The day as standard unit of time for events

Why is the day the standard unit of time for so many workshops, trainings and conferences. I think it’s worth questioning.

I often find on training that you can have a really engaging morning but the afternoon turns out to be exhausting. We got on a roll but then pushed too far. I quite like doing smaller, half-day chunks with space between for reflection. Maybe even shorter chunks.

At the other end, events are often transformed by being overnight. Everyone immediately worries about the costs of accommodation – but I feel there are huge rewards for having a group recreate together, sleep reflect and re-examine stuff in the morning.

Bonus link: Roland’s sparky post about boring conferences.

2 thoughts on “The day as standard unit of time for events

  1. Chris Corrigan

    I once went to a 18 person conference in Tucson with a number of academics. We had a two hour conversation in the morning from 10-12 and then a two hour conversation in the afternoon from 330-530 followed by some drinks and dinner and hanging out. It was the best run conference I’ve every participated in. Learned a lot and, even 8 years later, remember it well.

  2. Ron Rosenhead

    Great article thanks. It coincides with a Blog written this week called Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobile (

    Your article seems to say yes, face to face however not simply 1 day but a day +; the plus could be one to one coaching, webinars, reading, homework, plus a process of bringing all of the learning back into the workplace such as another very short and directed workshop.

    Good post and thanks


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