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Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 16 July 2007



Conference Conversations
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Posted DateMonday 16 July 2007 18:07 GDT
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I recently chaired Ark Group's KC UK Conference in London for the second year. I wanted to make it as interactive and engaging as possible and so I experimented with a new format.

Each speaker had 40 minutes to present. I e-mailed them all before the event to tell them that I wanted them to only speak for 20 minutes. That I would then give the audience 5 minutes to discuss their talk amongst themselves and then a full 15 minutes for Q&A. Most of the speakers kept close to time though one went to the full 40 minutes!

Quite simply, after each talk, I asked the audience to just turn to each other in twos or threes in their seats and have a conversation about the talk.

You can see the results in this little video clip I shot. Quite amazing, it worked every time and I had some good feedback - people enjoyed it.

I have used the technique at another conference since and it is going to become a standard part of my repertoire.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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