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Long ago we had meetings around a campfire. A small group of people in a circle, listening to stories, debating, conversing, learning from each other.
Much later, in more recent ages, only the rich and powerful could talk to larger groups, armies and other audiences.
And even more recently, thanks to sound equipment, we all can afford to address a public, larger than the campfire crowd.
Freud has lost some of his influence in the psychiatrist’s office. Psychoanalysis, the technique of probing long and deep into the mind of a patient is not used as much as in the 20th century. It used to be the system of interpretation and therapeutic treatment of psychological disorders. These days new techniques like Cognitive therapy have replaced the old one. Patients now hear they have to stop complaining and start running, or do other physical activities.
The Paragon Partnership is a group of travel management organisations including NBTA and many other international and regional organisations. The Paragon Partnership held it’s first European conference in Paris this summer and I had the privilege to speak there with Dr. Elling Hamso in a combined closing general session. He introduced ROI, I presented meeting Architecture and Elling closed off with some purchasing models. I was nervous, thinking that travel people have less of an interest in Meetings.
After a nice dinner in London last week, I’m not sure about the business model many restaurants have.
The meal was perfect and most ingredients were present to have a great dinner, but the one or two thing I feel should change to increase the dinner’s effectiveness.
The three right ingredients were a Conversation topic, a Light meal and a Private space.