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Seven Rules for Designing More Innovative Conferences

Do you want more return on your conference investment?

Nominated for Canada’s Management Book of the Year when published, this book is a roadmap with case studies to help you design an engaging and collaborative conference, meeting or symposium.

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Conference Navigator Guides: ‘a notebook on steroids’

Convene Magazine USA:
‘The “paperless” meeting has been held up as a kind of a gold standard for sustainable meeting practices, and for some very good reasons. But Ed Bernacki’s Conference Navigator notebooks make a good case for not tossing paper out entirely.’ Over 55,000 people have used a Conference Navigator Guide, a winning conference innovation. It’s a new generation of idea journals.

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If you want learning, tell participants not to use a computer!

Thought leadership:
Is learning important for your conference?

If so, tell people to put away the iPads and computers and use a notebook. Otherwise, you may be turning participants into typists rather than learners and explorers of ideas. That’s what new research tells us.

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Learning about conference design

In 1997 the Editor of Inc. magazine asked for help to make its conference more effective. This started the Idea Factory’s focus on conference design. The secret to design is to separate the logistical planning of a conference with the planning for content, learning and collaboration. Review the Seven Rules and download the Effectiveness Toolkit for free. Learn more >

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Conference design services

Expand your thinking on what’s possible at your conferences. Conference design services explore what can be created at your event when we put participants at the center of your plans. You will learn much about conference design and brainstorm ideas for your event. Read more >

Inside the idea factory

How to get the most value from your next conference

Do your conference participants make notes and never look at them again? Help them bridge the gap between the inspiration of a conference and action back at work. Whether they use a notepad or an iPad, this short book can develop their skills to be effective conference participants. It is a great idea for your participants. Read more >

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