PCMA’s First Omnichannel Convening Leaders: The Great, the Good and the Not So…

I was excited to attend PCMA’s Omnichannel Convening Leaders event last week. Having attended more than 20 of PCMA’s Annual Meetings over the years (both in person and virtually), I expected high energy, experimental delivery and great content. I wasn’t expecting to connect with my friends or to feel the same high I get from … [Read more…]

Key Takeaways from PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2020

The Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders in San Francisco In early January served as an engaging and energizing way to kick off a new year and a new decade. I’ve been a regular attendee and active volunteer in PCMA for over 25 years and continue to be impressed at their willingness to take risks … [Read more…]

Free-Agent, Lisa Block, Joins Velvet Chainsaw

While many have been focused this winter on who is going to land free agents like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, Lisa Block inked a deal to join the Velvet Chainsaw Consulting team! Lisa will join our team just in time for opening day – April 2, 2019 – as Executive Vice President, Conference Strategy … [Read more…]

Creating Customized Conference Learning Experiences

Dave Lutz and I recently presented for ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference 2012 on Creating Customized Conference Learning Experiences. We shared our philosophy and process for planning the content for PCMA’s 2011 and 2012 Learning Lounge. The Learning Lounge was a joint project between PCMA, Freeman and Velvet Chainsaw. Here are the slides from our presentation. … [Read more…]

Authors Speak Out About Conferences And Events: Learning Lounge Speakers Part 2

And you thought that the previous video of Learning Lounge speakers showcased a killer lineup. You’ve not seen anything yet. Just wait! There’s even more! We’ve value-sized your Learning Lounge experience. You been upgraded to receive insights that are guaranteed to rock your meetings world! PCMA and Velvet Chainsaw are committed to bringing you ideas … [Read more…]

San Diego Here We Come! PCMA Learning Lounge Speakers 2012

Follow these Learning Lounge 2012 speakers in Twitter. Learning Lounge 2012 Velvet Chainsaw is working with PCMA again to organize part of the 2012 Convening Leaders Learning Lounge. There will be more than 100+ education opportunities from Big Ideas TED style presentations, to “How To” iPad sessions, to “Bring Your Own Mobile Device” instructional presentations … [Read more…]

Breaking Down Association Silos And Playing To Win

Formerly titled Playing To Win, 2009 Edition Belonging to your association and attending your live events are no longer the only ways for your members to build their network or receive just-in-time education. How will you continue to meet their needs? By breaking your staff out of their silos and making sure they share the … [Read more…]

7 Meetings Industry Take-Aways From Convening Leaders 2010

Here are seven takeaways from  PCMA’s 54th Convening Leaders Annual Conference that I attended recently in Dallas, TX.   1. Expert failure in the decision making process occurs for one of two reasons: incompetence, the disease of idiocy, or  miscalibration, the disease of over confidence. Miscalibration is more dangerous than incompetency.  In times of crisis, … [Read more…]

20 Things To Know Before Attending PCMA 2010 In Dallas

Are you attending PCMA’s 54th Annual Meeting: Convening Leaders, January 10-13, 2010 in Dallas, TX?    If yes, welcome to my hometown. Here are 20 things you should know before arriving in the “Big D.” (If you’re not attending, you still need to know these things for your next Dallas adventure.)    1. Longhorns and steer don’t … [Read more…]