Never mind the quality, feel the width

July 10th 2013 Many conferences are starting to move away from the classic  series of 50-60 minute time slots for keynote presentations and break-out sessions. Since the advent of the highly successful TED  events with their 15 minute slots it would appear that this format is rapidly being incorporated in association and corporate events. The most astonishing version of this I’ve come […]

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The Jordan Belfort Phenomenon

February 2014 Jordan Belfort is not the first financial fraudster to turn infamy to his advantage and hit the speaker circuit. Our tolerance and forebearance towards white collar criminals puzzles me.  His was not a victim-less crime.  He knowingly and deliberately commited securities fraud and money laundering activities and 1500 investors lost a total of more than $200m. From recent […]

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Conference sessions – why are we so time obsessed?

January 2014 To paraphrase Alice in Wonderland ‘what is the use of a conference without context or conversation?’ Traditionally conference agendas have been broken down into 50 or 60 minute sessions regardless of the demands of the topic or content complexity.  As the generational shift starts to make its impact felt it appears that the conference industry has determined that […]

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Is there still room for fun?

The ex Business Theatre Producer in me was re-awakened by a recent post by Velvet Chainsaw (they always get me thinking) which called for a move to bring ‘the sexy’ back into conferences. There’s been a great deal of discussion and research over the last few years about how to deliver content that’s relevant and actionable and about the style of  delivery mechanisms […]

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