Death by PowerPoint Over the years, I have attended, spoken at, or chaired many conferences and apart from a few notable exceptions I have been appalled at the design of the events. Although, occasionally there are mini-workshops and other interactive sessions, the dominant format is the deathly “PowerPoint presentation.” These presentations typically take the form … Continue reading Introduction: Conversational Conferences * In a conversational conference, the dominant style of presentation is the conversational talk
How many people at a conference or a workshop truly engage with the day and consider they are as much an owner and co-creator of the experience as the chairperson, speakers, and facilitators? And how many are happy just to sit there, entranced, passively listening, and doing as they are told? This short process built around … Continue reading Peter Block’s four ownership questions * Are you prepared to take responsibility for the learning and engagement of others
In a conference presentation or lecture would you rather have this: Or maybe this: Or would you rather have this: Or this: Or this: Last updated: 21st March, 2017
The Knowledge Café is an ideal way to close a conference. You can run one in as little as 1 hour. [Status: stub – expand on this and explain how the Cafe can be used to reflect on the learning from a conference at the end of day.] Last updated: 21st March, 2017
So often at conferences, there is little time allowed for networking … See the story below: Conversation at a professional conference: making the most of breakfast-time I recently went to a two-day Legal KM conference in London, and as an unexpected spin-off learnt how to make best use of conversation-time. Day 1 was packed with … Continue reading Conference breakfasts and dinners
Why is it that so frequently in conferences when it comes to the Q&A people grandstand – in other words rather than ask a question they give a speech? I think that often it is because it is the only opportunity they get to talk rather than be “talked at”. The need to express their … Continue reading Are there any questions?
Why do we still use lecterns in meetings and at conferences? I was at a conference a few years ago, and there was no lapel microphone available and no hand microphone – just a fixed mike on the lectern which meant I had to stand behind the infernal thing. I could not walk around and … Continue reading Get rid of the lectern A lectern is deadly for establishing a connection with your audience
An Unconference is a conference organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Instead of passive listening, all attendees and organizers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure. Unconferences are often run using the Open Space Technology process. Resources Wikipedia: Open Space Technology Wikipedia: Unconference [Status: I plan to … Continue reading The Unconference