Why We Need Conferences

Why We Need Conferences

Picture a worker in a cubicle. Gray walls, gray chair, gray computer. Gray hum of background noise all around. When she picks up the phone, the way in which the voice is processed over that instrument cuts out most of the emotion. That’s why telephone calls and webinars are so boring. No emotion. The rest […]

A Simple Way to Make Conferences Better

A Simple Way to Make Conferences Better

A weary traveler, down on his luck, comes to an inn.  He’s cold and hungry, so he goes into the common room.  There he sees a table spread with all sorts of delicacies and delicious-smelling food. And yet, he notices right away that the people sitting around the table look hungry, sad, and frustrated.  Soon […]

Seth Godin, Front Row Culture, and High School Holdovers

Seth Godin, Front Row Culture, and High School Holdovers

I’m a huge fan of Seth Godin’s amazing blog and I was fascinated to read his commentary recently on the difference between what he called front row cultures and the contrasting empty rows of some company meetings (and by extension, some conferences and meetings with the same strengths and weaknesses). It reminded me of parallel […]

What’s the difference between watching a TED speech on your computer and attending an event?

We’re watching a great deal of video on our computers these days, and seeing fewer live human speeches.  That’s a perfectly understandable trend, born of time and money issues, but it’s important to understand that something is missing when you don’t attend the live event.  If you have decision-making power over a travel-and-conference budget, you […]

Imagine There’s No PowerPoint

Imagine there's no PowerPointIt's easy if you tryNo screens before usNo piles of printed slidesImagine all the people focusing on you Imagine there's no clip artIt isn't hard to doNothing clichéd or stupidNo dumb cartoonsImagine all the people focusing on you You, you may sayI'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only oneI hope some […]