Have hashtags for your conference sessions

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So you need a hashtag for your event.

But with several sessions happening at once, why not have additional hashtags for each session? That way, when it comes time for the Q and A session, you can save time by giving guests the option of submitting their questions via the session hashtags.

This also allows anyone who doesn’t like to speak in public to contribute.

And to make your Q and A even more fun, be sure to Check out my article on the fantastic Catch Box.

Pete

For more info visit www.petebooth.com

Keep your conference sessions going

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Never let a potentially great question go unasked in your conference session.

Some of the best questions are never asked because sometimes people are self-conscious about speaking in public.

That’s why you should keep the conversation going after the session.

Set up a Facebook discussion group for every session. That way if anybody is reluctant to ask during the session or anybody thinks of additional points afterwards they can still contribute.

Of course the best solution is to ensure you have a conference environment where every guest is acquainted. And the best way to have that is with interactive roving magic.

But that’s a discussion for another time.

Pete

For more info visit www.petebooth.com

A simple tip to help networking at your conference

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Here’s a very simple tip to make networking at your conference easier.

It’s about the name badges.

For a start, make sure your guests’ names and companies are printed on both sides in case they flip around – that’s an obvious tip.

Make sure it’s pretty big and bold, in contrasting colours. Black on white is always good.

But also, consider printing some contact information for the person on their badge.

Ask guests whether they would like to share their email address or, even better, a Twitter handle.

Every time someone looks at a guest’s name badge, they’ll also see contact info. 

That way, just in case two guests forget to exchange contact information they’ll still know how to keep in touch.

Pete

For more info visit www.petebooth.com

Keep your guests informed of your conference schedule

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Today is a simple tip but it’s so often forgotten.

It’s great to have your conference schedule published in several different places – website, conference app, conference programme etc.

The only problem is, as soon as there is a slight change in schedule all listings have to be updated.

So either be sure guests know which is the official schedule to check on, or be sure to have a list of every place you have your schedule listed that anyone updating the schedule can access.

Of course the great thing about having an event app, is the second a schedule is changed, your guests will get a pop up alert.

Br sure to find info about event apps in my other articles.

Pete

For more info visit www.petebooth.com

How about an app for your wedding?

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I’ve talked about how having an app can be a huge boost to you conference.

Well what about an app for your big day?

Websites for weddings are popular, but just like with your entertainment, you want to be the wedding that goes one step further.

Introducing Appy Couple!

Ok, you probably just laughed or groaned, or both.

But this service is great!

It will combine everything for your wedding into one place.

For a small one-time fee, you’ll have a web space plus a handy RSVP service for guests. 

Guests can easily access event timelines, venue details, gift registries and even some info about other guests. 

And it’s interactive! Guests can add photos via the app, complete with filter and effect options.

Just check out appycouple.com

What conferences can learn from movies

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Show don’t tell.

It’s a cardinal rule in screenwriting and i can definitely boost your conference sessions.

You organised some amazing speakers with an incredible backstory and a long list if achievements.

How best to show this off?

Your speakers are probably not comfortable tooting their own horn but would certainly like the audience to know their credentials.

If you have an exciting emcee they can certainly get the audience enthused for a speaker.

But why not show and not tell with a short and exciting video introduction?

Almost like a teaser trailer for your speakers.

Plenty of video production companies can put these together for you. Just ask your speakers to provide a few photos from their life and maybe video if they have any, and they can be put into an exciting video intro including a powerful, Hollywood-style voiceover talking listing their achievements.

Then as far as your guests will be concerned, they are not listening to another speaker.

They are listening to a star!

Pete

For more info visit www.petebooth.com

Help guests get the most out of your conference sessions

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How can you help guests get the most out of your conference?

How can you ensure that see the talks they’d get the most out of among the crammed schedule?

Well here is where your conference website comes in.

If you are at a big commerce site like Amazon, what do you see when you are looking at different products?

“If you like this you might also like this”.

Why not use this exact same system on your conference site?

If guests are interested in one speaker, recommend another with a similar topic or background.

That way guests can easily plan their schedule to ensure they get to the sessions they will enjoy the most

Pete

For more info visit www.petebooth.com

Get every guest talking at your wedding

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I’m obsessed about encouraging networking and interaction at events. That is what my roving event magic is specially designed for.

Here’s a really simple thing you can do to get people talking at your wedding.

If you have a website, app or Facebook event page for your wedding – or all three- the couple will of course be the stars.

But why not have a short bio about a few of the close family members and wedding party?

Nothing huge, just a bit about their relationship to the couple and a few interesting facts about them.

You can ask them to provide it or get a few bits of info and write it yourself.

Then come wedding day, everybody knows a few people there. Nobody needs to ask “What relation are you to the couple?” 

And conversation is a breeze. No searching around for a topic to talk about, straight into the conversation. 

“So you’re John? Brother of the bride? You like cricket? Well I used to play cricket”.

And so on.

Such a simple thing to make it an even greater time for your guests.

Better yet you could bring in some roving magic to get your guests really interacting and having a great time.

But more on that another time 🙂

Pete

For more info visit www.petebooth.com

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