The Value of Conferences

I’m just back from Web Content 2009, which I really enjoyed. It got me thinking a bit about conferences, and the value of going to them, especially in light of Scott Abel’s discussion of the trouble the conference world is having right now.

I think conferences have benefit on five levels:

So, there you have it. When most people go to a conference – especially their first, few conferences – they expect nothing but skill-based learning. If that’s all you want, book a training session or workshop or something. Conferences are often about the bigger picture and if you take a step back and focus on that area, you can learn a lot more.

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