Introduction: Conversational Conferences * In a conversational conference, the dominant style of presentation is the conversational talk

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

Conversational Talks * How to give a conversational talk or presentation

If you are giving a talk/presentation in an internal meeting or at a conference, it is easy to allow time for the audience to engage in a little conversation. Let’s say you have 40 minutes for your talk, divide it roughly like this: Your presentation/talk say 20 minutes. Pose a question – it could be “What … Continue reading Conversational Talks * How to give a conversational talk or presentation

Conversation in Hong Kong A Knowledge Café with eight speakers

In 2011, I participated in the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society’s annual conference at the Langham Place Hotel in Mongkok, Hong Kong. Interestingly, they asked me to help them turn the conference into a Knowledge Café. You may not consider this too outlandish, but it is a hard enough job convincing Western conference organizers to … Continue reading Conversation in Hong Kong A Knowledge Café with eight speakers

Conversation Dinners A meal and a conversation with a stranger

The idea of the Conversation Dinner comes from the work of the historian, philosopher, and conversationalist Theodore Zeldin, founder of The Oxford Muse. The Process A Conversation Dinner or Conversation Meal seats two strangers together who have never met or know each other only a little for an interesting conversation that goes beyond small talk. A … Continue reading Conversation Dinners A meal and a conversation with a stranger

Peter Block’s four ownership questions * Are you prepared to take responsibility for the learning and engagement of others

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

Conference breakfasts and dinners A great opportunity to network and build relationships

So often at conferences, the organizers allow little time for conversation and networking. Here is one way to allow time: 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 learned how to make the best use of conversation … Continue reading Conference breakfasts and dinners A great opportunity to network and build relationships

Get rid of the lectern A lectern is deadly for establishing a connection with your audience

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

The Unconference A conference organized, structured and led by the people attending it

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 A conference organized, structured and led by the people attending it