Psst… This year’s EAC conference is in Toronto—are you planning to attend? Editors who have gone in previous years say the conferences are fun and rewarding events. Not surprising—a variety of information is provided in one place for a reasonable fee. But how useful is the conference really to in-house editors, freelancers, or even students? If you went last year, why go again this year?
Three words: connect, build, and share.
In this busy, technology-driven world, we often forget the importance of being in a live, face-to-face setting with other editors in the community. But the power of connecting with other people who are active in the same line of work is invaluable, and attending the conference provides a great opportunity for networking. In addition, meeting editors (whom we may typically view as competitors) from other regions can be a valuable resource for referrals.
Short on time? Regardless of how long you stay at the conference—one day or even one hour—you can still learn from those who know more! Working solo as a freelancer can be isolating and, without exposure to various viewpoints, we can miss new ideas and trends. By listening to expert speakers, you’ll be filled with new ideas and inspirations. Each session offers tips, advice, and resources, and you can build on this valuable information when you leave at the end of the day. The equation is simple: the more knowledge you build, the more you can advance your portfolio.
Attending a conference allows you to give back to the industry. How? By sharing your thoughts, knowledge, and experience! Meeting other editors and experts offers you a chance to discuss your projects and challenges. Others who hear your success stories will be encouraged and fuelled with desire to keep pursuing their careers. By sharing good ideas, we position ourselves as experts and build our reputations in the eyes of peers and potential clients.
In a nutshell, the educational aspect of a conference can expose you to new ways of conducting your business and help you discover how to be more productive. So mark your calendars for June 6 to 8, 2014. You will be amazed at how many opportunities can arise from attending a conference!