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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Conferences and Events – the why’s and wherefore’s

August 2016 Why are we so reluctant to ask the question … why? Those of us whose default behaviour is to question everything are often considered annoying or negative but maybe it’s time that all of us passionate about doing a good job started to ask the question… ‘why?’. Why are we holding the event? Why are we holding it […]

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Measuring Conference ROI – A Good First Step

August 2016   How many of your delegates took notes at your last conference?  If they’re not taking notes, why not? Is it because your presenters aren’t providing information that’s  relevant or implementable or even sufficiently thought provoking?  Or is it because note taking is not considered integral to the design process of your event? If you want to measure […]

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Ballroom seating plans – the do’s and don’ts.

August 2016 Calling all venue sales and operational staff and their clients.  Do you ever walk into the room when the set up is complete and look at it from a delegate or dinner guest’s point of view? With cabaret style seating everyone should have a clear view of the stage and speaker/performer.  Isn’t this why we choose cabaret style seating? […]

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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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