When our organization, the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (State College, PA), decided to move our 30th Annual Conference to an online event, we were so fortunate to be led by Craig Bowman and his team at Common Ground Consulting. They have revolutionized online conferences, allowing us to provide valuable training and networking sessions during a time when these opportunities are being postponed or cancelled.
After participating in a few of our planning meetings, Craig had a great feel for our conference layout, attendee needs, and our desire to maintain high-quality relationships with all presenters. Craig is so insightful with a broad range of national and international experience. Our conference sessions consisted of a perfect mix of pre-recorded videos, prepared by the presenters, followed immediately by a live question and answer segment. This arrangement provided more interaction and engagement between speakers and attendees than we could have ever planned with an in-person event. The Common Ground team also handled all technological needs including editing and preparing the presenter videos, setting up the conference web page, and being live with us during the entire conference to handle any issues. The “conference hub” on our website provided a one-stop page for all attendees to review session descriptions, speaker bio’s, resources, links to join, and evaluations.
Behind the scenes, I was so pleased and impressed with the preparation, communication, and assistance provided to the speakers and conference attendees. Craig and his team offered a very effective training for the presenters to provide guidance on recording their videos while making them feel comfortable with the session design. They were very receptive to the needs of our presenters and attendees, which was very important to us.
I enthusiastically recommend and encourage anyone planning an event or conference to reach out to Craig Bowman, at Common Ground Consulting. Craig and his team are professional, prepared, compassionate, progressive, and have a great understanding of how people learn online. This isn’t your ordinary virtual conference or webinar. This is so much better – engaging, effective, interactive, and very conducive to educating participants.
In addition to being incredibly professional, Craig and his team at Common Ground are truly wonderful, caring people. They listened to our needs, had great advice, and planned accordingly. It was such an honor to work with them and I look forward to collaborating again in the near future. reward to continuing our relationship with Common Ground Consulting and without hesitation will trust their guidance and direction in any future venture.