IAC Tips

The A,B,C of an Inspiring Lecture

Captivate from the beginning

Start your lecture with something short and interesting that is going to settle and engage the crowd with the lecture.

  • Start with a cartoon, or a cool picture and talk about it, show something you are passionate about.
  • Tell them little things about yourself (avoid long and winding stories) so that they will see you are human and you trust them enough to share
    • home country: where, what, how
    • your experience with learning the topic you lecture about
    • worst day ever, best class ever, worst experiment, worst lab exam etc

Be animated

Try to vary the intonation (pitch and tone) of your voice, it doesn’t matter how interesting the contents, a monotone voice is guaranteed to send a lecture room full of students to sleep.
Break away from the lectern or podium in order to maintain contact with the crowd. Be conversational in tone. Use humor, since people are more motivated to listen when they’re having fun.

Tell stories

People like jokes; they like stories. Give them something they can relate to and let them hang the information on that. Look for opportunities to use demonstrations that make a point, “Use” quotes from books or movies or songs that you think they will like or that simply you like.

Make the lecture interactive

An interactive lecture is one that includes and encourages participation. Using techniques that encourage all students to contribute, helps to promote retention and learning of the content presented during lecture. For Example: Take polls on various related or not topics (usually that they care or can relate about)

  • It shows you care about their opinion
  • It breaks the monotony

Leave them with a message

Lectures should have a planned ending – not just a last word for the day. Your ending should include:

  • a summary of the main points
  • a recap of the key questions posed/answered
  • an ‘exit thought’ you would like your audience to take with them, one way is to end the lecture with a provocative question

Planning Your Conference Dates

You should confirm the dates for your conference and begin working on the organization at least 12 months in advance of the actual event. It’s always a good idea to begin working as much in advance as possible, even if the event is more than 12 months away.

This way you will have plenty of time for the planning and administrative tasks. The earlier you start, the easier your job will be.

When deciding on the dates for your conference, remember that all hotels and conference venues have high seasons (peak demand), and low seasons (low demand). If you are considering dates during the high season, you may need additional lead time to get the conference venue you want, when you want it, and at the price you want it.

These are three fundamental elements involved in selecting a venue – location, date and price.

 

Tips for a Successful Congress

  1. Location & Date – schedule event at attractive time of year i.e. weather, low season dates, weekend packages in business cities, local festivities with easy access location and wide variety of transportation.
  2. Venue – select a venue with up to date and latest technology, comfortable and easy access.
  3. Speakers – include in the scientific program, world renowned speakers/leaders in the relevant field.
  4. Social Activities – provide great opportunity for networking, and worldwide development with attractive congress activities, evening events, festivals etc.
  5. Accompanying Guest program – take into consideration delegates’ families and schedule tours and events for their participation as well.
  6. Have fun! – Create an atmosphere that promotes interaction.

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