I had my 2nd V-Club (forum for innovative thinkers) meeting on Monday at NZTA Boardroom. I enjoyed it a lot more than my first V-Club session few months back.
Last time, I invited about 50 people and around 30 showed up. There were a number of short presentations around Innovation. It took lot of organization and I was really stressed out.
This time, I invited only 20 people and 10 people came to the session. There was only one topic, "Innovation Opportunities around the iPhone".
I showed few random You-Tube clips of some current applications and got a conversation going to spark few ideas. It was very satisfying to see a conversation flowing amongst a bunch of people that hardly knew each other, and few great ideas emerged from the discussion. Fantastic !!!
We try to get as many people as possible for gatherings and events. We feel that for an event to be successful, we need a lot of people to turn up.
For my future events, I will invite as less people as possible ... as a organizer and facilitator, it's less stressful but hell of a lot more enjoyable and productive.
PS. 20 Nov 2008. Just learned useful tip from Tom Peters. That is ... "If you think you are going to attract only few people for your event, then hold your meeting in a phone booth. It's great to have only standing room and people struggling to get in the door". Great tip ... Thanks Tom.