Can’t We All Just Get Along?
The effectiveness of these events would be
greatly endangered if such outbursts become more common. These conferences provide educational opportunities for those seeking growth within our sector and a vital chance for all of us
The next time you attend an industry conference, if you
happen to sit in on a session that includes a panelist from an organization that really upsets you, keep quiet or walk out. If you don’t think you can do either, pay attention to the information in the program you receive when you register. If someone’s participation will be troubling to you, don’t go to that
Voicing protest at these events will not win converts. Many attendees of the
session in question were greatly angered by the incident, according to a source who read the feedback comments submitted afterwards.
If you’re really opposed to a panelist’s viewpoint, what better way to counter it than to attend his session, learn all about the successful strategies the
organization is using, and then go back to your office and try to figure out how to apply your new knowledge on behalf of a mission that you do support?
That way, you’ve made a real-world difference without compromising the conference experience for your
colleagues — all of whom, believe it or not, are as passionate about their
beliefs as you are about yours. u