2020 is here! With a new year AND new decade, why not try some new ideas at your association or chamber’s upcoming event(s)?
To bump up attendee engagement and elevate the overall attendee experience, here are two tactics worth a try:
Two truths and a lie (Speaker edition)
Many companies and organizations are trying to move away from the traditional speaker introduction. You know, the standard speaker bio. But what’s the best way to do that? How can you introduce your speakers in a way that’s also going to appeal to and engage the audience?
Here’s an idea: Try playing two truths and a lie. Rather than verbally explaining the speaker’s credentials (those can be listed in your onsite guide and/or in your conference app), read aloud three statements (provided to you by the speaker) and ask the audience to identify which statement they think is a lie.
For example, this speaker…
- Is a twin
- Can play the violin
- Uses fake names at restaurants
Are those silly? Yes! But they’ll grab the audience’s attention and give the speaker a fun, easy way to kick off their presentation. (They can explain and provide more background. Wouldn’t you want to know the story behind using fake names at restaurants?!)
Ice breakers serve a purpose, but let’s face it, sometimes they get a bad rap. For those planning the ice breaker, sometimes they can seem complicated to organize and execute. And for those participating in the ice breaker, sometimes they can seem intimidating or cheesy.
But here’s a solution for ALL parties: badge breakers. You don’t have to make it a big deal or announce that this is an ice breaker, but to help your attendees network, consider adding a line item on your name badges with something the attendees can easily discuss. (Bonus points if it adds attendee value.)
For example, “I’d like to learn more about…”
Giving your attendees something to talk about and helping them get out of the event what they were hoping to is a MAJOR win-win.
A big factor in hosting a successful event is ensuring your attendees are engaged. For more tips and ideas, check out our free guide below!