Meeting Recalibration.

In an excellent collaboration with Masters in Moderation, Orange Gibbons Eric de Groot quickly responded to a remarkable request. A smart and innovative organisation, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, wants to take control of the quality of its strategic meetings. We worked 2 days with their event team, recalibrating four of their strategically important series of gatherings around the globe. Meetings are often part of the communication mix organisations use to achieve their st

Get to Talk!

Here is one of the most remarkable meetings I have designed so far. With the following simple tools: - A rolling table that could move throughout the entire Congress space, available for the 2,500 participants from all over the world - Covered with an orange table cloth - Manned by me, the facilitator - Helped by 9 story cubes (the “Dialogue Dice”) - A dice board - And the starting question: “Are you here to network and meet new people? Yes? Then please join me!” During the t

What affects your attention?

In the Oil&Gas industry, safety is a number one priority. Things can turn nasty easily, because a small mistake can have a huge impact in an environment full of highly explosive chemicals. Working safely saves lives. In creating a safe working culture, continuous proactive attention is key. To do so, our client organizes annual conferences about Safety for their contractors. Every conference focused on a specific issue, and the client was always open to our suggestions on how

Designing meetings, a wave or a particle?

What is at the very heart of the meeting design process? Is it a procedure, a logical sequence of questions and answers that ultimately leads to an idea, a format, a story? Or quite the opposite? Is it a holy spark that suddenly appears without substance nor mass? We are looking at rationality versus inspiration and logic versus divinity. It looks like fundamental questions in elementary physics. Is a photon a wave or a particle? The answer is, as we know right now, a particl


內容為王的時代,能抓住眼球的都是精心擺盤過的乾貨 「我們辦會議很多年了,我知道怎麼辦會議!」 「我覺得目前這樣開會很好,報名人數有達標就滿足KPI了!」 Photo Credit: Asia Concentrate Corporation (THI 2019 Forum, Kasohsiung) 多年來常常遇到這樣的答案,他們對會議的理解就是找場地、定主題、找講師、寫議程以及其他的行政流程,但可能對於開會要如何有效果、讓參加者回去有行為的改變這區塊的規劃沒有太多琢磨。他們在意的是報名有多少人、吃的菜色有沒有讓參加者滿意,主辦單位追求執行細節上的服務到位。所以大部分的會議籌辦者還沒意識到,會議的核心與價值不在於人數的多寡、餐點的美味,有時候也不在於講師的名氣。 曾經有位學員上過我們課程後告訴我:「我們藥商常常贊助很多國際會議,但是發現會議內容越來越不吸引人、講師的演講方式都在念簡報內容導致於與會者不願意長時間待在會場,以致於贊助的效果並沒有預期的好,因此考慮以後可能不再贊助這類型的活動。」於是最後,這位學員乾脆請會議主辦方直接來找我們,幫他們調整一