Podcast 197 — Shaking up the conference format

Learning and development conferences tend to follow a predictable format: an exhibition hall full of vendors, hour-long sessions from experts, and fringe events where people can socialise. The introduction of social distancing has disrupted that format, but might it also create an opportunity to try something different?

Written by Ross Garner
Published 02 June 2020
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Podcast 197 — Shaking up the conference format

This week on The Good Practice Podcast, Dr. Will Thalheimer and Matthew Richter, president of The Thiagi Group, join Ross Garner and Owen Ferguson to share details of the online-only 'L&D Conference'.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Some of the challenges associated with traditional conferences
  • The format and line-up of The L&D Conference

  • The benefits of this approach for speakers and attendees

Details of The L&D Conference are online at: learningdevelopmentconference.com

During the conversation, we discussed both evidence-informed practice and learning styles. For more on these topics, see our episodes:


In What I Learned This Week, Owen discussed the opportunities that Transistor FM offers for private podcasts. Find out more at: transistor.fm 

Will shared a quote from journalist Jack Newfield, who did indeed die in 2004. You can find out more about Newfield, and the quote, at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Newfield

Dr Will Thalheimer

Dr Will Thalheimer

President, Work-Learning Research Inc.

Will does research-based consulting focused on learning evaluation in workplace learning. Founder of The Debunker Club, author of the award-winning book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets, and creator of LTEM, the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model, Will tweets and blogs and consults at Work-Learning Research, where he also publishes extensive research-to-practice reports.
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Matthew Richter

Matthew Richter

President, The Thiagi Group

Matthew is a facilitator, game designer, instructional designer, and management consultant who has worked with a number of high profile organizations. He is an expert in the areas of management, leadership, and performance technology, specializing in employee motivation. He has also been presenting at national conferences like ASTD, Training, ISPI, NASAGA, and many others for over a decade. In 2006 Matthew was the ISPI National Conference Chair.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience, Emerald Works

Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.
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Owen Ferguson

Owen Ferguson

Product and Technology Director, Emerald Works

A self-confessed nerd, Owen is passionate about taking an evidence-led approach to developing digital products that solve real-world problems. He is also a regular on our weekly podcast.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the Good Practice Podcast.

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