Saturday, February 7, 2009

Good Conference

Provide reliable Internet access, and plenty of power outlets. Operate on the assumption that each attendee has a laptop and that everyone will join the wifi network simultaneously. Make sure the conference center or other venue you contact has the capability to handle this.

Schedule generous breaks between sessions. Recommend at least 15 minutes to a half-hour ideal. Audience members almost always go to ask the speaker(s) questions, Usually audience goes to speakers during break to ask questions. If they know they only have a few minutes till the next session starts, they might not ask those questions, and move on to the next session.

Give everyone the space to schmooze. Wide passageways and open public spaces encourage attendees to interact with each other.