Conference – a formal meeting of people with a shared interests, typically one that takes place over several days.
I don’t know about you, but that definition of a conference doesn’t exactly begin to inspire me. In fact, it comes close to putting me to sleep!
The problem with conferences is that even though they bring together people with shared interests, the topics you talk about aren’t always interesting. You see, a successful conference is just as much about the delivery as it is the content itself.
If you want a successful and enjoyable conference you need to keep people engaged, both within and beyond the presentations themselves. To assist you in your conference planning, we’re going to explore a few creative ways to take your conference to the next level.
Engage in Team Building Games
Conferences are about more than a speaker and an audience, they’re about participation, learning and building. A few group activities are the perfect way to break the ice, energise attendees and engage in meaningful development.
One game to consider at the start of the day in the kitchen gadget game. Participants go around the room and introduce themselves but here’s the twist. They need to describe themselves in terms of a kitchen gadget. This game is designed to get participants to think critically about themselves – analysing strengths and weaknesses. It also allows you to begin a conversation about team dynamics and it’s a fun and quirky way to start the day.
Add Yoga to the Program
Conferences usually involve a whole lot of sitting still. To counteract this, give people a productive way to stretch with yoga sessions between presentations. When coupled with meditation, yoga can help you to relax physically and refresh emotionally, helping people to be more prepared for the next session.
Put a Surprise on the Menu
If you’re serving food, add a bit of spice to the menu by giving the option of a chef’s surprise. This small addition to your day not only shows a bit of personality, it also creates an interesting talking point come lunch time. A chef’s surprise shouldn’t be your only menu item, but as an option it adds a fine sprinkling of spontaneity to an otherwise structured day.
Pull the Plug on PowerPoint
PowerPoint is a revolutionary way to engage your audience and make a statement… or at least it was 10 years ago. The PowerPoint format has served conferences well over the years but there are better ways to create a more dynamic presentation.
You could try different software such as Prezi or you could try creating videos and infographics to go along with presentations. Remember, any presentation should be visual and complementary. Give your audience something that they would want to show their colleagues and not just your speech notes.
Try a Costume Conference
Asking attendees to dress like a superhero might sound farfetched but consider the benefits of a themed event. The obvious one is that it automatically makes your event less formal and more fun. You can also draw lessons from the theme you choose too. Teach your participants what it means to be a corporate superhero and teach them that with great power comes great responsibility.
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