5 Tips For Engaging Conference Events

We’ve witnessed thousands of conferences over the years, and there’s nothing worse than watching attendees check out early as a result of utter boredom. Follow these 5 tips for engaging conference events to ensure your next one is an engaging and memorable experience for your attendees.

1. Choose an interesting venue

Nothing sets the tone more for an event than the venue. For Sydney conferences, waterfront venues or venues with a view are the most inspiring choices. The location of the venue is important as well. Consider the travel distance for your target attendees, transport links and whether the location is close to other attractions for post-conference activities.

5 Tips For Engaging Conference Events

2. Promote Networking

Facilitate networking among your attendees by investing in interactive programs and workshops for your event. Be Challenged is our preferred supplier of interactive team building events. Their programs like Breaking Down Barriers and Purely Having Fun are effective in promoting interaction and keeping your attendees switched on. Other ideas like including a cocktail hour after the event or discussion breaks between speakers are also effective in promoting networking.

3. Take Breaks

Having your attendees sit still and listen for too long can lead them to become bored and irritable. Ask your speakers to plan their presentations into 10 – 15-minute chunks. In between speakers, break up your conference with refreshments, entertainment and networking breaks.

5 Tips For Engaging Conference Events

4. Inspire With Originality

Build excitement and get people talking by including something fun or cool. Captivating décor, a unique theme, food stations and music can significantly boost energy and engagement among your attendees. Also ensure the presentation content is highly visual and your keynote speakers are spaced out.

5. Treat attendees to Inspiring Food & Drink

Offer food and drink options that entice and recharge. It gives your attendees something to discuss and an opportunity to mingle and meet. Avoid greasy and sugary foods that will leave your guests feeling drowsy. Healthy options like salads and energy foods will keep attendees alert and engergised.




Ideal for meetings, dining and mingling with elevated harbour views. Breakout meeting space over two levels. Capacity for 60 pax banquet / 80 theatre / 80 cocktail.

5 Tips For Engaging Conference Events



A contemporary waterfront venue with state of the art Audio Visual (AV), lighting and staging infrastructure. Capacity for up to 1000 guests.

5 Tips For Engaging Conference Events



Boasting five meeting rooms with several configuration possibilities. Capacity of 10 in a boardroom to 200 theatre style.

5 Tips For Engaging Conference Events



Indoor/outdoor space that opens onto a stunning waterside promenade overlooking Pyrmont Bay & Harbour Bridge. Capacity for 800 seated guests.

5 Tips For Engaging Conference Events



Perfect for meetings, product launches, conferences and cocktail parties with a New York inspired interior. Capacity for 100 guests seated / 200 cocktail.

5 Tips For Engaging Conference Events



The Ballroom boasts a convenient CBD location with uninterrupted views of Sydney’s iconic Hyde Park. Capacity for 500 seated guests.

5 Tips For Engaging Conference Events

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