The conference itself is designed to be a place where people can share ideas, but there is a limit to how much one can talk about a single topic.
I have seen many conferences that start off with a lot of talking but then fall apart as people talk for too long.
When I attended a conference about the importance of learning how to be an educator, I was not able to attend the conference at all.
Instead, I spent the first half of the conference trying to figure out how to teach in a way that was not going to make me miserable, and the second half trying to learn how to make my voice heard.
The conference was great, but I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the topics discussed, and it was clear that some of the most important issues facing our world were being discussed.
To make matters worse, the conference was being held in a room that looked like it had been converted into a convention center.
While there were plenty of resources available to help attendees navigate the conference, there was a disconnect in how the conference had been structured.
As the conference moved to its second half, I found myself constantly feeling as if I was being lectured on a topic that was neither relevant nor interesting to the audience.
And when the conference ended, I had to ask myself why?
I wanted to learn more about the issues I was addressing, and that was something that many of the attendees were doing for the first time.
I decided that I would not attend any more conferences in the near future, and after attending two more conferences, I decided I needed to do something about the way conferences were being held.
What I learned is that there are many ways to prevent conferences from becoming a disaster.
First, conferences should have a central office, so people who do not have a strong conference presence can find someone to handle the work.
Second, conferences need to be open, and there needs to be more transparency around how they are structured.
Finally, conferences must have a process for identifying problems and addressing them.
There is nothing wrong with conferences being held, but we need to start making sure that we are working with our organizers to improve the conference experience and to reduce the likelihood of the conferences taking a dramatic turn for the worse.