Tomorrow I head down to Maryland for Construct 2019. This is the big-daddy educational and trade show serving CSI at a national level. I like the Construct show not for the trade show floor or the educational classes per se, but because I can always connect with the CSI folks I know around the Region. For me, it’s like a class reunion – seeing colleagues, associates and trusted advisers I talk to on the phone with but only get to see one time a year. I never come away from that conference without making a new professional connection and expanding my network. And unlike local conferences like ABX, the Construct show happens in a different state each year, guaranteeing exposure to new folks I won’t meet anywhere else. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to go.
But by the time you read this, the conference will have come and gone. Don’t lose hope though – the Northeast Region Conference is right around the corner on May 28-30, 2020. Don’t like travelling but still want to network with folks other than the local crowd? Then you’re in luck because this year’s conference is being hosted by the Boston Chapter, so you’ve got a short drive while the other 14 chapters in the Region come to you. The venue will be in Plymouth, MA, a town steeped in history. The keynote speaker will be Joe Lstuburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow and entertainment will be provided by comedian Bobby Collins.
On the fence? Here are my Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Northeast Region:
- Sharpen the saw. Dull blades don’t cut wood – you need a break from work once in a while and you may come away with a new approach to your old ways.
- Networking. In a world of social media, making personal connections and expanding your list of trusted advisors is still best accomplished at a conference.
- Kick the tires. Online research is great, but the trade show offers the chance to see things you may not have know existed, up close and in person, and have your questions answered right away.
- Learn in a new space. When you’ve had enough Panera sandwiches at lunch-an-learns in that same old office chair, getting off site to a new venue can be a more engaging way to learn.
- Have some fun. Plymouth has a lot to offer apart from the conference and there are a variety of scheduled or unscheduled things to do in the evenings.
The Region Conference is 7 months away, so don’t say you didn’t know about it soon enough. If you haven’t been to a Regional Conference, or any industry-related conference recently, you owe it to yourself to check this out. If you’ve been going to ABX year after year and think you’ve seen all a conference has to offer, you should check this out.
I’ll see you there!.