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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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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.

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Bringing people together

Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Adrian Segar


In early 2010, at the first EventCamp, I discovered the wonder and power of meeting people face-to-face whom I had previously only met online. Perhaps the wonder is stronger for me than most, living in rural Vermont, 100+ miles from any city. Nevertheless, when I travel to a major metropolitan area these days and have a few hours free I try to bring people together.

This month I spent time in Chicago and a couple of trips to Washington, DC. Before the first DC jaunt, I sent an email out to #eventprofs and #assnchat acquaintances who lived in the area. KiKi L’Italien, Lindsey Rosenthal, Angelique Agutter, Alex Plaxen, Melanie Padgett Powers, and more met up for delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks at a private home (thank you Libby O’MalleyNancy Pasternack!) and dinner in Alexandria Old Town.

In Chicago I met with Heidi Thorne & Anne Carey for a tasty lunch.

And last week, Maddie Grant, Jamie Notter, Alex Plaxen, Brian Davis, Gina Leigh, Monica Bussolati, Moira Edwards, Brian Volmuth, Lori WoehrlePamela Strother (and probably a few others whom I didn’t get to talk to) met up at The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel (big thanks to Sarah Vining who sponsored our meetup!)

I love bringing people together in ways that work for them—in fact that’s my mission. So it was a pleasure to host these three casual meetups for event and association management professionals. What was amusing, however, was how often people thanked me for bringing them together. I had to laugh—here was a guy from Vermont facilitating connection between people who all lived near each other, people who could easily arrange to meet frequently. And yet…they didn’t.

Sometimes people need permission to connect. In this case, a small outside impetus was all that was required. An hour of my time to send emails out to my local connections, find somewhere to meet, and track/answer questions from those who were coming. No big deal. And I doubt it hurt my professional life to be a connector, an initiator for the enjoyable and interesting connections that subsequently occurred.

Yes, we’re all busy. But let’s not forget that our work in the event and association spheres is fundamentally about facilitating connection between others. And that should, once in a while, include ourselves—our peers—both known and new. So, pass it forward, my friends. Once or twice a year, send out some invites for a casual get together with your peers. It needn’t be elaborate or have a specific marketing focus; just meet somewhere for drinks or a meal. Publicize the event to your local network and welcome anyone who hears about it and wants to come.

You’ll be bringing people together. Who knows what the pleasant consequences will be?

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