What’s the Word at EduCon? Day 1

Author: Convene Editors       

Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik delivers the June 26 opening presentation at 2019 PCMA EduCon at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. Photo by Jacob Slaton Photography.

PCMA EduCon 2019 kicked off at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live Wednesday with a heartfelt keynote session — a mix of music and motivation — that set the tone for a day full of learning and sharing. Here are some of the quotes that resonated with Convene editors at the event as well as a sampling of #PCMAEC tweets.

Every day, you’re auditioning for something, whether you know it or not.”

John Ondrasik, lead singer of Five for Fighting, in his keynote ``WHAT IF: Harness Inspiration and Creativity to Design the World You Want”

I love the title, ‘Disrupt & Deliver,’ because even though you hear the word ‘disrupt’ all the time now it’s a punchy title and it sums up what industries need to do to prevent stagnation.”

Ciaran Gribbin, who will lead Friday’s Main Stage Rock and Roll Team Building event, talking about the song he wrote — and sang — for EduCon.

The shortest distance between two people is a story.”

Barbara Seymour Giordano, writer, presentation coach, and speaker, at “Effective Communication Begins With Storytelling”

Innovative means so much to so many people. So if you include it in your survey and ask attendees how innovative an event is, clarify it. We use all these buzz words, and we have to make sure we add context.”

Mahoganey Jones, founder of Event Specialists at “The Power of Influence: Let Your Data Drive Your Future Events”

“Sometimes little things become big things, and you don’t know that it’s a big thing when you’re doing the little thing.”

John Ondrasik

In podcasting, you have the ears of the people who visit your organization’s exhibit halls — the booths go down, but your podcasts live on.”

Mike McAllen at “Is There Anybody Out There: The Startup Guide to Podcasting”

We actually control 90 percent of how we age.”

Nora Tobin, after leading attendees through breathing exercises at “Learning to Embrace and Manage Stress.”

When people drink they change the world.”

Jackie Kavcak, director of sales U.S. for Tourism Vancouver, cracking up the morning pre-main-stage crowd at EduCon. She meant to say, “When people meet they change the world.”

First rule of podcasting: Sound great.”

Mike McAllen

If you can’t win the games because the rules have changed, change the field of play.”

John Ondrasik