Posted By Rick Antezana,
Friday, July 15, 2016
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(Originally Posted on May 10, 2013)
ALC Conference 2013 is Almost Here
It’s hard to believe that the next ALC Conference is less than a week away, and based on conversations with a few of you, I’m not the only one who can’t wait for it to begin! For more than a decade now, the month of May has been one to particularly look forward to, and not just because Spring is in full bloom, but very much because of the annual conference, which has been so valuable on many fronts. Certainly, as someone who loves to travel, it’s nice to be in different locations every year; I particularly enjoyed both Providence and Milwaukee years ago, as two cities that I may not have had a chance to see otherwise. Yet the top three things that have held the most value for me every year, and the reasons that I consider the ALC Conference to be a “can’t miss” event, are:
As we collectively descend on Boston, I look forward to our continuation of the traditions of learning, sharing, and enjoyment. See you all in Boston!
Learning at the Sessions: Honestly, my organization has benefited so very much from what we’ve learned over the years in every aspect of what we do based on sessions hosted by the ALC. From sessions on Legal issues, Sales, Marketing, Standards, ISO, and HR – all specifically aimed at Language Service Providers. That last factor is so very critical. You can attend seminars, webinars, and “general business” conferences and learn quite a lot, but never in a way that’s so directly applicable to how your business operates. Want to increase sales? Georgia Roeming’s session last year told you exactly how to do that with input directly from sales professionals within the industry.
Incidentally, her session this year on Project Management best practices promises to be fantastic.
Learning from Colleagues: Having attended conferences by the ATA, GALA, and others, I can tell you without hesitation that the attendees of the ALC conference are hands-down the most generous people when it comes to sharing knowledge, best practices, success stories, and more. Until you attend the conference, you really can’t properly appreciate how wonderful it is to chat about a topic with someone who may have been a stranger moments before, but is happy to tell you all about their favorite software that fixes the exact problem you were just complaining about. HR problem? Let’s chat about how to find the right talent. I could go on and on about this–seriously.
Friends (old and new): And this one seems obvious, but when talking about the conference and the association, it’s compulsory to acknowledge how much fun these people have together both during, and after sessions. And whether you’re a first timer, or you attended the first conference in Portland so many years ago, the friendly, collegial atmosphere must be experienced to be understood.
P.S. Since creating the title for this blog, I can’t get this song out of my head!
I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys