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Why Professional Conferences Matter — 10 Comments

  1. Thanks for referencing my presentation Ben!
    I agree 100% that meeting people IRL (in real life) is an invaluable learning experience.
    What STC created was an amazing forum for like-minded experts to come together to learn and share!
    Congratulations!

    • Hi Hannah,
      I hope readers take the time to visit your website. You have a tremendous amount to offer and I’m looking forward to our collaboration.
      Ben

  2. Great post, Ben! Networking for the networks crowd…I love it! Great conference and great tweeting with you! Shannon Smith (@smithstorian) at EDUCAUSE

  3. I agree wholeheartedly Ben. I’ve attended numerous virtual conferences and while I got the information I was seeing, I didn’t make any connections with like minded people. It’s the in-between discussions with fellow conference attendees is where I get the most value.
    Thanks for the helpful advice for our security awareness program. I’m sure by next year, I’ll have some good stories to tell.

    RobM

    • Thanks Rob. It was an honor to be able to work with the group at the seminar. Cherry and I both found it refreshing and really enjoyed it. I look forward to your stories.
      Ben

  4. I just wanted to thank you for the post-conference session again and state that I for one found the SPC conference greatly encouraging and left with a new energy and enthusiasm for doing what can be rather dreary work at times. Hopefully next year I’ll be presenting on the great success of our efforts to stop our users from getting hooked by spam. Thanks again!

    • Thanks Derek. I was very pleased with the post-conference session. I look forward to hearing about your efforts next year and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.
      Ben

  5. My first conference was the STC Summit in Sacramento in May. I consider it one of the most educational and fun experiences of my life. I met some amazing people and I sincerely believe that it helped me land my dream job right out of college (I start Monday!). I believe that they are very important!