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U.S. and Europe Power of Participation Workshops registration opens!

Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Adrian Segar

“Adrian Segar is so good at what he does, once you go to a conference that uses his methods, you never want to go to a regular conference again.”
— Traci Browne

Whether you’re in the U.S. or Europe, I’ve got a POPWORKS workshop for you! Every workshop is a unique opportunity for event owners, planners, moderators, designers, and presenters to:

  • learn experientially how to make your conferences and conference sessions far more engaging and effective;
  • gain powerful meeting design insights that will allow you to maximize learning, connection, engagement, and action outcomes; and
  • significantly increase owner and attendee satisfaction and participation at your sessions and events.

February 2-3, 2017: RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1½-day workshop, registration now open — €895. The first ten registrants will receive a signed paperback copy of The Power of Participation (€25 value).

March 20-21, 2017: Catalyst RanchChicago 1½-day workshop, registration now open —$599 if you register by January 7, $699 afterwards. The first ten registrants will receive a signed paperback copy of The Power of Participation ($26 value). The Convention Industry Council’s CMP Preferred Provider Program has approved this workshop for 16.00 CE hours.

The POPWORKS format focuses on active learning through direct experience of a multitude of participatory meeting techniques. We’ll use cycles of experiences followed by debriefs, interspersed with short “theory bites” that cover important background knowledge and concepts. Techniques will be introduced in approximately the order they might appear during a typical participation-rich event. The syllabus below gives more detail on what will be covered.


I’ll lead the workshop (with the help of participants from time to time). I’ve been convening, designing, and facilitating conferences for over 35 years, concentrating on participant-driven and participation-rich event facilitation and design since 1992.

Watch this short video to learn more about POPWORKS.

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Testimonials from earlier workshops

  • “I saw Adrian facilitating today, he’s a wizard, amazing :-).” — Thorben Grosser, General Manager, Europe, EventMobi
  • “ I have heard nothing but glowing reviews about your workshop with GaMPI. I am sick that I missed it. You left a lasting impression and helped our group a lot.” — Stephanie Henriksen, former Director of Curriculum, Georgia MPI Chapter
  • “ Your workshop was a breath of fresh air.” — Participant at Adrian’s 2012 EIBTM Participation Techniques Workshop
  • “ I’ve been sending e-mails to clients apologizing for NOT coming by their offices and taking them to Adrian’s presentation. I am so ashamed! I kept THEM from experiencing one of the most productive and informative workshops I have ever attended. It was great networking too!” — Kevin Priger
  • “Just came back from @AffordableMTGS in Chicago. @ASegar was the best facilitator/presenter…by far!” — De-de Mulligan, CMP, CMM, former Director of Education, Ohio MPI Chapter
  • “The attendees are still here talking to each other! That never happens!”  — Association education director, ten minutes after Adrian finished facilitating a national forum
  • “Events need engagement and participation, and Adrian Segar is the lead authority on the subject.” —  Julius Solaris, Editor of Event Manager Blog
  • “…one of the very best facilitators I’ve ever worked with onsite.”  — Mitchell Beer, President, Smarter Shift

Syllabus

Workshops start after lunch on Day 1 and continue into the evening (includes dinner). On Day 2, workshops run for approximately eight hours (includes lunch and, at Catalyst Ranch, breakfast). Participants must be present at the start of the workshop, and full attendance is strongly recommended for the best possible experience.

During each workshop you’ll get to know and connect with the other participants around common interests, share your own useful experience and expertise, and, guided by Adrian, learn what you want and need to know from everyone present. Because the agenda is somewhat flexible, a precise schedule is not given here, but the following techniques, theory bites, and much more will be covered over the 1½ days.

Techniques covered

Some techniques will be experienced as components of others. This will help develop participants’ tool chests of techniques that can be brought into service when needed.

  • The Three Questions
  • Roundtable
  • Human spectrograms
  • Crowdsourcing techniques
  • Anonymous, semi-anonymous, and public voting techniques
  • The Solution Room
  • Peer sessions
  • Fishbowls
  • Small group work
  • Personal introspective
  • Plus/Delta
  • Group spective

Theory bites

  • How covenants transform your event
  • Why incorporating participation is important
  • Why participation works
  • Environments that support participation (several sessions)
  • Experience versus listening
  • Emotion versus thinking
  • The gifts of listening and capture
  • Maintaining attention
  • Effective short form formats
  • Using white space at events
  • Planning versus improv
  • What you need to know about technology that you don’t
  • Encouraging connections outside sessions
  • Finding and working with peer facilitators
  • Evaluation traps

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Can’t attend one of these workshops but want to be informed of future workshops in your preferred workshop region(s)? Want to discuss partnering on a local workshop, or suggest a suitable venue? Have questions? Please fill out the form below. All information collected will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, rented, loaned, or otherwise disclosed.

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Help Wanted—Venues for my participation techniques workshops!

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Adrian Segar

help_664316355_7fb5883812_oThe success of my last request for workshop help has inspired me to ask for more. Traditional meeting venues aren’t always the best fit for participant-driven events, and I’m looking for meeting spaces for my upcoming 1½ day participation techniques workshops that concentrate on inexpensive simplicity and flexibility rather than glitz and expensive high-end features. Over the years, I’ve convened conferences in all kinds of unconventional meeting spaces, such as churches, school auditoria, and corporate entrance halls, so don’t limit your suggestions to conventional venues.

[At the time of writing, I am especially interested in European venues for a February 2017 workshop I am planning with Jan-Jaap In der Maur. If you know a possible candidate, please get in touch ASAP!]

If you’ve worked with me before, you’ll know that I am super flexible about making deals that are win-win for everyone involved. (Example: Let us use your organization’s space in return for reduced/free fees for employees.) So let me know what you want and let’s see what we can create together!

Here’s what I need.

Minimum requirements
Location: Within reasonable (1 hour) reach of an airport. Includes or is close to appropriate accommodations. (Most, if not all, participants will need to stay overnight for at least one day; some for as many as three.)

Space: Ideally 2,500 sq. ft. (~230 square meters) or larger space that is substantially clear of pillars, fixed furniture/obstructions. Smaller spaces may be acceptable, depending on layout and attendance.

Furnishings: One moveable chair for each participant (25 – 40). A few tables.

Inexpensive A/V:

  • A digital projector and screen. (We have been quoted obligatory fees for a two-day rental that exceed the cost to buy a nice projector and screen. And a “technician” was extra.) At a pinch, we could use a large flat-screen TV and my laptop.
  • Appropriate sound reinforcement for workshops with over ~25 participants, including:
    • either a genuine Countryman E6 headset (1st choice) or a high quality lav wireless mike (2nd choice).
    • a handheld wireless mike plus stand.

Food and beverage:

  • Light provisions for one mid-morning and two mid-afternoon breaks.
  • Water, tea and coffee service available during the 1½ day workshop.
  • One dinner and one lunch. Breakfast optional (though it must be available locally.)

Nice to have
Some 48″ – 60″ rounds.

A second handheld wireless mike plus stand. (Nice to have, but only needed for larger workshops.)

An available second adjacent smaller room would be great.

Things to avoid
Venues that require using expensive house suppliers of food & beverage and A/V.

I am happy for the venue to be beautiful/interesting/impressive, but don’t want to spend participants’ fees on glitz.

Please help!
Know a venue that would be a great fit? Own one? Then please contact me now, using the form below. Thanks!

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The best way I know to radically improve your conferences

Monday, September 5th, 2016 by Adrian Segar

This 3-minute video explains why registering for one of my upcoming participation techniques workshops could be the best career decision you’ll make this year.

You’ll save $100 when you sign up for my Chicago workshop by September 9th, earn 16.00 CE hours, and — most important — learn how to significantly increase attendee satisfaction at your events.

Please share this post with your colleagues too! Thanks!

Stay informed about future workshops or help Adrian hold one!
Can’t make it to the Chicago workshop but want to be informed about future workshops? Interested in partnering with Adrian to hold a workshop in your location? Just complete the form below! Any information collected will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, rented, loaned, or otherwise disclosed.

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AfricaAsiaCanadaCentral AmericaEastern EuropeEuropean UnionMiddle EastOceanaSouth AmericaThe CaribbeanUnited States - MidwestUnited States - NortheastUnited States - SouthUnited States - West

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