While there’s plenty of important content to get through during a conference, don’t fall into the trap of making the whole day about business. Back-to-back speeches and presentation will grow tiring, so break up the day by allocating parts of the schedule to the pursuit of fun. If the aim is to get everyone interacting and laughing, then something as simple as a dress-up box or silly hat stand can inspire people to loosen up and have some fun.
Keep everyone entertained
Injecting an element of surprise into your breakout sessions will spark the curiosity of your delegates and give them a mental break from the conference content. A notable guest, pop-up entertainer, surprise musical interlude or mural artist in action are all great circuit breakers that will stoke the creativity of attendees.
There’s no need to set a physical challenge when a simple, brief walk in nature prior to a session will do the job. The mood-boosting benefits of being exposed to sunlight, fresh air, greenery and birdsong will set up conference delegates for a productive afternoon. Studies have shown that spending time in greenspaces can lower blood pressure and boost mental health, so try a scavenger hunt, orienteering challenge, or barefoot games session on the lawn to give attendees a break in nature. Afterwards, you’ll be rewarded with engaged, lively delegates who will power through the afternoon conference session.