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July 28th, 2014 by Adrian Segar
Architecture students bristle when Joshua Prince-Ramus tells them that they are entering a rhetorical profession.
A great architect isn’t one who draws good plans. A great architect gets great buildings built.
Now, of course, the same thing is true for just about any professional. A doctor has to persuade the patient to live well and take the right actions. A scientist must not only get funded but she also has to persuade her public that her work is well structured and useful.
It’s not enough that you’re right. It matters if it gets built.
—Seth Godin, If you can’t sell it, you can’t build it
A great reminder from Seth, as usual.
As a consultant you have no authority, only influence. And sometimes you will fail.
Even if you’re right and do an amazing selling job, sometimes you will fail.
Because sometimes it’s not about you, it’s about them.
If you can’t handle failure—having your great advice ignored—you won’t be consulting for long.
Photo attribution: Flickr user norio-nakayama
July 22nd, 2014 by Adrian Segar
Join me, Sandy Heierbacher, Lisa Heft, Tim Merry, and Susanna Haas Lyons July 29, 2 – 3 pm EST, for a free one-hour National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation Confab call as we dig into challenges and strategies for planning and managing effective closings at participatory events.
The five of us have extensive experience closing large-scale events using approaches such as Open Space, World Cafe, Conferences That Work, Art of Hosting, and 21st Century Town Meetings.
The Confab will be an informal conversation (no pre-planned presentations!) where we’ll share different strategies for closing participatory events (with an emphasis on larger events) and common challenges and concerns. For instance, for large participatory events: how can you involve everyone in the room in a way that is powerful and meaningful, without being too cheesy or taking too much time?
You can participate by asking questions and sharing your own experiences. We look forward to a fun, productive confab!
Register (it takes one minute, promise) and we’ll send you information on how to join the call.
July 19th, 2014 by Adrian Segar
“Things are the way they are because they got that way.”
—Quip attributed to Kenneth Boulding
The hundreds-of-years-dominant paradigm for sessions, conferences, and meetings is broadcast: most of the time, one person presents and everyone else listens and watches. Why?
I think there are two principal historic reasons: one shaped by technology, the other by culture.
How technology shapes our system of education
Perhaps you’re thinking: Technology? Isn’t technology a relatively recent development? How could technology have influenced how we learnt hundreds of years ago? Read the rest of this entry »
July 17th, 2014 by Adrian Segar
—Traci Browne, Facebook post
Like my friend Traci, I receive a constant stream of messages from developers about their new event apps. Naturally, as a frequent commentator on the event industry, I am anxious to throw myself into the tiniest details of these innovative products that are sure to revolutionize every event professional’s life. Clearly they are tools that will: Read the rest of this entry »
July 14th, 2014 by Adrian Segar
In May I spent a gastronomically intense delightful week in San Francisco, eating lunch and dinner at different restaurants almost every day. After an initial low from consuming the worst tuna salad sandwich ever during a hectic rush to return my rental car, I enjoyed French, Italian, Korean, vegetarian, New American, and Argentinean cuisines, to name a few. And I noticed a pattern to my favorite experiences.
I like small plate meals best.
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June 30th, 2014 by Adrian Segar
We live in an imperfect world. Life doesn’t go according to plan. Entropy increases. The terrible has already happened.
In other words—stuff breaks all the time.
We need to remember this, and keep one thing in mind.
It’s the repair that’s important.
Photo attribution: Flickr user pedrosek
June 23rd, 2014 by Adrian Segar
Sometimes an experience is worth a million words.
In 1982, Australian physicians Barry Marshall and Robin Warren proposed that a bacterium Helicobacter pylori was the cause of most ulcers, challenging established medical doctrine that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid. Their claim was ridiculed, so Barry drank a Petri dish containing cultured Heliobacter and promptly developed gastritis. His self-experiment eventually helped change medical thinking. In 2005, both men were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.
So, how do we convince people?
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June 16th, 2014 by Adrian Segar
I resonate with and find value in so much of Dan Pontefract‘s perspective that I’m posting this succinct Slideshare summary, created by 33voices. Take a couple of minutes to view it. Do you agree?