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How to Make a Conference More Interesting for the Attendees

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By Edited Jan 9, 2016 0 0

Why Being Interesting is Important

I have been to a number of conferences in my life and my number one complaint (which I usually keep to myself) is that they are usually boring. They may have some interesting moments but those are rare. Maybe I’ve just been unlucky.

The trouble is with being bored is that you tend not to take in much information as opposed to when it is interesting.

Take a look below for some ideas to help your conference be that much more exciting.

Regular Breaks

The first tip is one of the simplest to implement and can be very effective indeed. Very much like when you train people, it is very important to take regular short breaks. These are much more important than having longer breaks only occasionally.

The brain can only take so much in before it starts to block or ignore the information that is presented to it. By taking regular short breaks you are allowing your brain to reset and start taking in the info in a much more effective way.

Try Adventure Sports

Depending on what you are trying to achieve with your conference, you can use adventure sports to help with the event.

For example, let’s say the conference is about implementing a new system into your business. Instead of just explaining the purpose of the system and how it works, try getting people to take part in a paintball game with the objective points matching up with the main points you want to get across regarding the new system.

Try a Quiz

Another great way to get information across and keep things interesting is to get the attendees to take part in a quiz.

The quiz will cover whatever subjects you have been trying to show the attendees.

Make sure you have a prize as you will find people will get much more involved with some kind of incentive.

Use Humour

When you’re writing your presentations, try to introduce some humour. It can help keep people more interested and the more interested people are, the great chance you’ll be able to get your point across to them.

Example of Someone Trying Humour

Get Feedback

While on the breaks, try to get feedback from the attendees to see what parts are effective and what parts are not.

When you get feedback, try not to ask them when they’re in a big group as you may not get much out of them. Try to approach them when they are alone and ask them for honest feedback; good and bad.

Adapt the Pace on the Fly

From the feedback you get during the breaks and also from your gut feeling of how the conference is going throughout the day, try to adapt the pace and content of the conference.

If you think people are getting bored and not taking much in then try going over the main bullet points of the presentation for a while to get people back on track into the main points and not so much into the details.

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