October 19, 2021
My most recent memory of a traditional onsite education conference was Spring 2019. It was similar to so many of the conferences I had attended over the past 25 years. Let’s review the typical scenario:
- Location, location, location — Big conferences aren’t held in Gary, IN (famous for The Music Man) when they could be in Hawaii, Orlando, Austin, New Orleans, Charleston, or San Diego (on an aircraft carrier, no less).
- Variety and volume — Both the theme and the program provide something for everyone and the program is so packed with sessions that it can take a half-day to decide which to attend.
- Vendors, vendors, vendors — There is an exhibit hall with hundreds of vendors sharing their products and services for one-stop shopping. You can even get a seated massage. The vendors also finance large parties/gatherings during the evenings (costs are passed on to you in the form of higher prices).
- Inspirational and worldly keynotes — Speakers of national and international fame provide inspiration to your large audience. It’s a great energy boost to prepare for what is to come, but like most energy supplements, they wear off quickly. It’s cheaper to eat…