In a time when we are completely dependent on technology, it has never been more important to take the time to meet and network face-to-face. It’s a chance to share best practices, experience, and knowledge without the distraction of emails or office chatter.
Meetings, conferences, and events provide a fantastic platform to develop our own personal skills – whether that’s working toward being a more confident communicator or working on our business skills. It is crucial for employers to nurture talent and support employees’ personal development. By encouraging attendance at face-to-face events, they give employees the opportunity to build their skills and make new connections.
After attending networking events, most attendees come away feeling inspired with fresh ideas and new learnings that they can apply to their jobs and share with colleagues. By encouraging attendance at these types of events, businesses can gain not only a more confident and energized employee, but also insights into similar businesses and the opportunity to do some market research on competitors.
Post-event, it is useful for attendees to sit down with colleagues and report back on their learnings; this can help develop business plans and spark new and fresh ideas.
Mark Cooper, CEO, IACC, [email protected]