Jason has some interesting critiques of this year's ASAE conference on the Acronym blog. Some of these are so ubiquitous at other conferences as well that I think they're worth repeating here. Particularly this one:
I know it's hard to get speakers to customize their presentations to your audience, but please, please try to get them to do it. Too many canned speeches start to taste a bit like spam to this audience member, and I know I'm not alone.
Another point that Jason makes is that the format doesn't always fit the room set: At ASAE, all the "learning labs" were set in rounds, regardless of whether the session was a panel, a talking head, or a group discussion. And you never knew what format you were going to get, which, as he points out, could sway your choices (I'd have loved to have been in more interactive, less lecture-based sessions, myself). His suggestion:
But why do we need another lecture series when we already had, at ASAE anyway, the "thought leader" lectures? Let's make all the learning labs truly be learning labs, not add another round of talking heads to go with the general sessions and thought leaders. A little more interactivity would only have improved the education, IMHO.