Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 05 2015

LEAP 2015 recap

Chris Meadors

Thank you for attending LEAP 2015!  We hope you enjoyed the collaborative program designed by the Northern California and Southwest & Pacific Chapters of PCMA.

The positive feedback we have received is a testament to the power of collaboration, attendee engagement, and design thinking.  Your participation and contributions are what made the event a worthwhile and meaningful experience for all involved!

We are grateful to all of the speakers who took time out of their busy schedules to enhance the experience. 

Don Jones of Cadence Meetings & Incentives and Carl Winston of San Diego State University introduced the concept of design thinking, designing all aspects of your event with the audience in mind, and wrapped up the day with some key takeaways:

1)      Challenge traditional use of PowerPoint

Always make speakers decrease the number of slides they have

2)      Coach your speakers

Find someone or some way to make your speakers engaging

3)      Challenge length

“If I had more time I would have wrote a shorter letter” – Pascal

4)      The days of “sit down, shut up, and listen” are over

Create multi-directional conversation by allowing the audience to chime in

5)      Check in with your audience

Make eye contact, get in their space, ask questions, and redirect when you need to

The workshop rotations brought home innovative and creative ways to apply design thinking to our events and work lives. 

Josh Bukstein of NERD Improv taught us how improvisation can:

  • Build trust amongst teams to drive innovative brainstorming sessions
  • Train speakers to focus on their audience and improvise as needed to increase engagement
  • Encourage individuals to listen to peers in face-to-face and virtual environments

Kai Kight took us on a creative journey that encouraged us to:

  • “Zoom Out” and look at the full-scope of an event
  • Use storytelling to drive emotions to increase attendee engagement
  • Connect personal passions to our work lives to enhance our professional performance

Sabrina Molinari from Davrina introduced us to innovative technologies that reminded us that:

  • Price should not stunt your creativity.  Think big then find creative ways to execute those ideas within your budget.
  • Effective use of technology can enhance your message.

Let’s keep these conversations going until LEAP 2016!

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