Friday, March 5, 2010

Engaging Attendees Today: A PCMA Webinar Recap

Earlier today PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) hosted a webinar entitled “Engaging Attendees Today:  How to Combine Virtual and Face-to-Face Meetings.”  As you may know this is a hot topic in the events business in 2010, and there were nearly 200ppl in attendance at the webinar.

I facilitated the session, with fellow panelists Jeff Hurt and Christina CosterJessica Levin was also originally slated to participate as well, but unfortunately had to back out at the last minute.

The unusual slant to this webinar was to share our Hybrid event experiences through the lens of the recent Event Camp 2010, held in New York City on February 6, 2010.  Christina was the brain-child, the genesis of that un-conventional conference.  Along with Jeff, Jessica & I, Mike McAllen rounded out a five-person team that produced Event Camp.

In recap the following were the learning objectives for the webinar:

  • Discuss how to use Social Media as tool to enhance attendee experience before, during and after meeting.
  • Identify ways to manage technology to deliver a seamless Hybrid experience.
  • Discuss strategies for increasing interaction between virtual & face2face attendees.

A Twitter Hashtag #EC10W was established for this seminar by our Twitter colleagues and there was a ton of activity in that channel during the event.  A transcript of the chat can be found here.  Here are the stats courtesy of WtHashtag:

A detailed discussion of what we presented in the webinar will be posted on this blog, on another day, but for now here are links to the slide presentation, which is in pdf format.  Also, in approximately two weeks PCMA will have an archived version of the webinar available at their Online Learning Center.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Paul Salinger March 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm


thanks for the recap. my week was so crazy I didn’t even know this was happening until too late to join (and seeing the #ec10w tweets). sorry to have missed it.


Michael M McCurry CMP March 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm

@Paul Salinger,

We missed you Paul, but thanks for commenting anyways!

It was a well attended event with close to 200 participants when it was all said and done.




Rachel Levy March 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

It looks like I’m too late for this webinar, but I thought you might be interested to post future webinars on my website for free (or upgrade for a fee for more visibility)

-Rachel Levy- (@WebinarListings)


Michael M McCurry CMP March 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm

@Rachel Levy,

Wow, thank you for sharing that resource with me… I did not even know it existed… I will spread the good word.

Thanks Rachel for contributing!




Rachel Levy March 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

@Michael M McCurry CMP, I am launching on Monday officially, but already have over 50 Webinars on the site. After launch, I expect many many more!

Let me know if you want to talk more.

-Rachel- (via email or @WebinarListings – I’m following you now)


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