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Conferences That Work
innovative conference formats that reliably build
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 25 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, facilitate entire conferences, individual sessions, and session crowdsourcing, 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 2009 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 latest book, The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action, is a comprehensive guide to participation techniques that increase learning, connection, engagement, and outcomes at any conference session.

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From The Blog:

June 30, 2016

Ask Me Anything About Event Production—Today! (June 30, 4-6pm EDT)

Today (June 30) from 4 – 6 pm Eastern Daylight Time I’m hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) about Event Production with A/V production professionals Brandt Krueger, Christopher De Armond, and Patrick Brochu. Between them, these three guys should be able to answer just about any question you have about event production. So, if you’re wondering how to contract wisely for A/V services, whether those line items for a cyc & fresnels are legitimate, why you need a 24-channel mixer, what kinds of insurance you need, or have any A/V production related questions, this is your chance to get great advice about event production from knowledgeable professionals.

Unlike our usual weekly #Eventprofs Happy Hour (follow @epchat or #ephh), where we use Google Plus Hangouts, our AMA will be hosted on the group video-conference platform Blab, making it open to anyone with the URL (see below). The only thing you’ll need to do to interact with our experts is to be logged in to your Twitter account, otherwise you’ll be restricted to lurking anonymously. If you haven’t used Blab before, here’s a great introductory Blab tutorial.

We’d love you to join us! Subscribe to the Blab in advance (you’ll get a notification when it starts), and/or join us here.

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Your book answers a lot of questions I had about design – it saved me lots of time and energy trying to figure out some answers through trial and error. So thank you!

— Terry Netto
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