Conferences can help participants make connections and realize greater value from the learning experiences offered by inviting them to reflect and distill periodically during the event. Below are 15 questions that presenters, sessions moderators, or emcees could draw from to do so during one of your future conferences.
- What one thing, as a result of what you just heard, might make the most difference in your organization if it was successfully implemented?
- What’s your elevator speech, a headline, or a possible Tweet you could share that would highlight your core learning from this session?
- What ideas, practice, or thinking has provoked the strongest negative reaction from you so far? Why is that? What learning might be waiting for you if you explore your strong reaction a bit more?
- Thinking about what was just shared in this session, what’s a small step forward you could easily take, one that would get you in action about a bigger idea or goal you want to pursue?
- How will you contribute/are you contributing to others’ learning during sessions? What more might you be able to do?
- Great sessions often inspire questions you need to explore further with others. What’s a question that the conference (or this session) has inspired for you so far?
- What is a common theme emerging from the sessions you’ve attended and the conversations you’re having? What might it mean for your efforts?
- What’s the most provocative perspective or idea you’ve heard so far at the conference? What do you make of it?
- How are others’ experiences you’ve heard similar/dissimilar to your own and those in/of your associations? What might that mean?
- What, if anything, might you be doing that is getting in the way of your own learning? How can you manage this so that it doesn’t happen?
- What’s the conversation you most came here to have with others?
- Just like a car needs major maintenance at certainly mileage thresholds, periodically so do are associations need some major work. Based on what you’re learning at the conference, what major maintenance might your association most need to address?
- How are you capturing not only what you are learning, but who you most need to share it with during the conference or after it concludes?
- Leaders leave legacies. Based on what you are learning, what might you now want to add to your legacy as a leader for your association?
- What do you still need to learn from the conference and how are you going to ensure you do so in the time remaining?
What are other questions do you find helpful to facilitate learning during a conference?