In the October 2019 edition of “In Real Life” in Learning Solutions Magazine, I reflect on my 10 years of attending industry events and how their value has changed over time.

My relationship with conferences has changed a lot over 10 years. They introduced me to the larger L&D community. They helped me find a new job. They provided a reason to spend time with a lot of smart and interesting people. They provided me the opportunity to share my ideas and experiences with my global peers. They helped me get through some pretty significant personal challenges. Plus, I’ve learned a bunch of new stuff along the way … but that’s not what stands out the most.