The updated blog posts on my bloglines account have been going crazy today and I’ve been reading with interest Michele Martin’s post on better conferences (http://michelemartin.typepad.com/thebambooprojectblog/2007/06/conferencing-20.html). This is exactly the kind of thing that I’ve been thinking about with the Hub conferences in mind, two of the suggestions have particularly caught my eye, practical demos and cheat sheets.
Web-Enable the Conference and Provide Attendees with Cheat Sheets Ahead of Time
Liveblogging, Twitter, Skypecasting, Flickr photos, etc.–these are all tools that are beginning to enliven and engage conference-goers. But not everyone knows how to use them or how to use them at a conference. One “value-add” for pre-conferencing might be to provide conference goers with instructions and ideas on how they can get the most from the conference through these tools. Give them instructions on how to set up a blog or sign up for a Flickr account. (You can create quick screencasts for this if you want). Give them examples of how others have used these tools at conferences. Help “newbies” figure out how to use these tools of personal learning, which will enable them to get the most out of the conference.