There were tears. Some people were gritting their teeth and others started rubbing their thighs. The angst was palpable as I went into the part of the show, where the crowd turns on me. Or rather, turns on the character I am portraying. In a room packed with 30 people, just enough room to crowd around me I knew as I performed this piece that the woman in the front row had something to say about that. That the young man with the slightly larger suit had a very distinct cosign. I knew they were in. I knew the talk back session, would go longer than my 45 minute show and I knew that, because I've seen it 35 times before and know the signs. They would make this event stick out as one of their top events for the year. They would leave with a sense of expressiveness and resoluteness about their own ambitions and reasonings.
Unfortunately, most conferences don't play out like the show above. They are filled with chance encounters in bathrooms and hallways while checking emails and hopefully, a connection between peers, clients and customers is made. A conference is an incredible opportunity for people, to talk with each other and connect on a human level that develops relationships. That quality of relating to the people you're in a chair with all day is invaluable. What people remember most about conferences is the connection they made with like minds. They don't forget those and it is because they are emotionally vested at that moment. To discuss the options available click here.
ORGANIZED SOCIAL EVENT
Most conferences offer a great night of fun. A party thats is loud with a DJ and sometimes food. They are what people have formed groups around during the day and conferred on hotel plans to make sure they are up bright and early for the first session. These are fun nights but they lack something. Most professionals who fit an older demographic or have a more mature demeanor simply aren't into the party scene. The music doesn't make sense to them, the compulsive drinking is long behind them if it were ever their style at all and they actually want to get to the first session because they want the information. The conference for this group of folks is limited in it's ability to give them an opportunity to connect with other like minded professionals. "Never Say Die" offers them the opportunity to not only be entertained but engaged on a level that speaks to their maturity and stations in life.
If you are interested in providing the social event alternative to the late night, early morning rise, partying crowd, click here.