Confab is coming upon us very
quickly (Oct 24-27), and for most of us that means the "annual IMC reunion"
in Reno. This year's program promises to be one of the best ever – it kicks off
with Alan Weiss as the Opening Keynote on Sunday at noon, and closes with a
great program on ethics which I'm sure everyone will enjoy at Tuesday noon. The program feature great speakers such as
Gayle Carson, Jim Rodgers, Kathie Nelson, Linda Hanson, Allen Peterson, and
many others. By popular demand, the Tech
Fair will be held all day on Sunday, and there is a golf outing on Saturday
morning. Additionally, for those of you
interested in becoming Certified, there is a CMC Certification Workshop being
held on Saturday afternoon.
Confab has taken a page from the US
Government and is offering its own "stimulus package which will give you a
"rebate" of $100 for every first-time Confab member who mentions you
as the "referring source" when they sign up for the Conference. This
is a great way for someone who may be a bit short of funds to be able to have
their conference paid for. For more information on this, go to the Confab
website (http://www.confabusa.org/) and
click on the Confab Stimulus Package link, or contact Alice Heiman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of Alice, she is looking
for a few more hosts for Confab sessions. If you're interested, please contact
her at the above e-mail address.
For me, the value of Confab is the
networking, and reconnecting with those I haven’t seen for at least a
year. Even so, I know that there are
many people out there who "refuse" to go to Confab because of the
venue and location – I was the same for many years.
However, I would encourage you to
give Confab another try. The Silver
Legacy has done many things in the past couple of years to improve the
environment, including making the hotel smoke-free (except for casinos), training
staff, etc. The cost is still very
reasonable (where else can you attend a 3 day conference for $595 (early bird),
have all your meals included, and pay only $66 per night for your room).
So, if you haven't attended Confab for
a few years, or if you’ve never attended before, I strongly suggest you come –
you may be very pleasantly surprised as I was last year. Besides that, where else do you have the
opportunity to reconnect with so many of our IMC family.