Budgets are tight and travel restrictions remain. But, it’s clear to me that nothing can diminish the thirst for knowledge.
In my field (which was IT, then was web, then was digital communications, and is now public information), change is rapid-fire. Expectations run high, and not just those of management. Now, it’s citizen expectations for social and mobile and so much more.
In my training classes, I explain that we have to communicate with our constituents in every available space. The same is true of learning. We can’t just learn from books, articles, webinars… we have to use every option available to keep up. But, the most important is still face to face with peers and instructors.
Conversations spark ideas. We can be “devils-advocates” with each other. We can discuss what others have done, where they had problems, improve on those ideas, moderate them for our particular situation. This is what makes going, in person, to a conference so valuable. Besides the energy, it’s the conversation.
GovLoop listed the NAGW Conference as one of the top 25 of the year (https://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/the-top-25-government-conferences-of-2013). If you can find a few dollars for some great education and even better peer-networking, visit NAGW.org and check out the great lineup for this year’s National Conference in Louisville KY from 9/24 to 9/27.
If you’re involved in Emergency Communication, you’ll love the Friday Focus: a full day information from those in the trenches.
Ideas. Information. Innovation. I’m headed to #NAGW2013 in September to get my fill of all these. Hope to see you there.