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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.

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Recent Peer Conference Calendar Additions

  • 18 Sep 2017 - 19 Sep 2017: The Garden Center Group Fall Event, Burlington Hilton, Burlington, VT.
    Adrian will design and facilitate this two-day peer conference for The Garden Center Group: an association of progressive garden retailers, consultants and vendors who come together each year to net
  • 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:

For more upcoming events >>>>

From The Blog:

August 14, 2017

Win a free set of my books by helping me with research for the next one!

Want a free set of my books? I’m doing a little research for my next book — working title The Little Book of Event Crowdsourcing Secrets — and I’d love your answers to a short (5 minutes maximum) survey of your personal experience of conference satisfaction.

Everyone who completes the survey by August 20 will be entered in a drawing for a free set of licensed copies of Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love and The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action — a $22 value! I’ll be giving away five sets of books to five lucky winners. If you have copies already you can donate your copies to someone else.

Ready to help me out and win free copies of my books?
Please read the rules below. Here’s the survey!

Pesky but needed rules
Entrants must be over 18 and have attended at least three conferences in recent memory. No purchase necessary. One entry per person. Full name and valid email must be supplied to receive prize. One licensed set of Adrian’s two ebooks will be given away to five randomly chosen entrants who have completed a short survey. Surveys must be completed by midnight EDT August 20, 2017. The odds of winning are dependent on the number of completed entries received. Winners will be notified by email on or before August 23, 2017. At the end of the survey, you’ll have the opportunity to request to be kept informed about the publication of Adrian’s next book; otherwise the individual information you submit will not be used for any other purpose. Winners’ names, if they give permission, will be supplied in response to an emailed request to adrian@segar.com.

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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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