Media Kit

by Adrian Segar

Contact Information
I’m available for event design, design workshops, event and session facilitation, interviews and presentations on event design, Conferences That Work, participant-led events, crowdsourcing, and participative techniques for conference sessions.

PO Box 86, Marlboro, VT 05344
Voice: (802)254-3566
Twitter: @ASegar

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Media attention
Quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal
Named one of the most innovative people in events by BizBash Magazine
Named one of MeetingNet’s most influential online personalities in meetings and travel
How We Learn: Books That Changed Meetings
Interview on MeetingsPodcast (includes transcript)
Interview by Jenise Fryatt on Sound ‘n Sight blog
Book review from The Conference Department
Adrian was a member of the international team that won the 2009 European Physics Society High Energy and Particle Physics Prize for an important neutrino experiment he worked on in the 1970’s

Adrian Segar is a former elementary particle physicist who has organized and facilitated conferences for over 30 years. Dissatisfied with traditional conferences, and realizing that he loved to connect with people and to create spaces for them to connect with each other, he created the first peer conference in 1992, and has been refining Conferences That Work process ever since.

Adrian’s first book Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love, published in 2009, describes this unique, increasingly popular, participant-driven and participation-rich conference format, now used at innovative meetings all over the world. His latest book, published in 2015, is The Power Of Participation: Creating Conference Sessions That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, And Action, an extensive compendium of conference participation techniques conference organizers and presenters can use to significantly improve any meeting.

Adrian is an acknowledged innovator and speaker on participant-led event design, and facilitates two popular opening and closing plenaries—The Solution Room and A Personal Retrospective—at many conferences. He has presented at Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress, PCMA’s Education Conference, European Incentive Business Travel and Meetings Exhibitions, MPI Chapter meetings, the MPI Chapter Business Summit, The FRESH Conference, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s MEET, and the Green Meetings Industry Council & New England Society of Association Executives annual conferences. For two years, Adrian was the community manager for the weekly #eventprofs Twitter chat, and currently hosts the weekly #Eventprofs Happy Hour Hangout on Google Plus. He is a proponent of and presenter at EventCamps—volunteer-run, innovative, experimental conferences for event professionals—and convened and facilitated two in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC.

In 1973, Adrian earned a Physics B.A. as Postmaster at Merton College, Oxford. At the age of 25, Adrian was awarded a Ph.D. in elementary particle physics from University College, London. 37 years later, the experiment he worked on was awarded the 2009 European Physics Prize. From 1978-1983 Adrian owned and managed Solar Alternative, a solar energy manufacturing company. He also taught computer science at Marlboro College for ten years, and was an independent information technology consultant between 1983-2007.

Adrian lives in Marlboro, Vermont, is the founder and president of two non-profits, and loves to sing and dance.

Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love supplies a revealing look at the limitations of traditional conferences, and a complete road map to creating a more effective alternative.

Any group of people who want to meet and share a common interest can benefit from Conferences That Work, a one-stop resource of practical information and tools to help plan and facilitate a safe and supportive attendee-led peer conference.

Inside, peer conference expert Adrian Segar shows how Conferences That Work use innovative group process to not only generate high-value content but also encourage meaningful and memorable participant interactions. Using insightful sidebars illuminating key details as well as real-world stories illustrating important concepts, he guides you step-by-step through his proven strategy for creating productive peer conferences that attendees love.

The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action
Smart presenters and meeting organizers are integrating experiential learning and peer connection into their events. This book tells you how to do it. Buy The Power of Participation to learn why it’s so important to incorporate participant action into every aspect of your event, what you need to know to create a meeting environment that supports and encourages participation, and when and how to use this extensive compendium of specific, detailed techniques to radically improve your sessions and meetings.

Publisher and Purchasing Information
Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love
Booklocker | November 2009 | 8½ x 11 Paperback 350 pages | ISBN 978-1-601-45992-3

The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action
Segar Consulting | June 2015 | 8½ x 11 Paperback 322 pages | ISBN:978-1-511-55598-2