- "Open Mic Night" – this idea came from one of my colleagues, Mike Prouty.
- Questions, Answers and Discussions – this came up on the spot at the event
As simple as it sounds, one the key objectives of our group is fostering knowledge sharing. I feel like both of these accomplished that, and it worked out well enough that the audience was engaged and participated in the discussions.
Open Mic Night – this idea is all about giving members an opportunity to get into the spotlight and share a project that they're working on. The topic had to be on something related to Internet Marketing (SEO, SEM, Web Analytics, UX, etc.). Each participant had 10 minutes to talk about their project, with a few Q&A at the end.
Questions, Answers and Discussions – to fill the gap where if nobody was brave enough to take the stage, I asked whether anyone had any questions about their website or anything related to Internet Marketing. Immediately, a few hands shot up and the questions and answers got into motion.
At The Ottawa Web Marketing group (free event), we take privilege to those who volunteer their time and assemble a presentation and share it with the group. We hope to continue down this path, and that our group continues its growth into 2013. If you're an avid or enthusiastic marketer, I invite you out to our next event to check us out! Come join the fun!
Has this situation ever happen you? What have you done to keep your event live and entertaining?