Adrian Segar and Ruud Janssen have been co-facilitating a new type of session at meetings industry conferences that seems to be gaining fans. Check out Adrian’s description of the Solution Room here.
There’s been a lot of interest in The Solution Room, a session that I co-facilitated last July at Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress in Orlando, Florida. It is one of the most popular sessions I’ve been asked to facilitate at conferences this year. So here’s some information about the session…oh, and don’t miss the two-minute video of participant testimonials at the end of this post!
Ruud Janssen explains that the original concept was co-created onsite at Meeting Professionals International’s 2011 European Meetings & Events Conference by Linda Pereira, Miranda Ioannou, Midori Connolly, Robert Benninga, Mike van der Vijver, Simon Bucknall, David Bancroft Turner, and Ruud himself. Ruud produced a short video of the original session, as well as a longer video of participant testimonials.
- Enough round tables seating 6-8 people for every participant to have a seat.
- Flip chart paper that completely covers the tables, a plenty of colored markers at each table
- Sufficient clear space in the room to hold a one-dimensional human spectrogram for all participants
The Solution Room is a powerful conference session, typically lasting between 90-120 minutes, which not only engages and connects attendees, but also provides peer-supported advice on their most pressing problems. A session of between 20 – 300 people starts with a short introduction followed by a human spectrogram that demonstrates the amount of experience available in the room. Next, participants are given some time to think of a problem or challenge they have for which they would like to receive peer advice. A second human spectrogram follows which maps participants’ comfort level.
To read the rest of this post, click here http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/promo/2012/03/the-solution-room-a-powerful-conference-session/ Posted with the permission of Adrian Segar.