By 2013-2014 Chair of IABC Europe | Middle East | North Africa – Neil Griffiths, ABC:
I’d like to share a short story about my experience with IABC World Conference, which, as I reflect on the past four years in my development as a communication professional, has played quite a pivotal role. I hope you can spare the time to read it.
I first attended conference in Toronto in 2010. I had been a member of IABC for a couple of years at that point, but it was the first time I had been able to participate in an event outside of the local chapter.
And I am not exaggerating when I say that it blew me away!
It was as though I had found the place I belong: the engaging speakers, the scale of the event, my amazing fellow conference delegates, the overall sense that I was surrounded by like-minded people who not only understood my professional challenges, but were also able to suggest solutions. It was a truly invigorating few days.
Shortly after that, I moved from Canada to London and, still pumped up from the World Conference energy, I reached out to the local chapter to see if they were planning any events. Two days after attending my first UK networking event, I was asked to help coordinate the Gold Quill award evaluations at the EMENA region level, and the rest, as they say, is history! I have since spent 3.5 years on the region board, earned my ABC, served on numerous international committees, attended two further World Conferences and, most of all, met (and worked with) some of the best, most professional people I know, who enrich my personal and professional life to a degree that still takes me by surprise. In short, conference opened the door to a (literal) world of professional development opportunities.
I will end my term as your EMENA Region Chair in June, so it is very fitting that I will be heading back to Toronto for the 2014 World Conference – aka – #IABC14. I can’t help but feel that there is something almost poetic about the fact that I am closing my IABC leadership journey in the place it all started.
And so I would like you to seriously consider joining me as a conference delegate in Toronto. I am not suggesting that you’ll (necessarily!) follow the same sort of path I describe above, but I can promise you that you will not be disappointed at the learning, development and networking opportunities that World Conference presents. It is truly the world’s premier communication conference and I sincerely hope that I will see you there.
Thanks for taking the time to read this far. I hope to see you in Toronto!
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