Welcome To
Conferences That Work
Design and facilitation of
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 and need. You can also include traditional plenary sessions for an event experience that will delight your attendees and stakeholders.

consult on conference 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 that will fundamentally improve your meetings and conference sessions.

I facilitate three popular sessions—The Solution Room, The Personal Introspective, and The Group Spective—that provide powerful opportunities for participants to learn, connect, engage, and reflect at your event.

I also specialize in designing and facilitating large group discussions on hot topics, using my unique Fishbowl Sandwich format.

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 or event.

Contact me today to set up a consultation.

Quick Links

An introduction to participant-led events: Demystifying The Unconference

3-minute video of a typical peer conference: Haute Dokimazo, Austin, TX, May 2017

PCMA Convene magazine interview: Adrian Segar: A Physicist Turned Super Connector

Honored to be a MeetingsNet 2017 Changemaker

Named one of the most innovative people in events by BizBash

How We Learn: The Books That Changed Meetings by Connect

A Meeting for Attendees, by Attendees by MeetingsNet

Voted one of the Top 5 Blogs in the Meetings and Events Industry

Included in Top 10 Event Professionals Worth Knowing on Social Media

Author of one of CVENT's 5 Favorite Event Industry Blog Posts

Planning the Unconference article about my work in Meetings & Conventions Magazine

Howard Givner's review of EventCamp East Coast

Peer Conference In Action

Recent Peer Conference Calendar Additions

  • 25 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017: FinCon peer conference for personal finance media, Dallas, TX.
    FinCon is a peer conference for personal finance media. 1,000+ of the best bloggers and financial minds around today participate to connect, learn to create compelling online content, and discover the latest trends in the world of personal finance. FinCon is an annual event with a dual mission:
  • 02 Nov 2017 - 03 Nov 2017: Vermont Vision For A Multicultural Future, The Putney School, Putney, VT.
    Vermont Vision provides a unique, stimulating learning environment for Vermont leaders on change management models and initiatives that create and sustain inclusive environments. Such diverse environments have proven to generate better decisions and more effective implementation. The conference conv

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From The Blog:

September 18, 2017

How to accidentally write a popular blog post

I accidentally wrote a blog post that receives more than a million page views every year. For proof, type “delete mail” into Google. My post How to delete ALL mail messages from iPhone/iPad in one step is #1 of the 127+ million results.

Actually, I’ve accidentally written several popular posts, and I’ve finally figured out what happened. Want to know what I’ve learned, so you can deliberately write popular posts? Read on!


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Thirty minutes free consulting included with book purchase on this site!

Download five free chapters here!

Where To Buy

Purchase eBook ($11), paperback ($26) or both ($32) at lowest available prices via PayPal on this site. Signing and U.S. shipping included. Paperback versions are also available from online bookstores everywhere.

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Reading [The Power of Participation] by @ASegar. Learning and loving it. A must for people who run meetings, conferences & trainings.

— Ciara Feely @Venue_finder September 11, 2016 tweet, https://twitter.com/Venue_finder/status/775081376580268037
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