An average conference is often planned by an average meeting professional. Most conference attendees do not want to pay for an average and common conference. Instead, they would like something difference and would like to experience a unique conference. Unique conferences are planned by unique individuals who think differently.
There are certain characteristics that unique conference leaders have. These traits allow them to plan for a unique experience. The first trait is associating. Unique leaders are able to connect things that are not connected. They are able to create connections and create off combinations. They are also able to look at the big picture and the details.
The second characteristic of a unique conference leader is the inclination to question the norm. Unique leaders push boundaries. They are a lot like journalists and ask many who, what, when, where, why, and how questions.
The third characteristic is the ability to network. Unique leaders are able to link ideas from things they have learned in their own lives to other people’s ideas. Unique leaders are those that intentionally go outside of their own worlds to meet other people with different backgrounds and perspective so that they may expand their own knowledge. They also attend conferences that are outside of their industry and cross-train with experts in other fields to gain more knowledge.
Another feature of unique leaders is their ability to observe. They like to inspect how things work and figure out why things don’t work. Unique leaders do not focus on a speaker at a general session; instead they focus on how the audience reacts to the speaker. They use all their senses to observe others and how they respond and react.
Unique leaders also like to experiment. They like to train new ideas and gain new experiences.
In order for a conference to be unique, you have to ask tough questions. By making the conference unique, you can make the conference experience a more enjoyable and valuable one for your attendees. No one wants to attend a basic and boring conference. People want innovation and something that will make them think differently, creating a unique conference will help achieve this goal.
When beginning to plan a conference, an organizer must first determine the demographics of the attendees. Who do they want to attend their event? While it is important to have large numbers of people attend, it is also important for the right people attend for the conference to be a success. Having the right attendees at a conference can change the atmosphere of your conference and how things are run.
Think of your attendees as customers. You have to get to know the attendees in order to find out what they are looking for in a great conference experience. Is there an age or gender group you are trying to target? Is there is industry that you will be focusing on? What type of professional specialties would you ideal attendees have? Getting to know your attendees will allow you to refine your event
Conferences usually exist to either aid an attendee with a problem or with work they are doing. Determining the reason why an attendee is going to your conference can help you in directing them to the right information sessions of your conference. Directing attendees to the right sessions can help them to create a positive conference experience. In addition, the right sessions for an attendee can help them and the event planner. By bringing together attendees that are looking to achieve similar results by attending a conference, you will be able to generate a positive learning experience. Attendees will be able to bounce ideas off one another and will also be able to gather knowledge through the experiences and opinions of others who are attending the conference.
Creating a positive conference experience for your attendees will generate more attendees. Those that have attended your conferences before and have had positive experiences will be more likely to tell others about your conference and you will be able to draw the right kind of attendees to your conference.
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Autumn has just begun but we’re already thinking about winter! Our 2012/2013 season passes are on sale at an early bird rate until November 1st! Our new Lite pass is only $149 at our early bird rate! We also have old favourites like the 5×7 pass. This year the 5×7 is only $199 at the early bird rate. If you plan on coming to Blue Mountain this season, save money by purchasing your passes at our early bird rates!
Check out the prices of our other passes here: http://www.bluemountain.ca/winter_passes1.htm
Networking both online and offine is more important than ever. People share information, gather information and more through networks. Conferences can play a vital role in networking and as an organizer it is your job to ensure that the right connections are made at your event. Here are some conference connections to keep in mind when you are planning your next conference:
Ultimately, conference attendees are looking for two things when going to a conference: information and networking. The conference experience is about making significant and lasting connections. Keep these conference connections in mind when planning your next conference as this will allow you to create a better and more memorable experience for your guests.
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It’s that time of year again! We’re having our annual Turkey Tent Event and Ski Swap between October 4th and 8th this year. The Turkey Tent event is bigger than ever before! You can save up to 75% off on skis, snowboards, bindings and outerwear for adults and children. You can even purchase your Blue Mountain Seasons Pass at the early bird rate! This event is located at our South Base Lodge.
Thursday, October 4th – 9am-6pm
Friday, October 5th – 8am-10pm
Saturday, October 6th – 8am-6pm
Sunday, October 7th – 9am-5pm
Monday, October 8th – 9am-12pm
If you book a weekend getaway for the weekend of October 19th-21st by October 4th you can take advantage of our great resort rates! Take a weekend off during autumn. There are plenty of activities to do and places to explore here. In the evenings you can spend your time enjoying delicious food and hear and see great entertainment. Some of the village suites are as low as $129 per night. The package includes two nights accommodation.
You can reserve your October weekend getaway online: https://lodging.bluemountain.ca/booking/Default.aspx?RCR=FAMFUN#availability
You can also book a reservation by calling 705-445-0231 or 877-445-0231 and speak to one of our representatives to find out the best rate for any of our accommodation types.
On Friday September 28th, we will be hosting our 8th annual charity golf event. Join us for breakfast hosted by Sunset Grill, golfing with prizes, culinary delights, and activities all on course at the Monterra Golf Course. There will also be cocktails and dinner by Blue Mountain Resort. Entertainment will also be provided. Once again we will have our silent action. The Blue Mountain Village Foundation Charity Golf Event is in support of the Leadership Conference hosted by Pretty River Academy, the Collingwood Alternate School, regional high schools and Georgian College bursaries.
All companies run into obstacles when going through there day-to-day processes and projects. Some problems are minor and easily fixable, while others are more complicated and take more time to solve. In the case of a major problem, some companies choose to set up meetings in order to solve the problem. Solving a problem as a group can be difficult to manage because everyone has their own opinion on what would make the best resolution.
Here are a few rules on how to run a problem solving meeting:
When you are running a problem solving meeting keep these tips in mind. These tips will help you to ensure that your next problem solving meeting will run more smoothly and you will be able to solve the issue at hand.
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Saturday September 22
In support of the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation, funds raised will be directed to The Hospital for Sick Children and national initiatives across Canada which support the research and treatment of kids cancer.
The second year of The Sears Great Canadian Run will link together major Canadian cities and resort destinations, providing solo runners and teams of up to 20 people with an exciting, challenging and beautiful experience.
For more information visit: http://www.thesearsgreatcanadianrun.ca/
Conferences are often packed back to back with talks and they are often left with too little to no time for questions and answers or for genuine discussion. At conferences, speakers are not sufficiently briefed and often run over their allotted time. There is also not enough time given for coffee breaks or lunch in order for attendees to converse and reflect about the day’s events. Creating a participatory conference for your attendees will help them to create a more enjoyable and valuable experience.
One thing to keep in mind when creating your conference is that conferences are meant to be both educational and social. So it is important to facilitate adequate networking time for the participants.
When setting up the tables where your participants will be seated, you should plan to use round tables to help create a participatory environment. Round tables are better for participants to talk to one another rather than rows of tables. After each speaker has finished speaking, participants can discuss with one another their thoughts on the speaker and ask any questions they may have.
Another way you can create a participatory conference is by creating “speed networking” sessions at the beginning of the conference and also in the afternoon. These “speed networking” sessions don’t have to take up a lot of time, 10 minutes is sufficient amount of time.
Be honest with your speakers and tell them they only have ‘x’ amount of time for their presentation. The rest of their time should be allotted for discussion and questions.
Use social media to create a participatory conference. You can create a hashtag for your event, so participants can let you and others know what they have been learning at the conference or their general thoughts about the conference. You can take lots of photos and video and upload them online so that you really capture the experience that your participants are experiencing. This will also allow those who were not able to attend the conference to get a feel for what your conference was like and could also help them feel more encouraged to go next time.
Creating a participatory conference will make your conference much more enjoyable for your participants. No one wants to simply just sit at a conference and hear someone speak for hours on end. Conferences are a way for participant to learn new things from speakers, but they can also gain valuable insight and knowledge by talking to one another as well.
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