Ditching class and supporting local businesses

I’ll admit it – I ditched out on the first talk this morning, day 2 of the IABC Canada West conference. My apologies to the speaker, but I can’t come to Whistler and not see the sights.

Olympic rings in Whistler Village

So, I went for a walk around the village and got breakfast at a local coffee shop (despite the 2 Starbucks’ in town).

I didn’t skip the whole day, because there were 2 talks I really wanted to see today: social media in crisis communications and best practices for content curation, 2 hot topics for many communicators these days. And both were very worthwhile.

As I head back down the Sea to Sky highway and reflect back on my first IABC conference experience, I am really glad I had the opportunity to come. I am taking away many useful things that I can immediately apply to my work and share with my colleagues. And I met some great communicators from Western Canada, even some new colleagues from Calgary.

Thanks IABC for a great first conference experience. I’m no longer a conference freshman, and my desire to hide in the corner and avoid networking is slowly dissipating.

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