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October 22, 2012 11:34 AM Subscribe
How can we help event attendees show their expertise?
posted by cranberry_nut to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I once attended a conference at which, after registering and obtaining a name badge, an attendee could visit a table of buttons/pins and attach them to the badge/badge-holder to demonstrate expertise. There was a button for "lawyer", one for a particular industry certification, and so on and so forth. You'd see people walking around covered in these buttons and discussing their experience with each topic.
Now I help to run conferences in a different industry, and I mentioned this to my boss as we were brainstorming ways for attendees to better understand the skills in the room and kick-start information sharing. He loved it, but he wants more examples/ideas to compare.
So, MeFites: have you ever used/seen a strategy like this? And on the more practical side, do you think pins/buttons are best or would stickers or color-coded ribbons for some reason be better? (Feel free to also provide any thoughts on obtaining all of these buttons/pins/whatevers.)
[Note: conferences will be in the US/UK and will be attended by executive-level folks in the IT branches of large companies with no specific industry focus.]