Why Attend a Criterion Conference?

Aug 15
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In any given industry, there can be a huge number and variety of conferences being run at any given time. What factors should you take into account when choosing the right one for you? Why should you commit to two or three days out of the office? Why should your employer invest in what you will learn there?

1. Our conferences are niche

An event that tries to be all things to all people within an industry usually fails to address anyone’s concerns effectively. Our conferences focus on specific topics rather than taking a broad, industry wide approach. You won’t find large, expo-style trade shows full of sales stands – we prefer a more personal setting where you have the opportunity for authentic interaction with industry leaders.

“This was an excellent conference based on real
problems and their solutions. The presenters all
gave practical examples that made sense. A great
learning experience.” 
– Terry Beitz, Glentworth 

2. We focus on the ‘now’ factor

How many times have you seen a conference advertised as the ‘18th annual event’? How much has the agenda really changed over that time? Do you really want to hear the same conversation that was held 18 years ago? We focus on pressing topics that matter now, with speakers who have first-hand experience and case studies of the latest industry updates.

“It was great to have the time and space to discuss real contemporary
procurement issues with the real decision makers and organisational
– Joel Hillier, Queensland Government

3. Content drives our events

Our research team shapes our conference agendas with the input of multiple resources. Industry leaders, government departments, independent service providers and, of course, our speakers all influence our conference topics. We draw expertise from both the public and private sector, from around Australia and at an international level to create agendas with our delegates in mind – not our sponsors. 

Thought provoking, energising, immediately relevant, and above all
a learning experience. The quality of the speakers brings credibility to
the topics and provides insights to the higher education environment
essential to understanding our roles in the sector.”
– Dermot O’Sullivan, University of Melbourne

4. Network with delegates and speakers

We incorporate time for questions throughout our conferences, allowing you to interact with speakers and contribute to discussion panels. We also place an emphasis on dedicated networking time, encouraging delegates to meet their industry colleagues from around Australia to discuss key challenges and share solutions.

“It’s great to leave a conference with a head full of ideas, and with a
collection of business cards to use to follow up on those ideas. Great
presentations and great networking combine to form and excellent
forum for learning and sharing.” 
– Michael Freeman, Greater Shepparton City Council

5. In-depth workshops

For a more detailed exploration of the most demanding issues, complete your conference package with our supplementary workshops. These sessions offer practical advice and comprehensive case studies in smaller, more personal groups. Our workshops are designed to give you the ‘how to’ so you can return to the office with a ready-to-implement strategy.

“The workshop on the day after the Conference was the most enlightening.
The presenter gave us insight, clear and concise messages and tools.”

– Paula Taylor, Southern Districts Support Organisation

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Submitted by Criterion Conferences

Criterion Conferences

Based in Sydney, we are an independent research organisation, producing over 90 conferences a year across a variety of industries. Our focus is on providing innovative, value adding content via our conferences and this blog is an extension of that principle.

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