December 30, 2009
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Shashi Bellamkonda. A prolific Twitterer, blogger, and product innovator, Shashi speaks seven languages and ardently works to turn his hobbies into his profession. He blogs at: blog.networksolutions.com and shashi.name. You can follow him on Twitter at: @shashib.
I was reading the article Idea Creation, Not Message Broadcast by Dean Roger Martin of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In the article the definition of the meetings are:
Broadcast: Folks come together to listen to a speaker(s) and then provide feedback or ask questions. There is no interaction among the audience.
Generative: Folks listen in the meeting and then interact with each other and through dialog create an extension or new ideas on the subject and there is a exchange of brilliance.
Read the complete article to get an idea of how Dean Roger Martin describes the meetings . Now the context I want to provide is the events you plan to attend in 2010. If they have a speaker and you attend and ask a few questions you definitely gained some knowledge from the speaker and had the opportunity to ask questions. On the other hand if you went to Bar camps, Podcamps or TECH cocktail you get a chance to listen to speakers, commune with fellow attendees and exhibitors and hopefully create new relationships and ideas.
I predict in 2010 Generative meetings and events will gain more prominence specially the grassroots events. What is your secrets to holding meetings? Share some success stories in the comments below.
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