I get this comment a lot of the time. True, some conferences offer free attendance (but still require an even more scarce resource: your TIME!) My experience with those is that generally, they’re not worth it. In that sense you always get what you pay for.
But more to the point – this is about why I think conferencing is important. And the points below are especially important to the Wi-Fi industry because we’re a fairly young and – to be honest – a pretty fragmented bunch. We urgently need to do something about that.
Here are my five top reasons:
Every good business person knows that nothing replaces meeting people live. Business is made when like-minded people connect based on common interests & goals. Nothing beats being there. Let yourself be known to the industry – that’s the key.
The Wi-Fi industry is – well, honestly – all over the place. There are venues, carriers, small biz, large biz, stadiums, Cloud platforms, startups, security, etc. etc. This is part of the charm & also the Achille’s Heel of the Wi-Fi industry. I think this has to change. We need to come together to learn, inspire, and exchange ideas. That’s what Wi-Fi NOW is very much about.
There are tons of great products & services out there, but marketing flyers just don’t cut it any more. The best way to engage is to be there in person. Show what you stand for. Share your interest, commitment, energy.
I get more value out of a 10 minute open chat with a colleague than hours of attending online webinars with canned content. That’s where ‘the magic’ happens. Look for it at our events 🙂
Your boss might not like me calling events for ‘working holidays’ but there’s some truth to that. If you love your job – and a lot of us do – a great event is a chance to do it better, get inspired, and get connected. Two or three days connecting live will give you lots of ammo for your business going forward.