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Tying together classes.... [Mar. 26th, 2008|10:38 am]
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This past weekend margoeve and I presented at Dark Odyssey: Winter Fire. Our class was "Effective Flirting", a class geared to providing people with the fundamentals behind flirting techniques in such a way that they can could develop their own style of flirting.

Other classes offered at the event were "How to influence kinksters and win playdates" and "Why can't I meet someone?" two other classes that were along the vein of improving social interaction between people in the scene.

The thing that struck me about these classes is that they are all in a similar vein, but with different focuses. Often I have seen tracks of classes offered by a single presenter. Or topics in the same family, but disparate enough that there isn't really a lot of overlap.

What I really wanted to do was to have a caucus with the other presenters and talk about what our respective classes would be covering. To try to work on developing hooks or tie ins between the classes so we could build on each other. Also, to ensure that we were going to give the maximum bang for the attendees buck.

There are few things more frustrating (to me) than going to two different classes on similar topics and have the material be 90% the same. While the 10% that is different is useful, I always leave with the sense that the presenters could have gotten more into the class if they weren't repeating what the other person had said. Some repetition is good. Some material should be repeated as many times as possible to make sure it gets out there (safety information).

So, what I want to know from you is:
* If you were contacted by another presenter at an event you were both presenting at who wanted to coordinate classes, would you be willing to do that?

* What level of detail do you think is appropriate to share during coordination? Outlines? Personal notes?

* How would you look to divide up duplicate topics?

* For those of you that also solicit presenters, would you want presenters to tie their classes together?

* What do you see as some obstacles to making this work effectively?

* What advantages or disadvantages do you see?
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[User Picture]From: brat_sheba
2008-03-26 08:30 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't get to a class this weekend.

* If you were contacted by another presenter at an event you were both presenting at who wanted to coordinate classes, would you be willing to do that?

Yes

* What level of detail do you think is appropriate to share during coordination? Outlines? Personal notes?

Outlines and General Overview at first to find out if the focus is similar.

* How would you look to divide up duplicate topics?

I wouldn't necessarily divide them up... especially if they were coming from different points of view, ie...Tops prospective vs Bottoms. If they were from the same prospective then I would look to focus the classes at various experience levels. I guess if the duplication was that blatant then I would look to work with the other presenter so that we both felt that our most valuable parts of our classes were not lost.

* For those of you that also solicit presenters, would you want presenters to tie their classes together?

We try really hard to make sure that we don't ever have duplicate classes for one of our events. If we did run into that issue, then yes, I would even go so far as to facilitate the discussion.

* What do you see as some obstacles to making this work effectively?

I think the biggest obstacles will be presenters egos...

* What advantages or disadvantages do you see?

Advantages...more focused classes, more communication between presenters, and more communication between event promoters and presenters.

Disadvantages...bruised egos (leading to more fractions in the community.
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