Submitted by Skip Henk, EDP, President/CEO of Xplor International
March 2, 2015
A couple weeks ago I read the 2015 InPlant Salary Survey and certainly was heartened to find that salaries are in fact on the rise. In fact, in the InPlant world, they have risen 9.9% over the last two years.
The survey was very well done and included a wide variety of statistics. InPlant did their typical great job. Of particular interest to me was that of the 231 usable responses, 44% of the managers who attended conferences (up from 27.5% in 2013) made 17.2% more than those that did not. That is a significant number.
The question is why?
Today, one can go to the internet and find almost anything they wish. The internet has become the go to source for information but as Albert Einstein once said “Information is not knowledge.”
To experience knowledge one must not only find facts and information but also acquire skills through experience or education.
So it simply makes sense that those who invest in expanding their knowledge by attending conferences, and learning from the experiences of others are more invaluable to their company.
Besides making more money, Why Attend A Conference?
- Conference attendees benefit from people who have the same challenges and are willing to share them in order to help others learn from their experience. To learn what to do as well as what not to do.
- Meeting people face to face and expanding ones professional network has many benefits that will impact your career. Your professional network can become a sounding board, a venue for new ideas, a place to find solutions or in some cases a future employee (or employer).
- A good conference is a great place to keep up on all the latest technologies and trends.
Just one idea from a conference event can save or make a company a great deal of money. Here is what just one attendee stated after a conference.
“XPLOR one year gave me answers to take home a $500 Million dollar savings to my company! That being said, I was nominated employee of the year!” – Gene
All conferences are not created (or executed) equally
Attending a conference is an investment, one that can pay big dividends but all conferences are not created equal. When choosing a conference you should look for several things.
- Does the agenda have topics of relevant interest?
- Are there sessions that will take you beyond what you are doing today? Expand your knowledge of the industry.
- Are the educational sessions a blend of users and vendors speaking?
- Are there plenty of networking activities?
- Does the agenda include best practices and industry trends?
- Will you walk away with new ideas and motivation?
Yes, I am a bit biased.
Being the president of Xplor, I may be a bit prejudiced but I believe Xploration® 15 is a unique event that encompasses all six points mentioned above “when choosing a conference”, because it was designed that way.
“The conference content is selected by our members, Xplor HQ just handles the logistics.”
Xploration 15 is April 14-16th at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in sunny Orlando Florida.
- 60+ Educational Sessions
- Featuring end users, industry analysts and subject matter experts
- Daily Networking Events: The number one networking conference in the industry!
- (2) evening events, (2) lunches and (1) breakfast
- 35+ Industry Partners in the Vendor Forum
- Meet with leading edge vendors
- Motivational & Industry Keynotes
- Devon Harris, three-time Olympian and 1988 Jamaican Bobsled team member which inspired the Disney movie “Cool Runnings”
- John Biehler, Top 10 Influencer in 3D Printing
- Acadami’s Electronic Document (BOK): Production Workflow Basics Track
- A great program for anyone who wants to get a better “end to end” understanding of the document lifecycle.
- Optional Pre-Conference Courses
- Print Media Centr – Rescue Your Printshop ROI Workshop
- Madison Advisors – CCM Intensive
For more information, or to register, please visit the conference website.
Hope to see you in Orlando April 14-16, 2015 ….. (If not, at some conference somewhere)
Skip Henk, EDP