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.
Although I’ve been designing and facilitating participant-driven and participation-rich meetings since 1992, I feel especially good about the last decade. It was in 2009 that I decided to switch my professional focus to creating and championing Conferences That Work. Since then I’ve done my best to convince the meeting industry to change how it thinks about meeting design; to concentrate on meeting process as well as logistics.
I’ve met a lot of wonderful people, and had tons of fun and adventures along the way. I’ve done my best to share ideas and experiences of value, and continue to learn from every meeting and everyone I meet. Thank you everyone whose life I’ve touched and whose life has touched mine.
And the journey isn’t over yet. I’m excited!
Original graphic with obscure reference, modified into almost complete irrelevance, courtesy of the incomparable xkcd