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04 Sep

How can panels and Q&A sessions become unquestionably better? The answer: With these 10 best practices

By Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster, No More Boring Meetings While panels and Q&As can be memorable meeting elements, they’re usually sub-optimized and predictable, short on insights and long on length, unmoored and formulaic. Wouldn’t you rather offer engaging dialogs, energetic interplay, tangible takeaways, friendly arguments, authentic debate and purposeful experiences with a sum greater than the parts? Your audiences would like that too. So, without question, I recommend these 10 best practices. FOR MORE POWERFUL PANELS: 1-Make sure everything about the panel—just like every element of your entire event—is designed and delivered from the audience’s point of view. While you will of course choose panelists because they have specific, valuable points of view, whatever the moderator asks and however panelists respond must be in service of the audience. For example, this point of view is in service of the panelist: “When I was President of BigTechCo’s retail division, we showed our clients how to integrate Internet of Things technology into existing business models faster than any other firm.” This comment is in service of the audience: “IoT is constantly evolving. The most important step you can take is to use a secure framework for building your sales plan. Here…

19 Jul

3 Proven Event Theme-Keynote Combos To Boost Buzz & Message Alignment

The right meeting theme combined with the right keynote address will: • Build a solid foundation on which to shape all aspects of your meeting, including venue, décor, breakouts, and gifts • Help participants become more engaged and retain more information • Create more effective, memorable and outcome-driven meeting experiences Check out these three proven meeting theme-keynote combinations that build relevant, strategic meeting content. 1. “All Systems Go.” Related themes: “Blast Off,” “Reach,” and “Stratospheric,” “Failure is Not an Option.” Whether your organization is about to launch a new set of initiatives…you’re starting a new sales program…or you’re on the cusp of the next fiscal year….a superb meeting theme is “All Systems Go,” or similar. To reinforce this theme with fresh, exciting programming, choose a speaker who’s truly been to that “last frontier”…an astronaut…someone who knows how to reach that critical “all systems go” level of achievement. Astronaut-speakers whose content and credentials directly align with the theme: Mike Mullane, among the first group of US Space Shuttle astronauts, and now, a high content and humorous speaker/author with a program entitled “Countdown to Teamwork.” Sally Ride, the first American woman in space Jim Lovell, Captain of Apollo 13, who with his…