Podcast: Out-of-the-Box Conference Ideas From the Canadian West (Episode 183)

The producers of the annual Go West event-industry conference in Edmonton, Canada, discuss why the event stands out in a crowded market.

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Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik
Guests: Brent Taylor and Arlene Schilke, Timewise Event Management and Go West

In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and editor in chief Beth Kormanik hear from Brent Taylor and Arlene Schilke, presidents of Timewise Event Management and executive producers of Go West. The pair takes us behind the scenes at the annual Go West event-industry conference in Edmonton, Canada, sharing what they've learned over the last three years, strategic choices made for breakout rooms and stage design, and why they don't use an emcee. The group also chats about elevated conference catering, why Western Canada is appealing to event planners, how industry events have changed for the better, and more.

Running time: 29:22.


Show Notes

Roundtable Discussion: how they know an education session has been successful; why they vary seating options during the conference; why they added a closing reception; plans for Go West 2021; the next era of innovation in conference planning

Further Reading:
Learn more about Go West https://gowestlive.com

3 New Ideas for Entertaining in Edmonton https://bit.ly/31uGEbR

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