Conference Highlights from Prezi
A changing landscape is nothing new for the big wide world of communication, but the speakers at this year’s IABC World Conference in San Francisco addressed the very core of that change and what it’ll take to navigate it successfully. While each and every talk was innovative and inspiring, there were a few lessons in particular that stood out. Prezi was among the sponsors at the World Conference and we had the pleasure of supporting some of the speakers with our presentation software. Here are some highlights of speakers who used Prezi for their presentations.
1. Networks > departments
Networking to share and gain knowledge has always been a key component of external business communication, but if popular platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter have underscored anything, it’s that socializing around common interests is a natural process, regardless of setting.
Accordingly, keynote speaker Aaron Dignan of Undercurrent advised professionals to encourage internal networking whenever possible. What he referred to as the “knittedness” of an organization is essentially the notion of total workplace interconnectivity.
“Organizing around networks rather than departments allows the knittedness of the organization to emerge,” he said, citing colonies of ants, the immune system, and even the Internet as examples. In these environments, large networks operate with limited to no central control and simple rules, and in the end find iterative success. “In terms of communication priorities for the next 10 years,” said Dignan, “I have to tell you guys, knittedness is everything.”