Is the exchange of ideas a major part of your next event? It could be a morning training for local entrepreneurs or a three day conference for bioengineering. Encourage the spirit of collaboration with a giant whiteboard. How would this work?
You’ll need to find a large white board, markers and a sign for providing simple directions. Then, choose a question that event attendees will be interested in! Now, set up the board in a place where it can’t be missed, and people will have time to jot down their answer. Think registration, dining hall, or another high traffic and social area.
Let’s say you’re hosting a training for event organizers. The question on the board might be “What is the most helpful tip about event planning you’ve ever received?” The directional sign might read “Will You Help Us Out? Answer this question and sign with your first name and Twitter handle.”
If it’s a low tech event, the board can be the extent of the “social sharing”. If you have an event feed, consider updating it with thought-provoking answers as they are are added to the board. A social media tag given with an answer will also allow event participants to continue the conversation online later with other colleagues if they wish.
- Liven up the board with related info graphics.
- Provide plenty of markers. Different colors might be fun!
- Move the board around to a variety of social areas during the event.
- Tap registrants for their burning questions on social media before the event, then use them on the whiteboard.
Everyone has something to bring to the table. A whiteboard is a wonderful, concrete, visual way to demonstrate that the people around us can be an amazing resource if we take the time to ask and listen.