Trend Talks are one-hour, facilitated, round table discussions where conference attendees can gather informally and talk about issues affecting the profession. The sessions will depart from the usual topics covered at the conference and instead delve into new angles on emerging concepts and evolving issues.
Attendees will be able to comfortably connect with each other on issues that are top of mind and surfacing in the profession, in a way that welcomes new ideas and creative thinking. Attendees will learn from each other and have an opportunity to make connections with others who are concerned about some of the same issues.
Sessions will be co-facilitated by a related topic/issue expert in partnership with leaders of the Program Advisory Committee and will take place each morning during the first breakout session slot.
- 10 minutes — Facilitators provide an overview of the issue to be discussed and bring up the latest revelations, discoveries and challenges. They will pose critical questions for the group to discuss.
- 30 minutes — Groups discuss the questions and share personal experiences and ideas.
- 15 minutes — A member of each group gives an overview of the biggest discoveries they made, sharing a story or example.
- 5 minutes — Facilitators make closing remarks.
10:30 a.m. — Monday, 15 June
The gaps in generational communication and how to bridge them
Multiple generations are now in a position to collaborate and work together. But what are the consequences of pulling together different groups with divergent styles and understanding of what it means to be a participant in a team and organizational workforce? What are the barriers to smoothly delivering on goals and creating results? What are the gaps between these generations and how can we help to bridge them? We’ll raise the questions and work together to find the answers. Facilitated by Jenifer Bice.
10:30 a.m. — Tuesday, 16 June
Are failures really successes in disguise?
It’s happened to all of us. We develop a project, a proposal, a system and something falls short—be it in the approval process, the implementation or the execution. Somewhere along the way, it went wrong—or so it seems. Can it be that from everything that we consider a failure, we and the organization have grown and learned what we need to do to create success? And doesn’t that mean that these failures are really tests that lead to successes in the end? We’ll explore what it means to fail, to succeed and how we can learn from the process, not just the result. Facilitated by Nic Pearce.
9 a.m. — Wednesday, 17 June
Solving the problem of stimulus overload
There was a time when information overload seemed like a problem—but now it’s stimulus overload. It’s not just all the information we’re receiving, it’s the touchpoints at all places in our lives that leave us and our audience exhausted from everything that’s coming in. How can we channel our communication to be meaningful and truly beneficial to our audience? It starts by having a real understanding of our audience and how we can fit into their lives in a way that supports, rather than disrupts their lives. In this session, we’ll identify the problems and find solutions. Facilitated by Jane Mitchell.
Check out this special two-hour workshop — Critical Conversation: Top trends in business communication.