Last week I returned from the Imaging Network Conference in Tucson convinced once again there is no substitution for “face timing” with peers. Not FaceTime the app, I mean the original face time. Sitting down and meeting with your peers, bending an elbow together, sharing ideas and taking discussions where virtual is incapable of going..
With Xploration 14 three weeks away I did not have the time nor did I want to make the time to go. I decided to go anyway.
One Idea, One Contact and One Problem Solved
It would have not only been a personal mistake not going to Tucson but a loss for Xplor as well. My time in Tucson netted me one GREAT idea and a new contact for expanding one of our programs. I was also able to solve an ongoing problem and even had time for a bit of fun. Sounds like I was doing what I am paid to do. My job.
It is too early to tell but my $2000 “face timing” investment has great potential:
- The idea I came away with will generate $20-40k a year in revenue for the association
- The problem I solved should save $6-10k in direct expense per year
- My new contact for expanding online programming could significantly change Xplor’s online model.
The internet is great for doing research but it can only take you so far. Could I have been as successful online? No, I would not. My success in Tucson was about showing up. Face time.
Let’s not forget the bit of fun I had. Some ING attendees simply did a nature walk in the desert. Others a short cattle drive. I elected to do a bit of four wheeling in the desert. Had fun, relaxed and returned to the conference the next morning all in one piece, rested and content.
The Moral of the Story
Getting out of the office and participating in industry events is something you should make time for in order to do your job. It is empowering. When you do attend, have an objective. A problem to solve, someone you want to meet or just be intent on finding that one idea that will pay dividends.
If you want to empower yourself and enjoy some warm weather there is still time to register for Xploration 14, March 25-27 at the Wyndham Resort Hotel International Dr. Interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you a special discount code just for listening.
Hope to see you in Orlando.