Ignore These Mistakes At Your Peril
Brad Montgomery has attended thousands of meetings and conventions as part of his job as a motivational speaker. Some of these meetings/conventions were epic. Many of them fell short. Some of them fell WAY short. Curious about what one of the top motivational speaker sees as top mistakes that meeting planners make when planning a conference or convention? Sure you are. Here we go:
- Start Fresh. Don’t plan your meeting based on last year’s meeting. I’ve been to meetings where the basic schedule hasn’t changed for decades. Don’t fall into that trap. Instead, ask yourself, “What can we do to create VALUE for our attendees? How can we structure our event to make sure every attendee leaves knowing that was the best investment of their time and money ever?”
- Don’t Put The Pomp & Circumstance in the opening session. It’s important, but it’s often boring to the first-time attendees. (Sometimes it’s just plain boring.) Avoid long speeches by the president, past presidents, introductions of the Board, notes about the scholarships, and “moments of silence” for lost association members right off the bat. Instead, kick it off with a bang! Fun. Energy. Value. Value! (Yes, I’ve said value twice. It’s THAT important.) Train your attendees that when sessions start they are fun, valuable, and start immediately. That way they’ll be sure to be at the opening session and on time to get the good seats!
- Plan on interactivity. The old-school way of planning conferences is done. And thank goodness. The meetings where a Talking Head on stage talks at people sitting on hard chairs in a dark room for hours on end is over. Your people crave three things: networking to create connections; discussion breaks so that attendees can process and discuss the information given them; and finally, a facilitated planning session to develop a plan for implementing changes based on the information garnered from your conference.
Hear Brad explain in this video.
Brad Montgomery is a business speaker who speaks on the People Side of Business. Eager to get more out of yourself and those people around you, then Brad is your guy. He presents keynotes, break-outs, and concurrent session for meetings and conventions across the country and around the world. Oh.. And he’s funny. REALLY funny. (If you’re people aren’t engaged they aren’t learning. Call today and let’s plan out how to maximize your event. 303.691.0726
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