Category Archives: session summary

EventCamp East Coast final evaluations

by Adrian Segar As is customary for Conferences That Work, we are publishing all the (anonymized) evaluations for EventCamp East Coast. So often, this information is restricted to conference organizers. I think this kind of transparency is important for any … Continue reading

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Closing Personal Introspective and Group Spective

At the closing session of EventCamp™ East Coast, participants first went through an exercise to help them explore changes they might make in their life once the conference was over. They then shared their personal thoughts on what they’d gained … Continue reading

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Using Design as a Tool

During this session, participants shared their knowledge—as well as the gaps in knowledge—of how design can shape the effectiveness and success of events, especially trade shows. While a couple of participants said design was their forte, others had more limited … Continue reading

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Conflict Management and Negotiation

During the session on conflict management and negotiation, led by Carolyn Ray (@carolyn_ray), participants learned how to deal with a variety of personalities, and how to avoid conflict through pre-emptive problem-solving strategies. Many of the participants agreed that while conflict … Continue reading

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Repackaging Conference Content

The knowledge and information that participants share during a conference should be the “golden thread” that keeps them in touch and working together after they go home, The Conference Publishers President Mitchell Beer (@mitchellbeer) told a breakout session on repackaging … Continue reading

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Time, Tools, and Tactics: Addressing Planners’ Pain Points

Paige Buck (@paigeali) asked participants to discuss processes that “eat up time” for event planners. Participants listed items under the general category of information flow and tracking, such as an easier way to address banquet event orders (BEOs), or food … Continue reading

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Integrating web and mobile technology at events

“The technology we use now is very different than 10 years ago,” said Sam Smith (@samueljsmith) of Interactive Meeting Technology, who led this session to discuss advances in technology for event planners.

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Brain-friendly ways to keeping attendees engaged

Andrea Sullivan (@BrainStrength) of BrainStrength Systems asked participants how they felt about EventCamp™ East Coast so far. One participant said he felt the event planners attending this conference were here to teach one another; another said she enjoyed hearing different … Continue reading

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Learning From Event Successes and Failures

This session was moderated by Carolyn Ray (@carolyn_ray) Participants shared high and low points—their best and worst event planning moments during the session on learning from event successes and failures. The discussion focused on techniques participants had used to deal … Continue reading

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Participant-driven Events

During the session on participant-driven events, participants looked at strategies used to create events like EventCamp™, focusing on the strengths, weaknesses, and interests of those involved as primary tools in planning the event. Participants outlined their interests and stated what … Continue reading

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