Company Meetings & Conferencesin Vegas (With a Technician) Many conferences, workshops and seminars are in Las
Vegas Daily As to be expected, the
all star cast of speakers inspired, provoked thought and raised questions,
plenty of them. I hope those who didn’t get to ask their questions found it to
be as insightful as I did, but a few reactions to what could only be seen as
“rejection at the mic” made me wonder how long those individuals might have
been upset, noting that text messaging provides several simple solutions to a
more engaging audience experience.
I was definitely not the only one who
had questions they wanted answered.
So much of the talks were about data, about social media and what customers
were thinking about brands. Time constraints made it difficult for those who
wanted to ask a question to get theirs asked. It happens. But, I personally saw
at least 3 people who were visibly upset that their questions didn’t get asked.
Why? Because it takes guts to walk up to a mic and prepare to ask a question in
front of a group of people. To then be denied the opportunity to do so isn’t
just unfortunate, it’s embarrassing, an insult to the effort.
Looking around at any given moment, I
saw 1 in 5 people looking at their mobile phones. Opportunity!
Here are 3 reasons Why company’s should have gotten rid of the Q&A mics and
enabled audience members to ask questions via text message.
1. Everyone gets to ask their
For every person who walked up to the mic, I bet there were at least 5-10
others who would have loved to asked theirs. The presentations were incredible,
why wouldn’t anyone who spends money to go to a conference have questions for
at least 1 of those presenting? For anyone wondering “If there wasn’t enough
time to get to 6 questions, how could there be enough time to answer 30-60?”
The truth is, there isn’t. But to the gentleman who clearly wanted to ask a
question of the Virgin America CEO and was upset he didn’t get to: not only am
I sorry your question got unheard, I’m really curious what it was. You were
obviously upset. If Fast Company used text to screen for Q&A, I would have
at least had the chance to gain more interactive knowledge through the
intelligent questions of others in attendance.
2. An opportunity has been missed to
receive and respond to those people forever.
It was obvious that the success of every person who spoke was powered by
passion. Each speaker could have spent as much (or more) time responding to
questions than they did speaking about their topic. My gut tells me that each
of those people, if they got to see a list of the questions asked at the event,
would have taken the time to respond to them if they could.
3. Questions and answers provide a
post-event bounce that extend the experience.
By enabling attendees to text in
their questions, Media TV could have
provided that experience for past, current and future attendees of their
events. All speakers at the event are busy people, but why not send them the
list of questions people wanted to ask, let them respond to those questions
after the event, post the questions and answers on and share the knowledge in
an innovative way? Doing so adds to the live event rather than take away from
As I said before, the event was truly
incredible and I will attend again, but I couldn’t help mentioning that a
simple (and yes, still innovative) technology without the need for a mobile app
or Twitter accounts could have been utilized to give Media TV more out of their
Q&A sessions. They are, in my opinion, one of the most important and
interactive elements of the conference experience.
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