Imagine a conference with only 50 to 200 people.
The speakers are top-notch and the networking is amazing.
There’s no swag and, at most, a few booths.
The new conference is salon-like. It is focused on a specific topic.
The sessions are in-depth, interactive, and feature smart people delivering inspiring strategic and tactical insight.
These are the conferences that I want to attend.
I’m tired of hanging out with hundreds, if not thousands, of people in a cavernous convention center.
I’m frustrated with events in which organizers lavish attention on sponsors but do little to facilitate networking and connections.
I get no value from sessions where the topics are “meh” and the speakers are enthusiastic but boring and unprepared.
As conferences re-emerge after an 18-month hibernation, there’s an opportunity for new and different formats.
Does anyone have examples of amazing and smaller conferences?