04 Jun Conference locations can definitely be enhanced with the right composite decking boards
I remember the first conference I went to and it felt like I was in prison. I know it’s a kind of harsh assessment, but let me tell you, there is nothing fun when a conference involves concrete walls and no natural source of sunlight and recycled air through the vent system. Talk about a disaster.
When I looked around people looked like they had cabin fever. Some people looked anxious, while others were looking depressed. It was really a disaster. Unfortunately, the conference organizer who basically had to give a speech at the end of the events was on top of the world. She was like over the moon . She was talking on and on about the success metrics of the convention and conference attendees.
People wouldn’t care less about the words coming out of her mouth. They are actually looking at their watches some people were on their cell phone obviously booking flights so they can get the heck out of there. What went wrong?
First of all, it’s all about the venue. You have to understand that when you hold a conference, people will show up. If it is an important enough conference and it speaks to the basic needs of the industry participants, the people will find a way to show up. Even if they don’t have a budget, or it is located far away, or they are not connected to anybody important such as the movers and shakers of the industry, they would find a way to show up. That’s the nature of the game when it comes to getting a competitive advantage by going through these industry conferences.
The problem is, if you are the organizer, you make it a living hell for them. You make it so inconvenient for them. Your conference is going to suffer and it is not going to be as influential as it could be or as awesome of a conference brand as it could otherwise have been.
You need to roll up your sleeves and pay attention to these details. You have to commit to doing the kind of work for however long it takes to turn things around. Unfortunately, when you hold events in what otherwise would be considered bunkers or tombs, people think twice. Don’t be surprised when you hold a conference again at the same place where people relatively feel screwed up.
So do yourself a big favor; hold it outdoors.
There’s something about fresh air that restarts the human mind. There is something about wide-open vistas and a natural scene that recharges one’s spiritual, emotional, and psychological batteries. Whatever the case may be, there is something about Mother Nature that I really can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s there.
That is the first lesson that you need to learn. Hold conferences outdoors. The second lesson you need to learn is to enhance the experience. Don’t get me wrong, but Mother Nature can definitely do a good job and she can definitely take your conference to a much higher level as compared to what you were doing before, which was to hold it in some sort of bunker or internal mortuary-style event place.
But you have to look into extra details. Believe it or not, by installing the right composite decking boards, you can go a long way enhancing everybody else’s experience. By seeing all these details come together, you’d be surprised as to how much successful your conference is. Don’t be surprised that people keep talking about your conference and keep telling you when you should hold it again.
So the key is, pay attention to small details connecting the dots and putting together a much better package than your competitors.