Monday, July 17, 2017

Why I Go to Conferences--And Why You Should, Too

I’m kind of a conference junkie.

Given unlimited time (oh, and money), I’d be hopping planes and checking into hotels all over the world. Why? I mean, I’m getting a bit long in the tooth for all this time change/jet lag/bag hauling stuff, so why even bother?

Read books on the same topics, you might counter. There’s a ton of info on the Internet. Oh, yes.

Well, I do those things, too. Because like Kipling’s “The Elephant’s Child”, I am full of “ ‘satiable curiosity” and Must. Keep. Learning.

I’ve written before about my extensive library, but a conference does more than provide information.

At my most recent conference this past weekend, I attended sessions on topics I didn’t even know existed. How am I supposed to look that up? The session on CPTED introduced me to a topic I was unaware existed. And it gave me a subplot/career change for one of my characters that I wouldn’t have known about.

I attended sessions describing panelists’ personal experiences. How does one look those up on-line? These were people I could look in the eye and know they were there. One can write anything on-line. There is no vetting.

And the contacts one can make! At the Public Safety Writers Association Conference, I sat with a wide-range of public safety workers who generously answered questions and offered to be future contacts for more questions. Contacts are one huge reason I attend as many conferences as I can.

So, look for me, at your next conference. I might be sitting next to you. I’d be the one with a lot of questions about what you do.


  1. Good article to convince me to go to conferences, you have mentioned good benefits to attend conferences. Thank you for sharing this blog with us

    1. You're very welcome. I hope you'll be back to see what else I post each week. This blog has lots of threads.