by Shawna Suckow, CMP
• Six things planners need to un-learn
• One-size doesn't fit all
For as long as I can remember, meetings have had a lot of common threads. It seems we all went to the same school of Meetings 101 (which is a good thing for consistency across the industry). When it comes to the attendee experience, however, it’s time we un-learn some of the meeting standards that have come to be standard.
I’ve come up with a handful of suggestions for points I believe meeting professionals can address in the future, to keep participants happy and engaged. These items are so common at most meetings, we just include them without much thought. Well, it’s time to give the typical logistics formula some new thought.
1. Your Grandpa’s Agenda Format
Back in the 1940s, I’m sure my grandfather went to conferences and experienced agendas that were very similar to the ones many of us still use today. It goes something like this: