The Code of Conduct Conundrum

“When we see a Code of Conduct the understanding is that those rules will be enforced. In our minds, saying “Code of Conduct” is the same as saying “Enforced Code of Conduct.” If you have that policy in place, and you do not enforce it, then you put your entire organization at risk.“

The Code of Conduct Conundrum


This is a great read. All events should have a Code of Conduct. Period. Conference Organizers have a responsibility to protect their attendees, speakers, volunteers, and staff. A Code of Conduct can’t/won’t stop bad people from doing bad things, but it sets a baseline for acceptable behavior. (Just because people should act appropriately in a professional setting, doesn’t mean they will.) Organizers need to take enforcement seriously as well. Bad behavior shouldn’t be encouraged or tolerated.

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Year in Review: RefreshAugusta

2013 was a big year for RefreshAugusta. Our meetup group grew to 111 members. We grew to 773 followers on Twitter. We held a total of 9 meetups in 2013: Two lunches, one workshop, and six educational/informative evening events. We even made a one-day web conference happen here in Augusta! February – Outsmart Yourself: Failure,… Continue reading Year in Review: RefreshAugusta

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Part 6. Final Lessons Learned

Use email effectively — We could’ve used email better. Reaching out to past attendees should’ve happened earlier on. We could’ve reached out to attendees earlier as well, and enlisted their help in advertising the event. Email user groups. Email businesses. Create things that can be easily shared by user group organizers. Delegate — Don’t try… Continue reading Part 6. Final Lessons Learned

Part 5. Conference Day

Nothing will prepare you for the day of the event, especially if you’ve only organized local meetups. Having a team you can depend on is essential for your event to be successful. You’ll need a game plan. You’ll also need to accept that you won’t think of everything. You will make mistakes. Roll with it.… Continue reading Part 5. Conference Day

Part 4. Pricing Your Event

Do you charge for your event or do you make it free? Calculate any hard costs you have: Travel, Accommodations, Venue, Catering, etc. to determine the approximate cost of your event. Sample Event Budget Travel $1500 Accommodations $2500 Venue $2500 Catering $1000 Other Expenses* $1000 Total $8500 * Other Expenses might include paying a photographer,… Continue reading Part 4. Pricing Your Event

Part 1: Thoughts from a first-time conference organizer

This is the first part of many. I started writing this back in May, right after Web Afternoon Augusta. I’ve been to a number of conferences as an attendee, volunteer/staff and once as a co-organizer of sorts… but this was the first time I really tried to pull a conference together as a lead organizer.… Continue reading Part 1: Thoughts from a first-time conference organizer