4 Creative and Interactive Ideas for Conference Sessions

When you are an event manager, there are probably plenty of times when you have ran out of ideas while organising the same event series. To make this constant search for ideas easier, we have collected 4 creative interactive event ideas. Using these ideas will help you produce outstanding audience engagement with the content and strengthen your participants overall learning experience.

1) Picture tasks with an event app

At the UX To The Future, which was an e-government conference, held in 2018 in Estonia,  we came across a creative panel idea that quickly pulled people in and enlivened the audience. We used imaginative picture tasks through an interactive event app Worksup where people were creating different tasks, taking pictures and uploading them in the application. This kind of assignment not only made the participants think how they could solve the task but also creatively think how they will use the event app in its best way to bring out their ideas.

The participants cut out their answers from series of pre-prepared sentences. While they did this, the organizers posed the same questions to the audience through fun live polls. At the end, each team compared and commented on the results.

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This kind of format stimulated focused thinking among the attendees. As a result, the session achieved a remarkable level of engagement with over  200 members participating at the same time. 

2) Fireside chat during the conference

Firechat chat creates a smooth conversation between two or more people which helps to make the atmosphere a lot more comfortable more engaging. This year’s event at the Esha 2018 conference, event managers used the fire chat method quite effectively, the idea was to bring out the points which needed more insights and thoughts behind the concept.

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Vishen Lakhiani, who is the founder of Mindvalley, was talking inspiringly about how to transform education and leadership in an age of exponential technologies. Afterwards his presentation he answered various questions from the audience and moderators. Lakhiani was actually that inspired from the fireside chat, he stood up and explained passionately about the idea behind is company even more in depth.

Extra tip: If there are too many unanswered questions, write these on your event’s blog.

3) Campfire storytime

To take the interaction a step further, you could have few speakers at the same time, telling their inspirational stories in a short period of time. It creates a campfire feeling, where people tell their stories, which enables to relate to each other. This kind of storytelling is a great way to stimulate people’s learning process.

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These sessions are usually short and last about 20-30 minutes all together. One of the examples could be Education Technology EXEX 2018, where we had different schools on the stage, talking about their success stories regarding the technology usage. There were about 3-4 teachers on the stage at the same time, where everyone had a piece of story to tell.  The audience had a chance to rate each speaker and ask questions through Q&A session. Campfire sessions create an excellent place for people to learn from their peers, share experiences and build new connections.

4) Interactive quiz with a mobile event app

If your event has multiple sessions running at the same time, you can actually help the attendees choose the right sessions by running an introduction quiz or in other words – live polling. You can create a pre-event survey and let the participants guess the answers. When the answers have rolled in, you can send back the feedback. For example, in the Worksup event app, you can easily create polls in these kind of occasions and later export data and share it with your attendees.  Leverage these tips to deliver an outstanding event experience for your attendees. 

Speakers: 5 Tips for Presenting like Steve Jobs

A great conference can change the World or at least give something valuable back to the audience. For example, after Jobs’ presentations, thousands waited outside the store for days just to get the latest iphone on their hands. So what can you learn from this public speaking guru to make an impact on your next presentation?

1) Story is the key

There is no successful presentation without a strong story. People are captured by your story not only by powerpoint slides. When writing a story, think 3 key points you want your audience to remember when they leave the conference. The rule of three  implies that people can remember only 3 things at the same time. Make sure your audience has an easy access to the presentation and share the link through an event app like Worksup.

2) Practice practice practice

The smoother the presentation looks like, the more practicing it required. Steve Jobs rehearsed for hours, even days to deliver his speech. You need to rehearse the presentation to the extent that you won’t need the notes.

To know how you did and how you could improve your speech for the next event, then don’t be shy and ask directly from your audience. For this you can use interaction app Worksup and create a simple live poll for feedback or they can rate your speech directly in the event app. 

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3) Grab data with attention

When Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod, he did not emphasise its 5GB storage and small weight, instead he constantly showed that it can fit into his pocket.  He did it because he wanted the audience to understand its tiny size, not how much are the product technical measurements.

To grab your audience’s mind with data, show data you got from the audience not only from your research. To make an impact on your attendees, ask them intriguing questions and later show them visually on the screen. Learn how to do this with mobile event app Worksup.

4) Simplify your slides

Make your slides as simple as possible and try to present only one topic per slide. Show the slide for 10-15 seconds before you start talking about it.

For instance, when Steve Jobs described iPod Shuffle, Steve Jobs used a simple analogy: “The iPod Shuffle is smaller and lighter than a pack of gum.” Also, make your slides available to see for your audience. As mentioned before, you could easily add the link to the event app’s agenda, where all the attendees can later see the presentation and rate it. You can see how it works here.

Start a discussion

Constantly remind them that for questions they can use an event app, for instance like mobile event app Worksup, where you choose the most upvoted questions and later answer them in front of your public.

If you have a large audience in front of you, use live polls to get the opinion from every one of them and make them feel a part of your story.

3 Marketing Tips #Event Pro’s Should Know

Growth hacking is an important word in the startup community. In the event management industry it means that event planners are looking for marketing hacks to increase attendance at their events. The truth is, there aren’t actually many event planners that have unlimited event budgets. Thus, these 3 marketing tips can become handy for your events.

1) Influencer marketing

Influencer marketing is a technique in which companies turn their employees and customers into enthusiasts who spread a word about the product or service that they believe in.

If the event is successful, attendees are happy to return next time and recommend it to their colleagues and friends. Also, recommendations can go through social media. Attendees share their event pictures and comment their experiences in other social media channels. So, how to turn your attendees into influencers? 

  • Use Worksup event app and enable rating to let the audience choose which speaker is the best. Urge audience to share their opinion about the speakers they like the most in their channels.
  • Use polls to know what topics your audience finds the most interesting. This gives you a better idea what kind of content can influence the attendees the most and what kind of event ambassadors you need for your next event.
  • Make your guests act like influencers and share them your hashtags (Event ID, speakers etc) pictures and links from interactive mobile event app Worksup.

Become influencer yourself

To become a successful influencer, you need to give it some extra push. You need to build your personal brand and work on forming relationships within the industry. So, how to do this?

  • Start your blog to showcase your expertise in your field. Be objective and soon you will start to get followers who appreciate your hacks and tips.
  • Create connections with other event planners, speakers, influencers in your field.
  • Encourage your event partners to promote their presence at your event and thus benefit from their media coverage.

event app, branding, mobile event appEstonian socialmedia influencers, Juhani Särglep and Mariann Treimann

2) Brand your events

Branding is important for every major super-brand succeeded in creating a massive following that has helped them to grow their business. These companies have been: TedXWorld Business ForumIBMApple and Microsoft conferences etc. Today, there are also plenty of events who have created a similar follower system by simply branding their event.

Successful event communities

In the context of events and meetings, Web Summit is a great example of getting the event brand community right. They started with only 400 attendees, which now is over 70,000 attendees from more than 170 countries. An unrivalled global meeting place for the world’s most disruptive technology companies and those interested in how that disruption can transform their businesses and their lives. They also form a strong following around their brand.

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That has also happened to many startup communities. They go around the globe talking about their experiences and their own brand, which hopefully eventually creates a community around it. One of those companies is the technology company Apple, which success has developed in many countries due to its global conferences and Steve Job’s consistency to create an impact. Thus, what is the “secret sauce” of their success stories? The answer most probably would be that these companies have offered exceptionally great products, service and knowledge, which is supported by positive reviews and valuable stock price.

3) Content is the key

It’s important to keep your community posted and informed. Content marketing is still the most effective way to raise brand awareness, create a group of loyal readers and followers and ultimately convert them into customers.

Here is the list of content ideas that’ll help you market your event efficiently and get your attendees return the next event:

  • Share content like articles, photos and videos from previous events
  • Write a blog about the city/ country and suggest places they can visit
  • Create email interviews with your speakers and post them as blog posts
  • Invite presenters and partners to guest blog to give them some extra visibility
  • Encourage speakers to shoot video teasers

In Summary

Indeed, these activities can be a bit time-consuming and bring results only in the long term. However, when you put influencers and branding marketing strategies in motion and endorsed by content marketing, these hacks can help you gain unbeatable competitive advantage over your competitors.

LinkedIN vs “Business Tinder” networking app –  which one is better?

 Over 50 million users use Tinder as a relationship networking app, which is a good indicator of how most of the people would like to initiate new connections today. Most likely f you ask an average millennial how much they like real life networking, they probably don’t feel thrilled about it. Millennials often find it difficult, uncomfortable, and lacking confidence to do it.

LinkedIN has a limit

LinkedIn has made it possible to be able to know the person’s background, skills and history before we even say hello. However, the missing part in LinkedIn, is the ability to discover new connections in an approachable manner. LinkedIn is designed to connect with the  people that you have likely already met or talked to. Any other connection with someone you do not know can feel rather awkward, or may make the person think you will try to sell them something.

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However, during a networking event you’re likely going to be in the situation, where you have little information about who’s in the room and why they are there. Therefore,  there’s no guarantee that they will be able to connect with someone in the industry or at a company they are seeking. So, how you can create useful connections and benefit from that for your business? 

Hello Worksup event app

As we mentioned before, people have changed, where millennials want everything as comfortable and online as possible.

Worksup is an interaction and business networking app, that takes a new approach to professional networking. Using a smart algorithm, people can find their perfect “business match” by choosing interests they seek and offer. Much like the popular dating app, Tinder,  they can see their matches and decide if they would like to connect with their match.

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Networking during the events 

What is great about mobile event apps is that if you use it for one unique event, you most probably will get the leads you actually need. As Tinder or other “Business Tinder’s”, it can get frustrating when you don’t find your perfect match as easily as you hoped for. But if you use networking and interaction app like Worksup before, during and after the event, you probably win more than just swiping left and right with other similar apps. For example, if you are managing a network event,  then it is much easier to make people connect before the event and reconnect again during the event. 

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Future

“Our goal at Worksup is to make networking so seamless and inspiring that it becomes a lifestyle,” says Endrik Randoja, the founder of Worksup.

Worksup event app is focused on being a professional networking app in a professional environment. Conference could give them further ideas and topics to discuss, not to mention, the chance to see each other in real life, thus, there is a bigger chance they can benefit from their meeting also after the meeting. 

Worksup’s goal is not to get your business cards into the hands of as many people as possible. Our goal is to spark mutually beneficial conversations that evolve into long-term business relationships, says Randoja. 

6 Ways to save time at the team meeting with Worksup

 Meetings can go well or be totally pointless with now real value or outcome. The bigger the meeting, the bigger the risk of not reaching your goals. Worksup team brainstormed some insights for you to organise better meetings with little help from Worksup conference app.

1) Hear out your team

Carried out by executive leadership coaches That People Thing, the nationwide study of 668 senior staffers found that, on average, just only 44% of time in meetings is productively spent, with productivity at risk as attendees veer off topic.

If this is something that also concerns your team, then one option is to let your team have a say in the next meetings’ agenda. This is not only for saving time, but also reducing the risk of concentrating on topics which won’t give much value to the meeting. Your team knows probably the best what is going on with their work and what topics are more important to talk about.

Polls:

  • Put down the topics you usually discuss during your meetings and let your team to vote for the best option. Also leave out one choice for them to answer.

Worksup mobile event app, Polls view

2) The right answer

To be sure if everyone understands the same, you could run a simple poll and then make a decision from there. For instance, before the meeting you can prepare several polls with a mobile event app and during a meeting, your team can vote on the right option. Team leader can show the results on the screen and see if there is any lack of an agreement.

This  helps to ensure that everyone in your team is on the same page, which allows them to do their job more effectively.

Polls:

  • Create a poll
  • Allow enough time for everyone to send their answer
  • Once they have voted, show them the results
  • Comment on the correct answer and explain unclear topics


3) Brainstorming done effectively

Brainstorming meetings are essential to launch a new project or improve existing frameworks. Usually the real challenge is identifying the best ideas that should be considered for the project. 

To make brainstorming more effective, interaction app Worksup helps to collect ideas before the meeting. You can easily create a text task, where people can write down their thoughts and later see the the most mentioned ideas from the word cloud. This way, they bring more ideas to the discussion and it speeds up the whole brainstorming process.

In the meeting, you can also create polls from the best ideas and encourage people to upvote the ones they like the most. Team can decide which is the best idea and what could the be the next steps and obstacles.

Text task & Word cloud:

  • Create a text task or poll where people can write down their ideas.
  • Share the link and let them upvote the best ideas before the meeting
  • During the meeting,  display the most upvoted ideas on the screen.

Worksup mobile event app, Word Cloud

Polls:

  • Discuss possible obstacles what this idea can bring. 
  • Create a poll beforehand and show the results during the meeting.
  • After the meeting, export the results for further analysis.

4) Quick decisions on the site

During the meetings can happen that the team has to make quick decisions on the spot. But people are different, so are their opinions, thus it can be often complicated to reach an agreement.

Instead of going into deep conversations, it could be a lot easier to do anonymous voting. You can create a poll, let the team members vote and get your answer just in few seconds.

Polls:

  • Create a multiple-choice poll with several possible options
  • Allow enough time for everyone to send their vote
  • Once the votes are in, show the results
  • Comment on them and take further action

5) Include your digital nomads into the discussion

There isn’t probably a meeting where there is a team member from another city or from another country. With Worksup there isn’t a problem to engage them into discussion if they are not in the meeting room.

Share the link:

  • Share the Event ID or link
  • Invite them to join the voting session
  • Display the results on screen so it’s easier for everyone to follow the discussion

6) Check if your team is satisfied

To get information if your team motivated, one of the most effective ways is to create a satisfactory poll.

After the votes are collected, team leader shares the results in a meeting and gives comments on which areas scored well and which need to be improved.

This 3-min employee survey allows the team to reveal matters before they become a problem and take necessary steps to improve people’s well-being at work.

Polls:

  • Create a survey poll
  • Share the link with the team
  • Collect the answers
  • Present the results at the meeting and provide comments if needed