What are “house conferences”?
A house conference is your opportunity to host a mini-conference or group training session in the comfort of your own home (or office, annexe, conservatory, garden…)
Over the last few years, many of my musician friends have taken to performing small ‘intimate’ gigs in people’s homes and other private venues: this is the same kind of deal, but I won’t be bringing a guitar.
The best thing about house conferences are the great levels of interaction that you get in a less formal, more relaxed environment. When people are in those kind of environments, they learn better, and remember more. It’s a great experience. I love getting to know people, and this kind of format suits that better than something more impersonal.
How does it work?
When you book a “house conference”, you’re in charge. It’s up to you what kind of conference you want, where you want to host it, and how many people you want to invite. You might have a tent in your garden which sits a load of people, or you might have enough space in your front room to seat a dozen. You might feel really happy to have people there that you don’t know, or you might just want to do a private event for close friends. There are lots of options.
The bottom line is, you provide the venue & refreshments, choose the type of content, and invite the guests.
Then, in liaison with you, I provide the content.
There is money involved, but it depends on what you want me to do, so get in touch to discuss what you’re thinking about. Your guests (conference delegates) come on the basis that they are going to make a donation of a certain amount, which they do in advance.
These kind of events work in offices, patios, church halls, living rooms, back gardens & any other space that you can imagine. They are successful because they are small – and because the people who come along already have a relationship with you, the organiser. The style of the event is different to the kind of training which you might have experienced elsewhere too – it’s friendly & personal, with lots of room and space for discussion and interaction.
Depending on the sort of event you’re interested in, it could happen in the evening, on a weekend, or during a work-day. It is up to you.
What if I want to host a bigger event?
So you can access space in a larger building, and you’d like to host something on a bigger scale? That’s fine too. It will be a different kind of event, one designed for a larger group of people, these kind of things are usually a bit less personal – it’s hard to get to know everyone when there’s over a hundred people in the room. But that’s fine, we can deliver great sessions with those numbers too.
What is the format?
This will depend somewhat on the kind of conference/training you’ve booked. If it’s a short, evening session on meditation for instance, you’d expect a couple of training periods, with a break in the middle for refreshments. If it’s a day long session we’d break it up with presentations, group discussions, food, practical exercises (where appropriate) and perhaps even a walk, allowing us to engage in topical training in a few different ways.
Is it complicated to plan?
If you’ve ever arranged a party or even just invited a bunch of people around for a meal, you probably already have the skills you need to set up a house conference. I’ll work with you to ensure you’ve got everything you need, and I’ll provide a checklist of requirements, that correspond with the kind of event you’re planning.
Ok then, so how do we do this?
If you would like to host a house conference, then get in touch and lets have a chat, it wont take long to get the ball rolling.