The Future of Conferences

New technology, changing demographics, and the shift in the future of work have all changed the event landscape. In-person meetings, conferences, off-sites and other events play an even more important role in today’s high-tech, always-on world. But only if these events change to take advantage of the new opportunities.

In this webcast, I’ll share the latest research about the future of conferences, and show you some of the small changes you can make to make a big impact at your next event.

You can watch the recording here:

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“Introduction to the electronic options that are appearing.”

“Your prompt to think about conferences five years from now got me thinking about conferences from 5 years ago, and how outdated many things now seem. It got me thinking that conferences are really like church in many ways. I’m realising, there is virtue in a diverse ‘ecosystem’ of presenters, even if most have trendy topics, and only some are truly insightful .”

“be interactive not just presentive”

“the need to keep abreast of developments.”

“Engaging with on-line attendees”

“responsibilities of conference organisers and presenters””

“Appealing to the different groups and also types of tools”

“The importance of a range of interaction tools to suit the diversity of the audience.”

“MOOC & Open2study.com & Book: Disrupt Yourself. Also the uploading yourself as an avatar to interact in a virtual meeting/conference with others.”

“learning from your presentation style in a webinar”

“i learned about pacing, stories and interaction”

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