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Why Should I Go to A Conference?

In October 2015 Professional Organizers in Canada celebrated their 15th National Conference in Toronto #pocconf2015. Often times people look at the cost of a conference and decide it is not worth going. There are 6 reasons to go to a conference.

1. Grow Your Business

You will learn new information and other peoples’ perspectives on the  information.  We had great speakers that taught us about marketing our business with speaking for success by Sarah Hilton, Marketing for Success by  Sarah Buckwalter and networking and volunteering to grow your business by Mary Dystra

2. Learn new Online Skills

Social  media changes quickly.  Whether through a session or while networking you can gain tips to help you better understand social media. We had the opportunity to learn about blogging from Janet Barclay,  and apps and online tools from  Samantha Kristoferson

Social media can be a challenge

Social media can be a challenge

3. Become  Better at Your Profession

Go to learn new skills and niches in your profession. We learned about the specialized skills we need to do Digital Photo Organizing by Lisa Kurtz, to work with Special Needs’ Clients and Their Families by Leslie Josel and Dr, Regina Lark and to know how to help Clients with Traumatic Illness & Injury by Lisa Mark and Maureen DeGarmo

Leslie Josel also works with students

Leslie Josel also works with students

4. Become Passionate about What you Do

Having a passion for your profession helps to make you the best you can be at what you do.  Sometimes you lose that passion.  Spending time with liked minded people at a conference can spark that passion again.   Lisa Layden helped us to discover our Big Visions and Big Dreams and Elaine Quinn focused on Secrets to Loving our Business.  Val Low helped us to move from being Unfocused to Unstoppable

Lisa has courses on her website to help grow your business

Lisa has courses on her website to help grow your business

5. Become Involved in Your Association

When you attend a conference you get a glimpse into what is needed to run a professional association.  You can see how becoming involved in growing your profession helps you to grow as a person and develop skills.   Carolyn Caldwell and Elinor Warkentin helped  to develop a model on how to make ethical decisions.

Next POC conference is in Vancouver BC Nov 3 -5 2016

Next POC conference is in Vancouver BC Nov 3 -5 2016

6. Have Fun

Getting outside your comfort zone and meeting new people, visiting a new city and trying new things can be fun.  We had the opportunity to get a  massage from the students at Trillium College Toronto, see the Blue Jays at the Rogers Center or Nathan Phillips Square, enjoy shopping and restaurants. Conference is about people and building relationships in the way that works best for you.

Let me know why you attend conferences.






At the National Home Show in Toronto I learned about this great product for the do-it-yourself photo people. Oceans Sales Ltd is based in Calgary, Alberta sells a box that contains 3 frames, 3 4A letter printable canvas, canvas tape and instructions.  You take the picture, print the picture and mount it in the frame.  In just a short time you can have your pictures hanging on your wall. The product is called photo2canvas

Canvas framing system

This award winning frame system allows you to create your own professional quality canvas printed from your home printer using “Living hinge frame technology” and your own digital photos.

World Championship Synchronized Skating Championships.

On April 10, 2015 I had the opportunity to attend the  World Championship Synchronized Skating Championships in Hamilton, ON Canada.  It was an event that I just decided to go to a the last minute.  It was a fantastic evening. There were 25 teams of 16 skaters, females and males, from 20 countries .  Canada, Finland, Russia and Sweden were represented by 2 teams each.  Two surprising countries in the competition where  Mexico and Turkey.

I watched the short program for each of the 25 teams.  A routine may consist of:

  • straight line sequences,
  • wheels,
  • block pattern where they travel in a square or diamond pattern across the ice ,
  • circle step sequences,
  • spins in unison,
  • pass through where 1 lines pass through the other line and
  • many of the skating elements you have seen in other skating competitions.

It very exciting to be part of the crowd when the Canadian teams entered the arena and the crowd went wild.  If you have a chance to go to a World Championship Competition for any sport go out and support the participants.  I knew nothing about Synchronized Skating, I learned a lot and had a great time.  The Pan Am games are coming Toronto Canada you have a chance to learn a lot and have a great time too.

Synchronized Skating

Block formation


A group of 4 skaters ding a spiral

A lovely spiral

Synchronized team skating

Line Skating Pattern

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