Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Event Camp Story – Online Community Leads to Face2Face Connections

Over the past year I have written many blog articles in which I have referred to the Twitter Hashtag Community “Eventprofs.”  My success in the blogging and social media world has been significantly influenced by my yearlong collaboration with this like-minded group of event professionals.

Several months ago, one of my Eventprofs colleagues, Christina Coster, a NYC based Freelance planner,  came up with the idea of producing an “un-conference,” calling it Event Camp 2010.  A team was formed to create the event, slated for the Roger Smith Hotel, in New York City.  I was asked to become part of that five-person team.

The Event Camp 2010, held on February 6, 2010 was a huge success, and by all accounts will live on in social media folklore.  Many blog articles, magazine articles and newspaper articles have been written about this event, in the month since it occurred.  Evaluations, by attendees, of Event Camp were stellar, and there is a huge interest in the events business for the next version of this innovative conference.

The most important learning lesson, arguably, from this experience is the realization that “online relationships and events lead to, not replace, face2face events.”  If you ask any of the 75 participants who attended this conference face2fac, if that is true, I am 100% confident you will hear a resounding “yes” from all of them.

This Friday, March 5, from 12noon – 1pm, CST PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) is hosting a free webinar addressing this very subject.  Christina Coster, Jessica Levin, Jeff Hurt, all Eventprofs veterans, and the planning team for Event Camp 2010, along with myself, as Facilitator, will tell the story of what led to this event, and  its impact on the events business.  Sadly, our fifth team member, Mike McAllen, will not be able to join us.

This interactive session, in which our panel will take questions/comments from the virtual audience, will provide attendees with a behind-the-scenes look at how to plan and execute a hybrid meeting.  Key take-aways from the webinar will include:

  • Learn how social media can help you achieve and improve upon your meeting objectives before, during, and after your event.
  • Discover how to manage technology to deliver a seamless hybrid meeting.
  • Learn new strategies to increase interaction by virtual and face-to-face attendees.

To register for the webinar please click here.  If you are not able to join us on Friday, an archive of this event will be available at the PCMA online learning center.

We hope you will join us on March 5th for this exciting session!

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