Posts Categorized: Speakers

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From Call for Abstracts to Schedule to Mobile Event App: How Event Management Software Can Make it Easy

Mobile Event App

One of the most time consuming processes a conference planner can face is developing the program schedule.  If you have a call for abstracts, the process is further complicated by the need to conduct a peer review of the submissions. After the peer review process is completed, there is still the long task of coordinating the speakers and ultimately compiling the schedule.  After the program is built, you then have to push the schedule out to the attendees – real or prospective – to your website and, probably, via a mobile event app. If you are still using spreadsheets or... Read more »

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Speakers want easy Call for Abstracts software

Potential speakers for your conference are busy people. One thing they do not want is to receive the Call for Abstract as a PDF, print it, fill in the fields and then scan it and send it back. Not much better is getting a call for abstracts via survey software. Since call for abstracts are often long, the applicant may have to leave the desk for a while only to find that the site timed out and erased their work! Even if the form is filled out in one sitting, surveys cannot be updated – so if there is a... Read more »

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What do your Attendees Think?

Have you ever been frustrated by the difficulty of getting accurate feedback from your conference attendees? Surveys, of course, are still the most popular and robust way to see how your attendees think about your show, but they can suffer from poor response rates. Fortunately, the rise of social media and mobile technologies give you more options than ever to capture the pulse of your attendees. Here are some options you may want to consider:Better Surveys. Despite its problems, surveys are still the best way to get feedback. There are many ways for you to improve surveys. The first big... Read more »

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How to get started with Conference Management Software: Part Five – Developing Your Conference Program Schedule

Event technology can provide a bewildering range of choices for the meeting planner. A good place to start making sense of the range of options is to look at how software can be utilized at the various stages of the event lifecycle. This series has been looking at the the lifecycle from the point of view of an association’s annual conference. We are now at the point of looking at tools that can help you in your day-to-day work in the months leading up to the conference. About the time of your previous annual conference, you may have already opened... Read more »

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How to get started with Conference Management Software: Part One – Choosing Your Speakers

Navigating through the myriad of event technology choices can be one of the toughest assignments a meeting professional can face. Just breaking down the possibilities into categories can be a daunting assignment itself. A helpful way to approach this problem is to see how software can be utilized at the various stages of the event lifecycle. Many activities for next year’s show begin right after the current one ends. To keep things simple, we will look at the lifecycle from the point of view of an association’s annual conference. This week we will look at choosing your speakers. Opening Up... Read more »

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How to Find Great Abstract Peer Review Software for Your Conference

There are few aspects of speaker management that can be more painful than the process of conducting a peer review from an open Call for Papers. If the review is conducted in the classical way, the planners will find themselves buried in a bewildering collection of PDFs, Word docs and spreadsheets. Hours upon hours can be spent communicating with the review team, collating information and somehow trying to make sense of it all. In between all of this manual work is the need to give proper consideration to all the submissions and being fair in the final judgments of which... Read more »

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How to Use Your Online Registration to Make Your Conference Program a Success

Crowded Room

Ever plan a conference where some rooms are overflowing while other rooms sit mostly empty? Did you ever have to face angry attendees that were turned away from a highly anticipated presentation because the session could not sit another person? Planners know that the latter case can seriously “ding” your overall conference survey scores because people do not forget the sessions they were forced to miss. Fortunately, you can use your online registration form to solve many of these problems. By letting attendees build their itinerary at the time of sign up, you can get an accurate picture of what... Read more »

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How to Increase Audience Engagement with Mobile Session Question & Answer

Have you ever heard of “Death by PowerPoint?” This generally refers to a presentation that makes poor use of slides. But what it really means is that the speaker bored the audience. However, even if the slides are well made, a lack of crowd interaction can result in disinterested attendees. Most meeting planners are well aware of this phenomenon and go to great lengths to alleviate its effects. Traditional techniques often involve cumbersome methods such as someone walking around with a microphone receiving questions from the crowd. Other variations including a line of people behind a mic or someone collecting... Read more »

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Make Your Call for Papers Easy to Use!

Potential speakers for your conference are busy people. One thing they do not want is to received the Call for Papers as a PDF, print it, fill in the fields and then scan it and send it back. Not much better is getting a call for papers via survey software. Since call for papers are often long, the applicant may have to leave the desk for a while only to find that the site timed out and erased their work! Even if the form is filled out in one sitting, surveys cannot be updated – so if there is a... Read more »

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Tech Tuesday: An Easy Way for Your Attendees to Ask Questions

It is common practice at conferences to mix presentations with questions from the audience. Despite the fact that most attendees have smart devices and phones, the questions from the audience are still mostly handled in an old fashioned way. These low-tech styles include: A “moderator” walking around with a microphone and finding the nearest person with a raised hand to ask a question. Not only is this slow and time consuming, but is rather arbitrary and not very democratic. Another way is for a group of people to hand out cards to the audience and then pick them up during... Read more »