Covering the latest trends in Mobility, Cloud, Security and Open Source, I just wrapped three Tech Conferences in three weeks.
There were rows and rows of vendor booths, days filled with sessions and workshops – I led a session on “Negotiations,” for example – from which participants could learn and get information.
Learning doesn’t have to be boring. Any topic can be made interesting and engaging. As someone confided in me after my particularly boisterous and lively – by design – session ended,
“People come to conferences hoping to have fun!”
And that’s what stood out to me the most. In spite of all the high-tech talk, the real value sprang from gathering people together with other like-minded people.
One evening, I attended a dinner with a variety of interesting people including some top IT educators from CompTIA, Skillsoft and Netcom. The dinner organizer, Teresa, put together lists of fun and funny questions to move our conversations away from strictly business, to the more human side of life. It was a blast.
At one of the other conferences, the organizers rented out Wrigley Field, the historic home of the Chicago Cubs as well as the long-clinging hopes since 1908 for another World Series win.
We met Hall of Famer Billy Williams, had our picture taken with Cubs mascot, Clark, walked around on the actual outfield, and even could have a turn at bat. I took advantage of each of these opportunities, laughing and joking with my fellow conference goers as we stood in line. When it was my turn, I promise I really connected with the ball. Okay, it was a foul fly, but for me that counted!
My ball-bat connection wasn’t the only one that counted. I connected with some very terrific people doing some great work. Great conversations forge friendships that can lead to business opportunities. Look for me to begin to roll-out some communications training courses on-line soon through a partnership with a tech-educator I met.
As I always say,
“Great communications equals great relationships.”
People connecting with other people. As my three conferences demonstrated, face to face still trumps Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope, you name your social media tool of choice. They may start virtually, but at some point, most communications, like relationships, will need to be solidified in person.
Be it at a meeting or a conference or whatever. We still like the human touch. Thank goodness!
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