Silence of the Lanyards

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28 Aug 2014

Silence of the Lanyards

In the late 18th century, lanyards were first developed as a rope to fire cannons. Presto, the enemy was silenced. Today, in the 21st century lanyards are typically used as a colourful printed strap to hold a conference name tag, and usually paid for by a conference sponsor.

But being the resident EziTag rascal, I think we can merge the 18th and 21st centuries and have a conference lanyard utilising modern technology to deal with recalcitrant conference speakers.

Conference Speakers can wear an LED Lanyard and conference delegates be issued with remote control devices which when pressed activates one of the Speaker’s LED lights on the lanyard. Imagine a boring speaker presenting a Power Point screen with 500 words of illegible text and no graphics and simply reading the words. Press the remote and one of the lanyard’s LED lights up. Further speaker infringements and the remotes go viral, all the LED’s light up and the speaker’s microphone is shut off and power to the laptop’s power point presentation turned off.

Who needs post seminar surveys asking your opinion of the presentation when the audience has just silenced the speaker? Actions always speak louder than words.

Of course I can see one small problem. A high quality EziTag sublimation conference lanyard is usually easy for PCO’s to sell to sponsors, who love quality and a clear accurate presentation of their logo being proudly worn for 3 or 4 days by several thousand people. But to see their logo slowly illuminating a speaker’s embarrassment and turning off the microphones may require your sponsor to have a sense of humour.