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Bl!nk Presentations Give Colleagues a Chance to Share Stories

 
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What happens when two event professionals get to talking in an airport as they're waiting to go home from a conference? In the case of Judy Kucharuk of Footprint Management Sytstems and Elizabeth Henderson of Meeting Change, a whole new presentation format! 

The two hatched an idea for a format that would allow conference attendees to learn more from a variety of colleagues. The short two to five minute "Bl!nk" presentations will be part of the upcoming Green Meetings Industry Council's Sustainable Meetings Conference

I recenly asked Judy to answer a few questions about this innovative format that seeks to give more conference participants the chance to share their stories.

What is Bl!nk and how did the idea for it come about?

Bl!nk Presentations are presentations using a new delivery model which is designed to encourage those individuals who might not normally come forward with a speaker proposal because they either don’t have enough material for a traditional presentation, are terrified of the Pecha Kucha format or simply just have a single thought or short story to share. Maybe they are new to the organization or this is their first time attending.

Blink is about what we don’t see...what we don’t hear from our colleagues. It is telling us about a success or failure; a great idea or concept; sharing some magic.

The idea to do something “different” was born in the Vancouver airport over lunch (see my blog post above). Once I got home and gave it further thought, it evolved into the concept of Bl!nk.

Excerpt from my Blog post which talks about how I arrived at Bl!nk:

Blink – To close and open one or both of the eyes rapidly.

Screen shot 2012 03 06 at 8.36.23 PM resized 600A blink of an eye takes 300-400 milliseconds…or about 1/3 of a second. Think about it….33 percent of that second is given over to complete blindness (eek!)

We….as humans…blink an average of 15,000 times per day, which means that we have our eyes closed for approximately 5,250,000 milliseconds per day (seriously? Wow!)…which calculates to 5,250 seconds per day.

Based on my mathematical calculations using an extremely sharp pencil and the Google search engine, this means that, on average, we (humans) spend over an hour each day blinking.

Do you ever wonder what you miss? What you don’t see?

Have you ever been to a conference, had a conversation with a colleague and they wowed you with a recent success or a unique concept? You say, “Why  aren’t you telling everyone about it?” and they say, “I’m shy, or I could never get up there and talk for 15 minutes, or I’m too scared to do a Pecha Kucha session”. This is what is so great about the Bl!nk Presentation format. An attendee can speak for 2 minutes about something or they can stretch it to five and include a powerpoint or video.

Is this a format that would be easily adapted for other conferences?

I definitely think that this format could be adapted for other conferences. You could also include your virtual attendee’s.

I honestly believe that there are folks within organizations who have magic to share; who, given the opportunity, would simply dazzle us with their expertise, their ideas, their delivery style. Bl!nk presentations discover that hidden talent.

What are Bl!nk's advantages over more traditional presentation formats?

A Bl!nk presentation can be as short as 2 minutes. I love that! A presenter could go up with one thought to share; or use the opportunity to ask a question of the audience and the audience could interact with them post-presentation through email, blog, etc.

Who can become a Bl!nk presenter? What Bl!nk topics are you looking for at The Sustainable Meetings Conference and is there a deadline for submissions?

A registered conference delegate can submit a Bl!nk presentation proposal (share something about yourself; what inspires you, what you are passionate about. Excite us with stories of your success; empower us with stories of overcoming adversity; all within the realm of sustainable meetings and events) by completing the online form at http://www.sustainablemeetingsconference.com/

Deadline for submissions are March 20th.

How can people find out more?

There is information on http://www.sustainablemeetingsconference.com/ or folks can contact me directly judy@managefootprint.com or by calling (250) 784-4237

 

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Comments

Jenise: 
 
Interesting concept. I will be watching from afar to see how the audience responds. 
 
Here's my spin on this. I believe we should be talking about ways to ensure that the audience learns something, not talking about how to get more people to present. IMO, that's backwards. It should be about the audience as learners, not speakers as presenters. So I have great challenges with a lot of the short presentation models: Pecha Kucha, Ignite and now Bl!nk because the focus is on the speaker, not the learner. 
 
Just sayin....
Posted @ Wednesday, March 07, 2012 2:29 PM by Jeff Hurt
Jeff 
 
I don't disagree with your comment, "about the audience as learners, not speakers as presenters", and that was definitely considered with this model. That is why it is so flexible, i.e as few as 2 minutes and as much as 5 and that is why there are no rules, i.e. not Pecha Kucha/Ignite. This way the presenter can focus on the message, and not worry that aren't keeping up with their slide. 
 
The Bl!nk sessions were designed to encourage and assist new speakers to share at the conference. Many attendee's sit in the audience and wish they had a platform to share their message. Also, this is an opportunity to get to know members - hear something that we might not normally hear. 
 
It was designed to be less intimidating. 
 
I really appreciate your feedback and will definitely keep it in mind as this moves forward. I will also share with you post-event on how it goes. 
 
Thank you 
 
Judy Kucharuk 
Posted @ Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:00 PM by Judy Kucharuk
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