Be courageous. Embrace change. People want a different experience. Now give it to them.
Replace the predictable conference cocktail party with dine-outs, a ticketed event, a tour or private dinner. Be creative!
Everyone knows the model is outdated but that fixing it is complicated.
What are we doing wrong? It’s largely a reliance on two things, I think: what has worked in the past and what we’ve always done.
Make sure attendees participate. Have them stand up and greet the person next to them. Conduct live polling. Ask questions attendees have to answer by standing up or sitting down.
General sessions are the biggest opportunity your group has to get its message across to your attendees, and more often than not, that opportunity is wasted.