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  • Employees of Independent Conference & Event Management Companies


Chair and Chair Alike - How to ensure your Conference MC and Session Chairs are working effectively.

Monday 23rd September 2019 |  Time:   1:30 pm to 2:00 pm AEST

Webinar Overview

The success of a conference can often rest on your MC and Sessions Chairs. They are the ones who set the mood and energy in the conference room and who ensure everything inside the conference room runs smoothly and to time. So it is important that the people playing those roles (whether a professional MC or someone from the conference committee or on the client team) know what to do to make things run smoothly. It is also important that the MC, Session Chairs and Conference Organiser are all on the same page.

This Webinar will break down the roles of the MC and Chair, outline what each needs to do and how the whole team can work together smoothly. The session will also provide the conference organisers with a simple guide on how to liaise with the various people playing those roles.

What will people gain from joining this webinar?

  • What are the specific roles of the MC and Session Chairs
  • What can the Conference Organiser do to help them prepare for these roles?
  • Some tips to pass on to the Conference MC and Chair (how to open and close a session, how to introduce presenters, time-keeping, handling Q and A and technology tips)

About the Presenter – Andrew Klein

Andrew is one of Australia’s leading and most respected Professional Conference MCs and a Pitching & Presentation Skills speaker, trainer and writer, working on conferences around the Asia-Pacific region as well as the US and South Africa.

A former corporate lawyer, Andrew quit the law in the late 90’s before starting up his own business as a corporate trainer and speaker and has spent a large part of the last 20 years inside a conference room.

Having spent countless hours MC’ing and Chairing conferences, Andrew knows first hand what is required to perform these roles to the highest level and will be sharing his experiences and delivering tips in this Webinar.

PCOA members have complimentary access to the recordings of all webinars via the members section of the website.