Tag: professional development

Empowering Conference Registrants To See Learning As A Journey Not A Finish Line

Do your conference learning opportunities—from the general session to networking to breakouts to deep dive workshops—empower registrants to participate in their own learning journey? Or do your conference education sessions motivate participants to see the finish line? Their learning stops once the session ends. Authentic learner-centered conferences foster a connection between the participant and the … [Read more…]

21st Century Leadership Skills Require Collaborative Learning

Are 21st Century conference organizers trying to create success using outdated 20th Century skills? According to a 2012 Skillsoft survey, too many professionals today are trying to lead with last century’s abilities. Then they wonder why their business, or in this case their conference, is not thriving. Skillsoft’s findings illustrate that 21st Century leaders must … [Read more…]

Ten Meeting Professional Resolutions For Personal And Professional Development

It’s the start of a new year and most people are thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. Have you made yours yet? Personally, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I make goals during the entire year. And I set personal commitments as I need them. 10 New Year’s Resolutions To Increase Your Professional Development If … [Read more…]

Using Emotional Marketing Value To Create Conference Education Titles That Attract Not Repel

You’re browsing a conference website. The dates look good. The city is appealing to you. The hotel seems to offer a reasonable rate. The schedule is jam-packed with offerings. So does the conference offer anything of education value? You click the link to the education sessions. There you see a long list of hyperlinked session … [Read more…]

Conference Trend: Taste On A Toothpick

Like moth to the flame, mosquitoes to blood or honey bees to pollen, the mall crowd surrounded the young man. Piranhas Devouring Their Prey They looked like a frenzied group of piranhas, devouring their prey. They were driven by the opportunity for a taste on a toothpick. The chance to sample food. To digest and … [Read more…]

Nine Essentials To Keep Your Presentation From Becoming A Corpse

Presentations are the economy of most conferences and business today. Yet most presentations are boring. A majority of them are just uninteresting. They lack humanness, life, passion and emotional connections. Today, many conference participants feel trapped by a parade of monotonous, dreary, insipid presentations. It doesn’t take long to recognize a corpse. It takes even … [Read more…]

The 21st Century Conference Attendee Bill Of Rights

Here is the heart of why most people attend conferences: learning. Learning about others. Learning new ideas through collaboration and problem solving. Learning what has worked. Learning solutions to our problems. Learning current trends and research to further our careers. Learning is the heartbeat of today’s world. Stop learning and you stop progression, and business … [Read more…]

Designing Next Generation Conference Education Sessions

On May 11, 2010, I presented a Webinar for KRM Information on Designing Next Generation Conference Education Sessions: Creating an Environment for Informal and Formal Learning in a Digital Age. Update May 13, 2010: Listen to the free recording of the sixty-minute presentation. As promised, here are the slides from the presentation. Enjoy. Designing Next Generation … [Read more…]

Save These Dates: On Designing Next Generation Conference Education

Mark your calendars! May 11 and 25, 2-3 pm ET for a two-fer webinar series. It’s two great education sessions for the price of one…oops I mean for the price of free hosted by KRM. Part I – May 11, 2-3 pm ET I will present: Designing Next-Generation Conference Education Sessions: Creating an Environment for … [Read more…]

The Three Dimensions Of Meeting Stewardship

Recently I wrote about the need to create meeting stewards for our conferences and events to plan, orchestrate and oversee each conference attendees’ experiences. We can’t continue on the trajectory of piecemealing together conference logistics, content and other meeting fragments and expecting a sophisticated, quality attendee experience. It just doesn’t work. Attendees know when the … [Read more…]