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Adrian Segar
Works at www.conferencesthatwork.com
Attended University of Oxford
Lives in Marlboro, VT & Boston, MA
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Designing, re-designing, facilitating, and consulting on participant-driven and participation-rich events.
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Facilitation, meeting design, association management, community management
Employment
  • www.conferencesthatwork.com
    Owner, 2007 - present
  • Segar Consulting
    Owner, 1983 - 2007
  • Marlboro College
    Professor of Computer Science, 1983 - 1993
  • Solar Alternative
    Owner, 1978 - 1983
  • Tufts University
    Research Associate, High Energy Physics, 1977 - 1978
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Marlboro, VT & Boston, MA
Previously
London, England - Geneva, Switzerland - Batavia, Illinois - Palo Alto, California - Oxford, England
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I design & facilitate participation-rich & participant-driven events. (And I write books on how to do it.)
Introduction
I've organized and facilitated conferences for 30+ years. Until recently, my conference work coexisted alongside a variety of other professions, including research in elementary particle physics (gotta Ph.D.), co-owning and managing a solar manufacturing company, teaching computer science, and a long spell as an independent information technology consultant.

In 2007, I switched to working full-time on the design and facilitation of participant-driven conferences and sessions. Since the publication of my book Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love in 2009 I've become an energetic champion for participation-rich and participant-driven meetings as vehicles for uncovering and satisfying actual attendee needs for optimum learning, connection, engagement, and action. My latest book The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action explains how to maximize learning, connection, engagement, and action at the session level.

I've been named one of The Most Innovative People in Events by BizBash Magazine, one of The Top 10 Event Professionals Worth Knowing on Social Media, and one of MeetingNet's Eleven Most Influential Online Personalities in Meetings & Travel. Articles about me have appeared in Meetings & Conventions Magazine, BizBash Magazine, Successful Meetings, MeetingsNet, Association Meetings, Success Magazine, Science Meetings, PCMA Convene Magazine, and many other event magazines and blogs. I write regularly on event design and other issues on my blog, was the community manager of the weekly #eventprofs chats on Twitter during 2011-12, and am currently the moderator of the G+ #eventprofs community where I host the (mostly) weekly #eventprofs Happy Hour Hangout on Thursday afternoons.

Currently, I'm consulting on conference (re)design and facilitation, presenting on participant-driven and participation-rich events, facilitating The Solution Room and Personal Introspective sessions at conferences, and running workshops on using participative techniques to transform conference sessions.

I'm the founder and president of two non-profits: edACCESS and the Marlboro School Association, a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute, and served for six years as a board member and treasurer of United Way of Windham County. I live with my wife Celia in Marlboro, Vermont and Boston, Massachusetts, and love to sing & dance, and hang out with our three grandchildren.
Bragging rights
I've been quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. In 2009 I shared the European Physical Society Prize for High Energy Physics for an experiment I worked on at CERN in 1973, when at one point I was trapped in an elevator with a Nobel Prize winner.
Education
  • University of Oxford
    Physics, B.A., 1970 - 1973
  • Unversity College, London
    Physics, Ph. D., 1973 - 1977
  • Vermont Leadership Institute
    Leadership, 2007 - 2008
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An unhappy IT client story illustrates a way to improve events
How can we build connection and engagement with people with whom we work? My wise consultant friend Naomi Karten tells a short story about a client's unexpected reaction.
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Why you shouldn't use Facebook, Medium, LinkedIn, etc, to host your original content…
Friends don't let friends give away their original content to third-party platforms I've been saying this for years, but do people listen? No they don't. Let me be clear, by all means share your content for free on any of the gazillion social media platforms available.
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Applying a little interpersonal neurobiology to meetings…
As 2017 begins, take a moment to think about meetings in a wider context. OK, a very wide context. Who am I? We've all wondered about some form of this question.
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A New York Times exploration of fully-virtual corporate annual meetings illustrates various downsides of virtual meetings versus in-person and hybrid meetings.
This New York Times exploration of fully-virtual corporate annual meetings illustrates various downsides of virtual meetings versus in-person and hybrid meetings.
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I'm holding new POPWORKS 1½-day workshops in Europe (Amsterdam, February) and the U.S. (Chicago, March). The first ten registrants will receive a complimentary signed paperback copy of The Power of Participation . Event owners, planners, moderators, designers, and presenters will:

— Learn experientially how to make conferences and conference sessions far more engaging and effective.
— Gain powerful meeting design insights that maximize learning, connection, engagement, and action outcomes.
— Significantly increase owner and attendee satisfaction and participation at sessions and events.

http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/workshop/2016/12/u-s-and-europe-power-of-participation-workshops-registration-opens/
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Van Halen's 1982 World Tour performance contract contained a provision calling for them to be provided backstage with a bowl of M&Ms from which all the brown candies had been removed. Although this sounds like a self-indulgent rock-group's outrageous whim, there was a sound business reason for inserting this peculiar request in the depths of a 53-page contract. And I'm starting to wonder if I need to follow Van Halen's example…
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An unhappy IT client story illustrates a way to improve events
How can we build connection and engagement with people with whom we work? My wise consultant friend Naomi Karten tells a short story about a client's unexpected reaction.
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Why you shouldn't use Facebook, Medium, LinkedIn, etc, to host your original content…

Friends don't let friends give away their original content to third-party platforms I've been saying this for years, but do people listen? No they don't. Let me be clear, by all means share your content for free on any of the gazillion social media platforms available.
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Applying a little interpersonal neurobiology to meetings…
As 2017 begins, take a moment to think about meetings in a wider context. OK, a very wide context. Who am I? We've all wondered about some form of this question.
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Bit of a mind bender! Very cool, Adrian.

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A New York Times exploration of fully-virtual corporate annual meetings illustrates various downsides of virtual meetings versus in-person and hybrid meetings.
This New York Times exploration of fully-virtual corporate annual meetings illustrates various downsides of virtual meetings versus in-person and hybrid meetings.
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Three prerequisites for lifelong learning, illustrated by real life examples of learning from leading a recent workshop.
When the renown cellist Pablo Casals was asked why, at 81, he continued to practice four or five hours a day he answered: “Because I think I am making progress.” Here are three prerequisites for lifelong learning, illustrated by real life examples of learning from leading a recent workshop.
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