Typically, any attendee can add a session to their Personal Agenda without restriction. Attendance Management is an optional facet of Agenda sessions that lets you create limited capacity or closed sessions. If you set a specific capacity limit for a session, attendees can add the session to their Personal Agenda until the session reaches its limit. If you set a session to Closed, You must set up Preset Agendas so that only attendees you add to the session can have it in their Personal Agenda.

Screenshot of an attendee's My Agenda page on the Web App.

Let's explore how Attendance Management works. 🔍

⚠️ Caution, Attendance Management isn't a session check-in system, and it doesn't hide sessions from participants. It simply lets you limit which attendees can have certain sessions on their Personal Agenda. If you want certain sessions to only be visible to certain people, consider using Tracks.

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Activate Attendance Management

When editing a new Agenda session, click the Attendance Management section to expand it. The default Attendance Management setting is 'Open' so that anyone can add the session to their Personal Agenda.

Screenshot of the Attendance Management section of an Agenda session.

Click the Status drop-down and select either Closed or Limited Capacity, then check the Customize the denial message box if you want to edit the default denial message. This message appears when an attendee tries to add the session to their Personal Agenda and the session is full or if they're not in the participant list.

Two screenshots showing the Sessions Full and Session Closed messages.
  • Closed means that only attendees you add to the session can have that session in their Personal Agenda.

  • Limited Capacity means that any attendee can add the session to their Personal Agenda until the session reaches the Maximum Capacity. Attendees can see session capacity in the Day view and the expanded session view.

If you selected 'Limited Capacity', enter a number for the session attendance capacity in the 'Maximum Attendance' field. Attendees will see the current and maximum capacity listed below the session title. Until a session reaches capacity, any attendee can add the session to their Personal Agenda.

Screenshot of a session listed in the Web App. The current and maximum attendance numbers are indicated.

⭐ Keep in mind, if you uncheck the 'Show participants list' box in the Agenda feature's settings, the participant count won't appear.

If you selected 'Closed', only attendees you add to the Participant List will see the session in their Personal Agenda. All attendees can still see the session and join the live stream (if any) unless you restrict visibility using Tracks and Groups.

Finish any other edits to the Agenda session, then click Save Changes.

If you simply set a limit on the session's capacity, you're all done! Bye. 👋

If you set the session to Closed to limit it to only specific people, keep reading to learn how to add Session Participants. 📖

Add Session Participants

Before you get started, make sure there are attendees in your event! This won't work without them. 🤷

When you set a session to 'Closed', it can only appear in attendees' Personal Agendas if you add it. You can do this using one of three methods. The one you choose depends on your needs, so here's a quick overview of each:

⭐️ Keep in mind, attendees can remove themselves from sessions you add them to,

Now let's explore each of these options in detail. 🔍

Import Preset Agendas

The fastest way to add many sessions to many Personal Agendas is via import. To import Preset Agendas, go to the Users & Groups page and click the Preset Agendas tab. In the modal that appears, click the Download button to download the import template.

Screenshot of the process just described.

After a few moments, you'll see a notification that the template is ready to download. Click the Click here to download link to download the .xlsx file. If you missed the notification pop-up, simply click the notification bell icon next to your user profile in the top right corner of the screen to find it again.

Screenshot of the

Add the session information for each attendee to the template. Refer to the Instructions sheet in the file to learn how to assign sessions on the Preset Agendas sheet, and check out our Import Feature Content article for detailed instructions on using import templates.

Return to the Import Preset Agenda modal and upload the file. All attendees with Preset Agendas will see the Closed sessions when they visit the My Agenda page. 🙌

Add attendees to a single session manually

On the Edit Agenda page, simply click the Settings (⚙️) icon next to the session, and click Session Participants.

⭐ Keep in mind, if the session is open or limited, you can also use the Session Participants modal to see which attendees have added the session to their Personal Agenda.

Screenshot of the Settings menu for a session expanded. The Session Participants option is indicated.

In the modal that appears, click the Add Attendees button. This opens the Add Attendees modal where you can search for attendees by name. Click on an attendee's name in the search results to add them to the session, then click Add Attendees when you're done.

Screenshot of the Session Participants modal and the Add Attendees modal.

Add one or multiple sessions for one attendee manually

If you need to add one person to the Participant Lists for several sessions at once, you can do so very quickly from an attendee profile.

Go to the Users & Groups page, find the attendee whose agenda you want to add sessions to by searching their name or scrolling through the list, and click on their name to view their profile.

Screenshot of the User and Groups page and finding an attendee via search.

In the attendee's profile, click the Personal Agenda tab, then click Add Sessions. In the modal that appears, use the search field to locate sessions by name. As you search the session list, click each session you want to add, then click Add Session(s) when you're done.

Screenshot showing the process just described.

To remove sessions from an attendee's Personal Agenda tab, by click the Settings (⚙️) icon next to a session and clicking Remove from Personal Agenda.

Screenshot showing the Settings menu next to a session expanded.

Export or remove attendees from a Participant List

In the Session Participants modal for an Agenda session, the Current Attendees field shows the attendees that have added the session to their personal agenda or have been assigned to the session.

Click the Settings (⚙️) icon next to an attendee and click Remove from Session remove them from the session.

Screenshot showing the Settings menu next to a participant expanded.

To export the Session Participants list for the session, check the box at the top left corner of the list, then click the three-dot icon next to the search box, and click Export.

Screensho of the process just described.

After a few moments, you'll see a notification that the export is ready to download. Click the Click here to download link to download the .xlsx file. If you missed the notification pop-up, simply click the bell icon next to your user profile in the top right corner of the screen to find it again.

Screenshot of the export notification with the 'Click here to download' link

Now you know everything you need to rock Attendance Management and Preset Agendas! 🎸 Now that your attendees are ready to start interacting with your sessions, check out our guide to attendee moderation.

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