The Silent Minority: Introverts at the Conference
You keep your members in mind as you plan your conference; you have planned an event that will appeal to everyone. Have you really, though? What if I told you there’s a good chance you have (accidentally, of course) isolated 1/3 to 1/2 of your membership?
Truth be told, most association events are built for extroverts. There are many highly social activities happening, from networking and breakout groups to meetups and seminars. For many attendees, conferences are energizing and leaves them feeling positive, motivated, and refreshed.
For the introverts, on the other hand, conferences require many uncomfortable situations and large gatherings of people. In order to find value in a conference, introverts have to make a conscious effort to handle their discomfort in a productive way. It’s simply harder for them to enjoy a conference and believe that what was learned was worth the struggle of having to be there, with so many other people, for days at a time.
In Darmesh Shah’s article, “Introvert’s Guide to Getting the Most from a Conference,” he addresses the needs of the introvert, offering helpful planning techniques to help the square peg fit a bit better in the round hole. These practical tips will help even the most reluctant professional be glad to have attended your conference.
Are you introverted? Are conferences draining for you? More to the point, is your conference introvert-friendly? How can you help make it a better experience for everyone? Would incorporating technology, like the Mobile Event App from Omnipress, help introverts feel connected without being overwhelmed? Share your ideas in the comment section.