Whether it’s talking to our phones or to our glasses, new technology always seems a little odd at first. As a kid, I’d have thought we would look like the Jetsons if you told me vacuums and cars would drive themselves in my future. Every social media rollout or new gadget that can really be called innovative has push back from the public, adapts and becomes rapidly accepted before we know it.
Meetings technology expert and educator Jim Spellos reminded me of that this week as we discussed how Google Glass is going to revolutionize the meetings industry during an interview for upcoming issues of our magazines. His response? It’s not. “Glass might not be a huge success,” Spellos says. “But whatever its successor is, is going to get a lot of benefits from what Google Glass experiences—good and bad.”
Entrepreneurs constantly say if you want to come up with the next big idea, you have to be willing to fail first. We don’t all have the luxury of a billion dollar company like Google backing our cutting-edge ideas, but creating a culture of experimentation at your events is key to moving forward.
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Spellos says the rate of change is only getting faster: “We’re not even ready for the onslaught that’s going to happen. There’s going to be push back, but there will be a lot of push forward, too. If people thought the speed of change was fast the last couple years, just wait.”
Are you ready? What experiments are you going to conduct at your events this year?
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