Tag: paragogy

Why Bother With Conference Education Peer Discussions?

How many conference speakers have you seen that don’t want attendees asking, answering, commenting or participating during their presentations? From the speaker’s point of view, the presentation seems to be moving along nicely as the content is covered. The room is silent except the speaker’s voice. And surely that means that the audience is attentively … [Read more…]

Changes In The Information Cycle Are Driving Conference Education Reform

Conferences (and associations) used to be the go-to source for information and content about a profession or industry. Today, the tools of content creation and distribution actually rest in the hands of individuals. Anyone can create and share content. While not everyone wants to be a content creator, everyone has an interest in organizing and … [Read more…]

Improve Your Conference Lecture By Using These Questions For Peer Discussions

Today, most conference audiences would prefer to engage in one-on-one peer-to-peer discussions than listen to another panel or lecture. It is also clear that employers today place more emphasis on securing employees that are good at engaging others in face-to-face interactions to problem solve, work together and interpret data. Ultimately, peer learning is highly valued … [Read more…]

Four Myths About Introverts, Learning And Conferences

I am an introvert. I enjoy my time alone and typically consider deep relationships as my true friends. I’m not that person that usually enjoys small talk with strangers. However, parts of my job require that I be more outgoing and be the extrovert. When I’m presenting, small talk with participants is critical. I also … [Read more…]

A Conference Peer Discussion Manifesto

For too many years, our conference education and experiences have been one-way, from the speaker’s mouth to the listener’s ear. Attendees are like pawns in the speaker’s (faux) control. This passive, inactive experience has led to the myth that experts have knowledge that they can give to attendees through their presentations and then attendees have … [Read more…]

New Research Illustrates Need For More Conference Peer Conversations

23 employers, including the Smithsonian Institution, Microsoft and Marriott International, stated that engaging others in face-to-face interactions in order to find information and solve problems is a competency that they need most in their employees. Unfortunately, they rarely find this skill demonstrated by today’s college-educated employees. Employers Place High Need On Information Problem Solving Project … [Read more…]

The Transformative Power Of Peerology

In the world of conference education, the future is not necessarily about the next technology gadget or innovative session format. It’s about something that is as old as disco balls, platform shoes and shag carpeting: peerology. SME — Subject Matter Experts — has long been an important component of education session development. But it’s time … [Read more…]