[Reston Idea Swap] Refresh Your Meetings and Events

When:  Mar 5, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)
Refresh Your Meetings and Events
Join other association professionals for innovative ideas, practical tips, and productive peer sharing about how to refresh your organization's meetings or events.

About this Event
Want to improve your annual conference? Have a big meeting you'd like to spice up? Or do you need some new ideas and energy in your staff meetings or planning committees?

Meetings take a ton of work and are often a hallmark of an association's outreach, be they conferences, conventions or members' summits. In this presentation, you'll learn -- and apply -- a few easy techniques to see your own events with fresh eyes and get actionable, innovative solutions to improve them.

This collaborative session is focused on refreshing meetings and events so they are more engaging, fun, profitable, or serve to better connect attendees and share knowledge. Created as a productive mini-workshop, it will help association pros enact positive change in a fun atmosphere that draws on the combined wisdom of other association executives -- including you. It's based on powerful peer learning and sharing techniques; it's not a PowerPoint presentation.

Don't have a conference to work on? Don't worry; the format is just as applicable to smaller gatherings like staff meetings, board meetings, committee meetings, roundtable discussions and the like.
What will you walk away with?
  • Learn 2 plug-and-play techniques to apply to your meetings and events, big or small.
  • Get 2 solid solutions to help you overcome a specific meeting/event challenge in your own organization.
  • Really meet, interact, and network with three fellow association pros, beyond cursory business-card exchanges; be able to replicate this subtle networking style at your own events.
About the Speaker
Lee Gimpel is the founder of Better Meetings, which provides meeting facilitation, meeting training, and meeting design services around Washington, DC. He is a meeting expert with a focus on making them more productive, effective, and engaging. Formerly, as Director of Development for LifeWise Strategies, he spent a decade overseeing the training/education company’s products that helped organizations design and facilitate better programs, more authentic client connections, and dynamic classes. There, he worked with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and the USMC. Previously, he worked in the training/knowledgebase department at Capital One and started his career as a software product manager. His work blends meeting facilitation, audience engagement, human-centered design, and specific training with Liberating Structures, Technology of Participation, and improv.

Agenda for March 5, 2020, 3–5 pm: 

  1. Welcome and self-introductions 3 – 3:15 pm
  2. Audience driven topics 3:15 – 3:25 pm
  3. Presentation: Refresh Your Meetings  3:25 – 4:45 pm

March meeting location will be at Association Innovation and Management (AIM) 11190 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20191. Please RSVP here. 



Association Innovation and Management (AIM)
11190 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20191
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