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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…

22 Jun

What Angry Birds and Righteous Pigs Teach us about Meeting Design

By Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster, No More Boring Meetings More than 250 million people have downloaded the game Angry Birds. Every day, humans worldwide collectively spend about 200 million minutes playing this game on our mobile devices. Nearly 4 million “Like” it on Facebook. In a world of time-starved business people, a vast chunk of us find time for an admittedly silly game, a pastime that has us fully engaged and focused for hours at a time. (Full disclosure: I love to play too!) What’s going on?? What makes this digital interface so compelling that gamers can’t stop interacting with it? Wouldn’t you like just some of those folks to read your emails? And just SOME of that engagement and energy at your meetings? Let’s see what Angry Birds game teaches us about designing more captivating meetings filled with more focused meeting goers. The Power of Story Knowing why the Birds are Angry (they stole the birds’ eggs, and they’re….mad!) gives the game some context and an added layer of fun. The same holds true for a well-designed meeting, which tells a unified, compelling story with a captivating arc and interesting characters, dialog and plot. What story does your…