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Meaningful Connections

Written by  KEVIN CUNNINGHAM, MS, CEM, CBCP Monday, 13 January 2014 22:19

It struck me last week as I was catching up over a burger in New York City with a colleague I met in San Diego. Nearly a month after the spectacularly successful 2013 DRJ Fall World conference and some 3,000 miles away, I was still experiencing the benefits of attending and actively participating in the conference. While attending the conference as a participant and speaker was of incredible value, I have found that industry events can be greatly improved with active participation from attendees. While it would be easy to simply receive a name badge and passively attend sessions for three to four days, the conference experience is easily enhanced with a little initiative and effort. As a natural introvert who is often uncomfortable in large groups, putting myself out there can sometimes be difficult. However, the incremental benefits gained by making the extra effort at conferences has far outweighed my