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Conferences That Work
an innovative conference format that reliably builds
highly interactive, participant-led events,
leveraging attendee expertise and experience to
create exactly the conference that participants need and want.

"Simply the most productive conference I've been to."



Do you want to make your current face-to-face conference "can't miss" better, even as more and more content becomes available online? Are you wondering how to successfully start a new conference? Are your events suffering from falling attendance, evaluations, or profits? I can help!

I'll help you create engaging conferences around the learning your attendees really want and need. Conferences designed to build meaningful, mutually beneficial connections between participants. Conferences that help people work smarter and lead to action.

For over 20 years I've been designing and facilitating Conferences That Work: innovative, highly interactive, attendee-driven events that leverage attendees' expertise and experience to create just the conference that participants want. If desired, you can include traditional plenary sessions to create an event experience that will delight your attendees.

I'm available for consultation on your conference (re)design, present regularly about participant-led and participation-rich events, and lead interactive workshops on participation techniques anyone can use to improve their conference sessions. I also offer two popular sessions—The Solution Room and The Personal Introspective—that provide powerful opportunities for participants to connect, engage, and learn at your event.

My book, Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love condenses 30 years experience designing, organizing, and facilitating conferences into an information-packed step-by-step guide to a proven design for creating productive conferences that people love.

My next book, The Power of Participation, is a comprehensive guide to participation techniques that increase learning, connection, and engagement at any conference session. Use the form below to be notified when it's published in 2015.

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Recent Peer Conference Calendar Additions

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For more information on learning to hold Conferences That Work>>>>

  • Mar 15 2015 - : Successful Meetings University International — Creating Participant-Driven and Participation-Rich Meetings: What You Need to Know and Why, The Sheraton Times Square, New York City, NY.
    Adrian will facilitate an interactive session at SMU International on the global business and meeting industry trends that are making participant-driven and participation-rich formats increasingly crucial requirements if you want to grow attendance and improve engagement at your face-to-face events.
  • Mar 19 2015 - Mar 22 2015: Faff Camp—a peer conference for Voiceover Professionals, Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade – San Antonio, TX.
    Faff Camp is a peer-to-peer professional development conference for working voiceover pros (not just voice talents, voice actors, and narrators, but all pros who do work related to voice overs). It’s participant driven and highly interactive.
  • Jun 22 2015 - Jun 25 2015: edACCESS 2015 24th annual conference, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA.
    The premier conference for information technology professional staff at small schools. Adrian designed and will facilitate the entire four-day conference.
  • Sep 25 2015 - Sep 27 2015: Canada Executive Leadership Unconference 2015, .
    The Canada Executive Leadership Unconference 2015 (aka CELU 2015) will deliver first class thought leadership using the open space technology format. Participants will receive unique insights into best practices, and hear success stories involving leadership, management, technology, and career deve

For more upcoming events >>>>


From The Blog:

February 23, 2015

Produce for a micro conference market

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Fifty years ago, producers and marketers got smart. They saw the miracle of mass marketing and they adopted it as their own. They amped up mass production and bet on the masses.
The smart creators today are seeing the shift and doing precisely the opposite:
Produce for a micro market.
Market to a micro market.
—Seth Godin, Mass production and mass media

Despite the status associated with big conferences, most meetings are small meetings. Whether by accident or design, in today’s world this is a good thing. The heyday of the large amorphous conference—where plenaries consist of well-known people trying to entertain or inspire you, meeting important people by chance is unlikely, and you’re uninterested in most of the sessions—is past.

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[During the session] I witnessed colleagues who were in very real pain surrounding this issue…I felt happy to share my own personal struggles and offered ongoing communication with my peers to help support one another as they also offered the same to me and others. — Conference participant

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