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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 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 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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  • 28 Aug 2015 - 30 Aug 2015: Testing In The Archipelago Network, Karlskrona, Sweden.
    At the very first TITAN peer conference we will focus on Leadership and Testing. Some examples of subjects that could be covered are below: -What is leadership in software testing? -Why should we care about leadership at all? -Collaboration with other leaders. -What makes a good leader? Have you
  • 25 Sep 2015 - 27 Sep 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
  • 02 Nov 2015 - 05 Nov 2015: Peer 180° at The International Surface Event East, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
    The International Surface Event East is a unique show offering the flooring, tile and stone industry professionals an end of year opportunity to do business and close deals. Peer 180° at TISE East provides a new and exciting opportunity for industry professionals to shape thei
  • 05 Nov 2015 - 06 Nov 2015: 4th Annual Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future, Grand Summit Hotel & Conference Center at the Mount Snow Resort, West Dover, Vermont.
    Vermont Vision conferences provide unique, stimulating learning environments for Vermont leaders on change management models and initiatives that create and sustain environments free of prejudice and discrimination. Vermont Vision conferences convene practitioners with proven ability achieving goals
  • 30 Mar 2016 - 01 Apr 2016: The Australian & New Zealand Metabolomics Conference, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Melbourne, Australia.
    ANZMET is a peer-driven event aimed at fostering an all-inclusive, engaging and rich interpersonal process. The program features a blend of traditional presentations and ‘Rapid Fire’ sessions for the promotion of postgraduate research, roundtable discussions and peer sessions. ANZMET is a pla

For more upcoming events >>>>

From The Blog:

August 27, 2015

Body voting 101 delightfully illustrated

The creative folks at Kinetech Arts in San Francisco published this delightful illustration of body voting, inspired by a short presentation I gave at their weekly media lab on August 4, 2015.

Kinetech Arts Physical Poll #1 (graphic) Kinetech Arts Physical Poll #1 (comments)


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