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Learning is not a monolithic process. When we talk about learning at meetings, being specific about the categories of desired learning can enlighten.
When asked, just about everyone mentions learning as a key reason for conference attendance. So, given the clear importance of learning at events, it’s surprising that we lump distinctly different activities into the single word learning.
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Here's a remarkable single question that unexpectedly categorizes the many different kinds of formal events in our lives.
A surprisingly powerful way of thinking about events emerges from answering the question: Whom is your event for?
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 …The intelligence of the individuals didn’t matter. #eventprofs #assnchat  
The content didn’t matter.
It was the pattern of how they shared with each other…
The research findings shared in this video by MIT Professor Sandy Pentland have been the focus of my meetings design work for over twenty years.
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I've done this, learn from my mistake!
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Sometimes the answer is obvious—once you see it…
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An interview by Kelsey Bjelland about my first book Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love
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Celebrating events where cool unexpected things can happen…
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“My full-day live seminars have impact on people partly because I don't announce the specific agenda or the talking points in advance. It's live and it's alive. I have no certainty what's about to happen, and neither do the others in the room. A morphing, changing commitment by all involved, ...
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There are fascinating parallels in the ways that journalism and events are evolving. Listen to the first minute of this interview of journalism maverick +Jeff Jarvis by +David Weinberger …
“What the internet changes is our relationship with the public we serve…What is the proper relationship for journalists to the public? We tend to think it's manufacturing a product called content you should honor and buy…That's a legacy of mass media; treating everybody the same because we had ...
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The cultural and technology reasons why broadcast lecturing still dominates our conferences today.
The two historic reasons why today s meetings are such a mess.
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 Let's stop calling everyone who shares content at a conference a "speaker".
Call me a presenter or a facilitator. And, if you claim your conference is really about learning and connecting, consider employing a lot fewer speakers at your events.
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I’m honored to be included as one of MeetingsNet’s eleven most influential online personalities in meetings and travel

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I learned to code at school when I was 15. No big deal? It was 1966. Learning to program a computer changed my life. Far more important than nearly everything else—facts I have long since forgotten—that I was “taught”…
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Conferences That Work are conferences that support and encourage meaningful, mutually beneficial connections between people with common interests.

Conferences That Work are innovative, highly interactive, attendee-driven events that leverage the expertise and experience in the room to create just the conference that participants want.

The Conferences That Work event format has been developed for over twenty years by Adrian Segar, who is available for consultation on your conference design, and presenting on participant-driven and participation-rich events.

Adrian's book, Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love condenses 30 years experience designing, organizing, and facilitating conferences into an information-packed step-by-step guide to a proven design for creating productive conferences that people love.