8 Unique Ways to Encourage Conversation at Meetings

More planners are providing networking and community-building opportunities for attendees to make the most of their face-to-face time.

By Alesandra Dubin May 28, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for PTTOW

Smart conference organizers don't just leave the networking and community building at their events to chance encounters among attendees. Instead, planners are facilitating one-on-one connections and communication by creating niche environments within the scope of a larger event or offering innovative ways to interact off site.

From shared picnic baskets to fortune cookies stuffed with conversation topics, here’s how conferences like TED, PTTOW, Cisco Live, and the Engage summit encouraged attendees to make the most of face-to-face gatherings.

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