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attendees to provide feedback on the event. On the day we had about 35 delegates and 13 completed the feedback survey. Here is what the delegates had to say.
Did you find the L&D Connect Unconference a useful experience? Out of the 13 responses, 100% said yes. We asked respondents to explain why they found the event useful. This is what they said. • • • • • A totally new experience for me and absolutely fantastic to meet and work with people in similar roles. I'm in a standalone role so it's good to chat to others! Caught up with friends, met new people Great way to connect a community around conversation that matters. Great to see a different type of learning event format work so well. Great networking and challenging conversation
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Time to think, time with other people, great support and ideas It provided an opportunity to discuss new ideas and increase awareness of learning and development methods A great opportunity to connect with like minded people Great to have time with other L & D professionals and to get fresh persepctives The warmth and enthusiasm were refreshing, stimulated lots of thoughts for me. Being employed can result in a blinkered view of L&D -it's good to meet those in a similar position with other institutions and good to meet independents to get a balanced view. Also, I had not previously used twitter, at all. As a result of attending I have been in for a peek and can see some merit in taking part - don't rush me but it has created an interest! The open format enabled some great information flow and connections to be made.
What can we do to improve the event? • I was unsure how the streaming worked, and although I really liked the premise and subsequent discussions I thought the setting up on LinkedIn and discussions on there prior to the event were actually more streamlined and understandable. Would it be more straightforward to take ideas on there prior to the event, then take 'votes' or thoughts on them and run these as sessions rather than taking ideas on the day? I just found it a bit confusing, but that might have been me! Try and gently move towards more action based stuff. The event was v theoretical, navel gazing type stuff More of the same! Familiarity with each other will come with time but will improve the experience. Also, need to ensure the community stays diverse and not cliquey. I enjoyed it all and can't think of any improvements at present Some sort of opening activity to (hate to say it) break the ice. The first session felt very open ended and whilst there were questions and good debate I didn't feel like we resolved/answered them, so we could have had a little more push towards "agreeing or deciding" on some stuff. And perhaps there could have been more
challenge introduced (everyone was so nice) • • • • Make the list of attendees available Perhaps discuss fewer topics in more depth Opportunity to share contact details - maybe people can opt into a communications" list that is then circulated after Thought the structure and sessions were very good. If we wanted to pick up on some current themes maybe some pre-reading or thinking could make sessions even more productive. Could be helpful (if everyone agreed) to have contact information with emails and Twitter addresses. I've had to do some searching to find people. Honest, I wouldn't change anything. Just hope it remains fresh and keeps changing; would like to build in learning from this to the next. I think we can emphasise the law of two feet even more and be more encouraging of people moving mid discussion. I'd like to see some bringing in of our own work - show and tell. Even running some exercises or something. Be good to have a 'doing and learning from each other' track. Probably more about what I could do to improve my experience! I am not the best 'note taker' but think I would benefit from looking at how I can capture better the key points for the day - I did notice Mike Collins using his ipad for note taking so will probably copy that idea next time. A little longer perhaps? Went so quickly!
Based on your experience of the event, would you be interested in attending further L&D Connect Unconferences? Out of the 13 respondents, 100% said yes. Any other reflections you would like to share? • • • A great event, thanks so much for organising it. I learnt a lot Pay it forward worked nicely, I'm biased of course! To attract more internal L&D attendees more promo work may need to be done on outcomes & benefits to avoid it being seen as "nice to have".
It was a great first event, and hopefully there will be plenty more in the future. The use of social media was brilliant and it will be great if that continues to be a central theme Simply brilliant. I found it somewhat disconcerting when people were on their laptops during discussions. Refreshing event in the sector of stale other events It was juts very resfreshing to meet with peers and not be "talked at" or "sold to". I love the way the blogs, storify etc have built the story. I think it was an important event; I hope it never becomes commercial and the freshness remains. I liked that it was just half a day. I liked the book give away. Whilst I did take away some ideas and new thoughts, it was also good to know that others share many of my own issues and challenges - I am not alone! Loved the enthusiasm and energy exhibited by so many L&D people on the day and the great follow on conversations via social media.
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Would you like to be involved in hosting/organising future events? Of the 13 respondents, eight said yes, three said no and two skipped the question.