A novel way to assess consensus

Chapter 44 of my book The Power of Participation explains how facilitators use participatory voting to provide public information about viewpoints in the room, and pave the way for further discussion. In particular, we often use participatory voting to assess consensus. It’s often […]

The four meeting professionals you meet in heaven

The essential characteristics of meeting professionals If there is a heaven on earth in the event industry, there are four essential characteristics of successful meeting professionals you’ll meet there. These four characteristics are essential because event professionals who possess and […]

Gamification makes about as much sense as chocolate-dipped broccoli

Gamification “makes about as much sense as chocolate-dipped broccoli”. Education professor Amy Bruckman, coined this analogy in a 1999 paper on game software design: “Most attempts at making software both educational and fun end up being neither. Fun is often treated […]

Designing conferences to solve participants’ problems

What makes attending conferences worthwhile? As I described in Conferences That Work, the two most common reasons for attending conferences are to learn useful things and make useful connections. But there are numerous other ways that conferences provide value to stakeholders. […]

The danger of our drive to make sense

In our natural desire to predict the future and make good decisions, we must always stay mindful of the danger of our drive to make sense. Nick Chater and George Loewenstein propose that evolution has produced a ‘drive for sense-making’. […]

Moderating Online Panels — Ideas and Resources

Last week I immensely enjoyed participating in a two-hour Zoom brain trust on moderating online panels. So good, it should be shared with a wider audience. So here’s a treasury of good ideas and resources we uncovered. Huge thanks to […]