Whenever I open a meeting I run a human spectrogram map, allowing participants to quickly discover everyone at the meeting who lives (or works) near them. This is one of the most useful things you can do for a group […]
“How old are you?” All of us have wondered about the age of someone we’ve met, but asking this question can be awkward, even during a one-to-one conversation. Making public the ages of hundreds of people in a meeting room […]
A recent Wired article argues that “Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages“. Unsurprisingly, I agree — but there’s some light in the darkness!
Today’s meetings need to give meeting-goers many options, not just a few. But this doesn’t mean filling the conference program with every conceivable session topic. To be enjoyable and productive, meetings need white space: free time for attendees to do what […]
Why should you hire curious people? Because the future of work belongs to the neo-generalist. And neo-generalists are intensely curious. Here’s Harold Jarche, explaining the importance of generalists: Wicked problems need neo-generalists Neo-generalists defy common understanding. They cross boundaries, and […]
What’s the best way to facilitate a community discussion? Recently, I had to answer that question at short notice. My task: design and facilitate a two-hour community discussion in response to a bombshell announcement made by the largest employer in […]
Why not make your entire conference a braindate? One of Skift’s “10 event trends for 2020” is networking. The report predicts: “Activities such as braindates that deliver more meaningful connections will become mainstream at events.” The author, Julius Solaris, tweeted: […]
Ten years of Conferences That Work! Ten years ago today, I started this website and published my first book: Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love. (A decade later it’s still selling.) I’m proud to have written three books […]
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At BizBash Live DC, BizBash CEO and Founder David Adler and I took the stage at the Ronald Reagan Building for a wide-reaching interview on the best formats for live experiences in front of an invited crowd of several hundred meeting professionals. […]