Conferences That Work https://www.conferencesthatwork.com Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:16:15 -0500 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 My two-word ikigai https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/life-lessons/2019/11/my-two-word-ikigai/ https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/life-lessons/2019/11/my-two-word-ikigai/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:49:33 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=16087 The Japanese have a word ikigai, which roughly translates to “the reason you get out of bed in the morning.” Here’s my two-word ikigai: Facilitating connection. Do you know your ikigai? Graphic attribution: The Toronto Star  — and a hat tip to […]

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My two-word ikigai

The Japanese have a word ikigai, which roughly translates to “the reason you get out of bed in the morning.” Here’s my two-word ikigai:

Facilitating connection.

Do you know your ikigai?

Graphic attribution: The Toronto Star  — and a hat tip to Cool Tools for sharing this great graphic.

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Ten years of Conferences That Work! https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/promo/2019/11/ten-years-of-conferences-that-work/ https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/promo/2019/11/ten-years-of-conferences-that-work/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:59:12 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=15613 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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Ten years of Conferences That Work!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 (the latest was published this week) and over six hundred blog posts in the last ten years. After writing each book I was sure it would be the last one I wrote. Actually, I still am. Perhaps I’ll be wrong again about that…

To my amazement, this website has had over forty-nine million page views. That’s quite a jump from twenty-four thousand in the first year. These days, this site gets about six million page views per year, making it, as far as I know, the most popular website in the world on meeting design.Read the full article at Conferences That Work

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David Adler BizBash Live interview: the best formats for live experiences https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/interviews/2019/11/best-formats-for-live-experiences/ https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/interviews/2019/11/best-formats-for-live-experiences/#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2019 11:20:29 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=15943 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. […]

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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.

Here’s an annotated video of our 20-minute conversation:

Annotated video

00:00 How the thousand-year history of conferences affects the way we meet today.
02:20 Lectures are terrible ways to learn.
03:00 The forgetting curve and how it reduces the learning at traditional conferences.
04:15 Why I created my first participant-driven and participation-rich meeting in 1992.
06:20 The conference arc.
07:45 Uncovering participants’ wants and needs via crowdsourcing.

11:00 Some crowdsourcing rules of thumb.
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An excellent life story exercise for groups https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/life-lessons/2019/10/excellent-life-story-exercise-for-groups/ https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/life-lessons/2019/10/excellent-life-story-exercise-for-groups/#respond Mon, 28 Oct 2019 10:34:37 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=15273 In 2005, I joined a men’s group. Eight of us get together for two hours every fortnight. One man chooses a topic and leads the meeting. A couple of months ago, Brent offered the following life story exercise via a […]

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In 2005, I joined a men’s group. Eight of us get together for two hours every fortnight. One man chooses a topic and leads the meeting. A couple of months ago, Brent offered the following life story exercise via a preparatory email sent in advance:Read the full article at Conferences That Work

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Event Crowdsourcing free chapters! https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2019/10/event-crowdsourcing-free-chapters/ https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2019/10/event-crowdsourcing-free-chapters/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:30:57 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=15561 Want to get a taste of my new book Event Crowdsourcing: Creating Meetings People Actually Want and Need? Here are some Event Crowdsourcing free chapters for your enjoyment. Read Event Crowdsourcing free chapters Table of Contents, About the Author, Acknowledgements, How […]

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Want to get a taste of my new book Event Crowdsourcing: Creating Meetings People Actually Want and Need? Here are some Event Crowdsourcing free chapters for your enjoyment.

Read Event Crowdsourcing free chapters

Event Crowdsourcing free chapters

Read testimonials for Event Crowdsourcing here.

Buy Event Crowdsourcing (ebook or paperback or both) at the lowest possible price here!

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Event Crowdsourcing testimonials

A big thank-you to the meeting industry luminaries who were kind enough to write testimonials for Event Crowdsourcing!

Here’s what they wrote:Read the full article at Conferences That Work

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Creating Conferences That Work with Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/interviews/2019/10/creating-conferences-that-work-with-adrian-segar/ https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/interviews/2019/10/creating-conferences-that-work-with-adrian-segar/#respond Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:57:00 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=15722 For an excellent summary of the work I do, check out this interview and podcast, Creating Conferences That Work by Celisa Steele of Leading Learning. The podcast recording is nicely summarized in the show notes, so you can just read about what interests […]

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For an excellent summary of the work I do, check out this interview and podcast, Creating Conferences That Work by Celisa Steele of Leading Learning. The podcast recording is nicely summarized in the show notes, so you can just read about what interests you, and then listen to any or all of the interview sections from the links on the page.

Here’s an overview:Read the full article at Conferences That Work

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How to fix Apple Watch heart rate monitor not working https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/technology/2019/10/how-to-fix-apple-watch-heart-rate-monitor-not-working/ https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/technology/2019/10/how-to-fix-apple-watch-heart-rate-monitor-not-working/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2019 10:24:02 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=15675 Fix Apple Watch heart rate monitor! About six months ago I noticed that my Apple Watch wasn’t consistently reading my heart rate during running workouts. The watch started displaying “measuring” my heart beat for minutes (see Figure 1), especially at […]

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Figure 1 — no measurements at start and middle!

Fix Apple Watch heart rate monitor!

About six months ago I noticed that my Apple Watch wasn’t consistently reading my heart rate during running workouts. The watch started displaying “measuring” my heart beat for minutes (see Figure 1), especially at the beginning of a run. Sometimes the heart rate monitor stopped working to such an extent that I couldn’t even get a few readings during a 25-minute run (see Figure 2). I love my Apple Watch but it was time to fix my Apple Watch heart rate monitor.

Figure 2 – no heart rate chart!

After doing some research, here’s what I’ve curated from various internet sources, summarized in one convenient place.Read the full article at Conferences That Work

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Facilitating change: The power of sharing our experience https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/facilitating-change/2019/09/facilitating-change-the-power-of-sharing-our-experience/ https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/facilitating-change/2019/09/facilitating-change-the-power-of-sharing-our-experience/#respond Mon, 30 Sep 2019 10:27:12 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=15367 Sharing our experience of others directly with them can be incredibly powerful. Let me tell you a story… Not long ago, I was working at a multi-day workshop with a 6-person group that included someone I’ll call D. D self-described […]

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sharing our experience

Sharing our experience of others directly with them can be incredibly powerful. Let me tell you a story…

Not long ago, I was working at a multi-day workshop with a 6-person group that included someone I’ll call D. D self-described themself as mentally ill, bipolar, and with psychological issues. They spoke slowly, and described themself as not emotionally available, and often confused about what they said.

D also shared that they:

  • Felt isolated and wanted to get better at connecting with people;
  • Believed that other people couldn’t easily understand them and didn’t like them; and
  • Had a hard time deciding whether to attend the workshop.

D was clearly feeling fragile. Group work can be confrontational at times. So I privately hoped that the other group members would be supportive.

What happened?

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A healthy organization contains active cultures https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/facilitating-change/2019/09/healthy-organization-contains-active-cultures/ https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/facilitating-change/2019/09/healthy-organization-contains-active-cultures/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:36:44 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=15447 “Contains active cultures.” How often have you read this on the sides of yogurt containers? Well, healthy organizations contain active cultures too. Active cultures — not just for yogurt any more Just as there are hundreds of different strains of […]

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contains active culturesContains active cultures.” How often have you read this on the sides of yogurt containers? Well, healthy organizations contain active cultures too.

Active cultures — not just for yogurt any more

Just as there are hundreds of different strains of probiotic cultures, there are many ways to think about organizational culture. For example, you might focus on descriptive approaches: an organization’s core beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions about “what is” and “why is”, plus customary ways of interacting. Or, you could concentrate on a behavioral approach: how an organization consistently does things.

Unfortunately, in many organizational cultures the descriptive culture isn’t congruent with the behavioral reality. Ultimately, however you define organizational culture, what interests most people is changing it, hopefully for the better.

That’s where active (aka adaptive or adhocracy) organizational cultures shine.Read the full article at Conferences That Work

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