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How many times do you have to attend a conference and walk away disappointingly flat? Here are ten simple tips to injecting a little life into your next conference – corporate, association or government it should not matter.

  1. Music – ensure each speaker has a sting to walk up to stage with. Walk into a room that is playing energetic music – consider a live DJ even in conference session – why not?
  2. Employ an MC with a difference – start with a trivia quiz. Do not cut corners on costings and use an in-house MC – it can make or break your day.
  3.  Engage with your audience with interactive questions on each sessions – this is invaluable and you can integrate responses on social media
  4. Interactive food stations over lunch – engage with your audience – teach internationals how to cook a great steak or locals can MYO a burger / salad
  5. Include live entertainment in breaks – indigenous art for internationals or simply acoustic guitarist for local delegates
  6.  As an ice-breaker make guests stand up and introduce themselves to someone they don’t know and share a personal fact with them and then force them to swap business cards. Alternatively have them stand up and move to sit next to someone they do not know.
  7. Ask three questions at the end of each session and provide small prizes for those that engage – perhaps consider local product offerings such as Merlo coffee packs or Del Mano gifts
  8. Start each session with a video of interest or video of humour encapsulating each sessions’ primary message
  9. Have interactive activities over lunch to keep people moving – ping pong tables, make a floral crown or run a 15 minute yoga stretch session. Alternatively set up an area outside on a balcony or lawn so people are exposed to natural light
  10. Always leave the conference on a high note. High energy music a gin station or or or – get creative

If you want more information on how you can inject more energy into your conference contact the LOUD team!

Marianne Edmonds

LOUD talent:
Killer budgets, security, fencing, moving thousands of people, moving immovable things – logistics are Marianne’s forte. Good job she can talk under wet cement.

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