Let’s be honest, we’ve all been to a bad conference once or twice in our business life. The topic may be interesting and the speakers may be inspiring but there’s something missing. So we asked Louise Greenway, Altitude’s events manager to come up with some handy tips to make your conference memorable for the right reasons!
Here are Louise’s top four tips to help you inspire your delegates:
Your delegates may have come to your event on their own and want to get the most out of their day… But the best way to engage them isn’t to talk at them the whole day. We’re social creatures after all! Consider including and making the most of smaller, interactive breakout sessions which will allow maximum time for your delegates to engage with speakers and other guests. In my experience, these are the sessions that guests find the most informative.
All of Altitude London’s venues can be divided up into smaller spaces to create informal breakout areas but if you are looking for something a little more distinct, our Belgravia meeting rooms can be hired as private meeting spaces that have incredible views.
You’ve probably got a lot of content to get through and loads of fantastic speakers booked… But remember that there are points when your guests need a break. Not only does this give them a chance to recharge for the next session but also digest the information they’ve received and also network with other delegates.
During these breaks you can offer your guests something more than tea and coffee. Not only can extras like cakes or smoothies make your event stand out from the rest but it will boost your guests’ energy for the next session.
You may event want to treat them to a Champagne reception at the end of the day, giving them a chance to network with other delegates and speakers, increasing interaction even further.
Making a Statement
They say that communication is only 30% verbal. Make sure that your methods of communication, from audio to the presentations themselves are designed to connect with your delegates. Each of Altitudes event spaces has state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities and we include plasma screens and flip charts as standard in our Day Delegate packages. That said, every event is different: Altitudes in-house expects can tailor your packages further, helping you to find the right set-up to suit your event.
The Millbank Media Centre has a cinema sized screen and stage, perfect for running interactive and captivating presentations, screenings and Q&A sessions in high definition and surround sound. You can use this hidden gem as an optional extra or centre-piece for your conference.
Make it as easy as possible
It may sound obvious, but organisation is absolutely the key to a good conference. Yes, there will always be the last-minute delegate registrations but the further you can plan ahead the less stress you’ll have to combat on the day!
At Altitude, our dedicated event managers are also there to help event organisers every step of the way, confirming your audio-visual requirements, mapping out floor plans and devising menus to make sure that you are as prepared as possible.
You can talk to Louise Greenaway or any one of the Altitude events team today.
You can read more about our inclusive Day Delegate packages HERE.