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Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees

Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees: 4 Tactics to Try

Of course you want to provide an exceptional experience for ALL of your conference attendees, but ensuring that happens for your first-time attendees is particularly important. Their decision to attend future events (and possibly even renew their membership) depends heavily on that first experience, so going the extra mile for those folks, in particular, is certainly worth it.

What does “going the extra mile” for your first-time attendees look like? Here are a few tactics worth trying:

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5 Must-Watch TED Talks for Association Pros

Posted by Callie Walker

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Do you ever have one of those days where you just feel completely unmotivated? Where you start to feel burnt out and maybe even a little doubtful?

Well chin up, association pro! This too shall pass. But to help it pass a little faster, here are five inspirational TED Talks to get you back on your feet!

1. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

A lot of people believe that success leads to happiness, but could the opposite be true? Could happiness actually lead to a more productive life? Psychologist Shawn Achor shares his thoughts in The Happy Secret to Better Work.

2. Susan Cain: The power of introverts

In a world where being social is prized, it can be difficult – and sometimes shameful – to be an introvert. But, as author Susan Cain explains, introverts bring a special set of skills to the world and should be encouraged as well as celebrated.

 

3. Dr. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

This one’s a personal favorite of mine! Vulnerability is often seen as a weakness, but according to research professor Dr. Brené Brown, vulnerability is not a weakness at all. Rather, it is perhaps one of our most accurate measures of courage.

 

4. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

If you’re struggling in the leadership realm, this TED Talk’s for you. Author Simon Sinek explains how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust, and change – all by starting off with the question, “Why?”

5. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

We know body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. According to social psychologist Amy Cuddy, “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident – can actually impact our chances for success.

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