Next week is an exciting time! We have a post-con meeting to discuss what we thought about our conference.
In preparing for the meeting, there are a host of questions to ask and work through.
One key step is the posture – bringing curiosity and generosity to the conversation. Being able to hone in on what’s it for and who’s it for will make a big difference as you make forward progress.
First, it’s important to celebrate the wins, small and large. Some questions to bring out those ideas are:
- What worked well?
- What did attendees enjoy?
- What was the “best” part of the conference?
- What would we include again next year that you wouldn’t want to miss? Or alternatively;
- If we removed “x” next year, would you still attend?
The second piece, which most of us focus on primarily, is what could be improved. Here are some questions to get you started:
- If you could improve one thing next year, what would you improve?
- What part of the conference did not work?
- Is there something from the conference this year, if included next year, would stop you from attending again?
Start off looking at the big picture will be helpful. Then you can zoom in on specific areas, such as:
- Planning committee & responsibilities
- Speakers & topics
- Attendee feedback
- Attendee interaction
What other questions would you explore? Please let me know in the comments.