR Report Power Of Exhibitions In 21st Century Review Part II Read part I. Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! Dr. Seuss Theodore Gisele, aka Dr. Seuss, had a great idea about thinking. Think differently. Now apply Dr. Seuss’ … [Read more…]

Don’t You Forget About Me: 5 Considerations To Attract Gen X & Y Attendees

CEIR Report Power Of Exhibitions In 21st Century Review Part I “A trade show is a trade show … I don’t expect anything to change.” Chad, 26. Imagine this comment came from one of your recent conference attendees. What would you do? How would you engage Chad in a future exhibition or event? Chad’s negative … [Read more…]