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IMPRESSIONS There’s a Greater Purpose [Re: “The Conference is Not About You,” March/April 2011] I am in disagreement with the premise promoted on the video that the reason we want to be employed is so that we can get stuff. That’s very shallow and self serving. I am hoping there are at least a few people who have a greater purpose in life. —John Potterdon EDITOR’S NOTE: We appreciate the feedback on MPI and your magazine, One+. Your ideas and thoughts are important to us. Let us know what you think. E-mail the editorial team at You Tell Us How have you improved teamwork at your company? Tell us about it. Send an e-mail to 12 one+ 05.1 1 >> This is what the MPI Georgia Chapter has been focusing on for the past year with our programs. And we’re starting to see a change in attitude about meetings. More conversations, dialogue and participation is becoming the new norm. —Kevin Priger Don’t be Rude [Re: “Case for Ignoring E-mails,” PlusPoint blog] Interesting article. I believe that an ignored attempt to communicate is on the high level of rude. I am bombarded with daily requests from individual emails, yet I still take the time to send a reply. If the email content is not of interest or value, I make that point clear. I mean, why would I ignore the email to receive another one later in the week or next? Would I not be part of the problem by my own lack of communication? What must the sender think? Did my email arrive to a junk inbox? Was the email received? I generally follow up with two additional emails. Can I avoid two additional emails into my own inbox just by spending the 10 seconds it took me to write a response? —Chris Hodge Feeling More Engaged [Re: “Conversations Instead of Meetings,” PlusPoint blog] Yes, yes, yes! We need more conversations and discussions and participations and less monologues and panel dialogues. It’s only when the brain is engaged in thought (which rarely happens when listening to a talking head) that we actually are engaged in real learning. It’s time for conferences to start engaging in more discussions with registrants and transition them from attendee to participant! —Jeff Hurt At the recent MPI European Meetings & Events Conference, we practiced exactly this, and I must say it was an attendee led, immersive experience (experiment at that) that rocked the event. —Ruud Janssen What, are you trying to put us all out of business? Ha! Great thoughts on communications in organizations. If we’d share in a two-way dialogue, we’d feel more involved and engaged. —Meredith Martini The peer conferences ( “structured unconferences”) I’ve been organizing and facilitating for the last 20 years allow the participants to decide not only the sessions’ topics but also what kinds of formats make sense. What happens is that the majority of the sessions chosen are discussions (conversations) rather than presentations and panels. Conference attendees have wanted discussions and conversation for a long time. The problem has been that most events haven’t given them the option. But you need a conference design that encourages and supports attendees in making the right choices; it won’t happen by itself. That’s what my work and book are about. —Adrian Segar CORRECTIONS The article “Get the Job Done” in the Your Community section (Page 112) of the March-April issue of One+ incorrectly reported that CareerConn11 occurred in February. The event has been postponed until this fall. In the Thoughts+Leaders section (Pages 22-23) in the February issue of One+, the answers by Michelle Johnson of C3 and Ken Kirsh of Kirsh Productions were transposed. Kirsh answers a new question this month (Page 22), and Johnson will appear in an upcoming issue.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + May 2011

One + May 2011
Energy of Many
Meeting Design Goes Mobile
Picking Brains
Ask the Experts
Art of Travel
Web Watch
Radical Co-creation
Engagement + Innovation = Wunderbar
Top Spots
The Business of Being Social
Safety in Numbers
Ads, Sponsors and Patrons
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
It’s Getting Better All the Time
Blame It on Rio
Ride Free
Learning How the Brain Learns
Just Face It
Becoming Mindful with Your Meetings
Group Think
The Mesh Meeting
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again

One + May 2011