When is a general session not a general session?

Ben at the Certified Association Executive wants to retire some tired old meetings terms and replace them with new ones. His suggestions:

    General Session >> BrainDump

    Panel Discussion >> Debate

    Roundtable >> BrainJam

    Convention >> Congress

    Symposium >> Summit

    Lecture >> Download

    Webinar >> Podcast

    Seminar >> Clinic

    eLearning >> Just bury it

But if we don't change what they mean, it doesn't matter what we call them. A general session will still be a general session, even if you call it a brain dump. Though I have to say, download is an excellent term for a lecture, and if panel discussions truly were debates, they'd be 100 percent more interesting.

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