Industry Ponders Technology, Economy and What Works
Another year, another meeting. A reality of the credit union industry is that it is chockablock with conferences, conventions, and more, from CUNA’s sprawling annual Washington Governmental Affairs Conference in late February through the California-Nevada Leagues’shindig on the West Coast toward year end.
But meetings today are different than they were even 10 years ago and, in a few years, they may be different still as technology, the economy, industry needs and more conspire to trigger changes in what works and what doesn’t.
In that vein, frequently industry talker John Moore, a onetime Starbucks executive, said that a trend he has witnessed is a shift toward what he called TED style talks, which he characterized as taking around 20 minutes with a focus on a big takeaway idea or two. “Many conferences are bringing in more speakers to say less,” said Moore.
To attendees, that might seem in fact like more ideas in a conference–at least more big ideas– and it also makes for a much faster paced event. “The audience has to be prepared to be hit with a fire hose of big ideas,” said Moore..