The reasons? Well, they don't work. They don't work because big events leave little room for iteration, for trial and error, for earning rapport. And the biggest reason: frequent cheap communication is easier than ever, and if you use it, you'll discover that the process creates far more gains than events ever can.
I wonder what the event community thinks of this. Are the points valid?
Are we in danger of a major downsizing that we do not see coming.
Are we acting like the recording industry, sticking our heads in the sand until it is too late.
We have all noticed the downturn in our own industry events, the Motivation Show is down in attendance, MPI events are less attended.
Are the reasons that they are obsolete? Do meeting and event planners head to the web when they are looking for new destinations for their clients?
Are we avoiding the inevitable?