Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Best Conference Session Ever?
Please share your best, and your worst, conference session experiences. I'll start off with two of mine from the last year or so. At one, I slipped in a bit early, and someone was speaking, on and on, with a single slide on the screen. "Okay, just an introductory slide," I thought. Until he suddenly looked up, and said, "oh, I'm supposed to wrap up now, so I'll show the slides," and then went high speed clicking through, saying, "oh, this isn't important, oh, you can ignore this..." Yikes! I couldn't even tell you what he was speaking about, I was so annoyed.
But then at that same conference I attended a session designed to be a bit more interactive; an Idea Lounge. At that session, two well-prepared and engaging presenters used a sense of humor, their research, and small everyday objects to involve all of us there in a thoughtful discussion about learning from objects. What made it work? They had clearly planned their presentation, they used different techniques during the course of the session, and they had a sense of humor (even after I broke an object!).
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