At many large conferences whilst speakers are presenting their material, members of the audience will share quotes, take live pictures and generally report exactly what is happening to a wider audience. This works as it allows those not able to make the event to still gain value and keep up to speed.
The issue that’s a little more murky is not so much the reporting, but talking around the content whilst it is still actually being delivered.
If you are listening to a presentation, do you think you are able to absorb everything the speaker is trying to express if you are talking about something they covered a few minutes before?
The old school scenario of a speaker delivering as much value as possible during their time-slot, whilst the audience sit and wait for their opportunity to have a conversation around it afterwards is changing. Technology has a lot to do with that.
Taking part in conversations requires thought and attention – during a keynote, should 100% of this be given to the stage?
Some may say:
- It is the speaker’s responsibility to hold your attention
- You can learn as much from the conversations as from the keynote
- Taking part in conversations helps the whole learning process
I am no angel – I have sat in an audience, taken part in the dedicated online conversation, looked up and realised I had missed a key point. It annoyed the hell out of me. How about you?
Are you able to learn from a speaker by listening and talking at the same time?
Does tweeting during a keynote really help you to learn?
Do you think the model is changing for the better or the worse?
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