An emerging conference trend we’ve discovered is that fewer attendees are going to general and concurrent sessions. For years we’ve preached that attendees vote with their feet first and their wallet second. If your sessions are attracting fewer than 65% of participants, at any given time, your conference education needs an upgrade.
Now we realize there’s more to the story. Our attendees are losing their ability to problem solve and innovate. If they don’t know the answer to something they google it, ask Alexa or watch a how-to video on YouTube. Conference organizers feed lazy learners with tip sheets and PowerPoint decks. But that stifles the brain’s health.
Learning is very
. In order to get something out of a learning experience, our participants first need to have a mindset of curiosity and the adaptability to learn, unlearn and relearn. Secondly, they need to understand that if they don’t wrestle with the content and connect it to their past experiences, learning and sense-making won’t happen. No learning means no application, no job improvements and a weak conference value prop.
Growing curiosity is the first step to getting more participants to show up and embrace lifelong learning.