Here you’ll find free downloads of numerous useful peer conference resource materials, including all the handouts, forms, model session narratives, timing soundtracks and scripts, and conference databases described in Conferences That Work and The Power of Participation.
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The latest free update to Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love:
- Conferences That Work supplement 2.0 (PDF, last update November 22, 2015) <== Latest version
- Conferences That Work supplement 1.0 (PDF, last update July 24, 2013, superseded by version 2.0)
Conference handouts, cards, and forms
- The Four Freedoms card
- Peer session signup sheet
- Peer session signup instructions
- Peer session primer handout
- Peer session facilitation handout
- Peer session primer and facilitation handout (two pages)
- Roundtable (aka “The Three Questions”) question card
- Peer session attendance sheet (no permissions)
- Peer session attendance sheet (with permissions)
- Personal introspective questions card
Conference handouts, cards, and forms are supplied in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Macintosh OS X can view these files without additional software. Otherwise you can download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader here.
Model session narratives
- Peer conference introduction narrative
- Single roundtable narrative
- Two roundtables narrative
- Peer session sign-up narrative
- Personal introspective narrative
- Affinity grouping narrative
These model session narratives, supplied as Microsoft Word documents, provide an ideal starting point for facilitating peer conference sessions. Use them as is, or modify them to fit your particular circumstances.
These two databases are supplied in FileMaker Pro 7 format. You will need a copy of FileMaker Pro (Version 7 or later, available for both PC & Macintosh computers) to use these files. The downloads consist of compressed zip archives, which can be unzipped on your computer.
- Demo sounds
- Roundtable timer 60+30 seconds
- Roundtable timer 90+30 seconds
- Roundtable timer 105+30 seconds
- Roundtable timer 120+30 seconds
- Roundtable timer 150+30 seconds
As described in Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love, these soundtracks, in the mp3 format playable by any music player, can be used to provide roundtable “time’s up” warnings. Each track plays two sounds at the appropriate times: a bell ringing when an attendee’s time is up, and a warning “ping” 30 seconds earlier. The Demo Sounds soundtrack is used at the start of the roundtable to familiarize attendees with the sounds they will hear.
FlexTime timer scripts
If you own the Macintosh timing software FlexTime you can use these two scripts to quickly create your own customized timing software for roundtable or other peer conference sessions. The downloads consist of compressed zip archives, which can be unzipped on your computer.