Monday, March 14, 2011

What I Learned From Leading a Conference

Last Monday and Tuesday was the Christian Camp and Conference Association's Illinois Sectional Conference.  (Say that 5 times fast.)  I currently serve as the president of the cabinet that pulls off this annual conference.

Here's what I learned from being the guy "in charge."
  1. You need a good team.  I had a cabinet of seven fantastic people surrounding me. To be honest, I was not all that "in charge" and relied on them throughout the conference.  (So here's a shout out to Paul, Jim, Wade, Mark, Kerma, Steve, and Pauly.  Thanks!  You were all awesome!)
  2. You need a serviceable plan.  I wouldn't call our plan over the top great, but it worked.  Having a plan helped us all know when we were supposed to be where and what we were supposed to be doing.
  3. You need good people.  It might be obvious that you should try to find the best speaker and seminar leaders you can.  But I think that getting great attendees is just as important.  I don't really have any advice on how to make this happen, but the crew we had last week was awesome.
  4. You need to get people talking.  Seth Godin just posted about what he looks for at a conference: The individual conversations.  When you get people talking, you bring out the collective wisdom of everyone, which is far more than any individual speaker can bring.
That's about all my feeble mind could come up with.  We get to try the whole thing again next year and I can't wait!

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