Presidents Letter April 2018

Presidents Letter April 2018

It’s the busy season for event professionals which means that instead of being rather busy, we are crazy busy.  Let’s face it, there is no slow time in the events industry. So, out of respect for your time I am going to keep this month’s president’s letter somewhat succinct by recounting a recent anecdote and sharing a recommendation before letting you get back to your business.

After last month’s meeting I was able to spend a few minutes catching up with our presenter, Julian Lever.  As I reflected on the talk he had just given regarding networking, it occurred to me that since his transition from hotelier to The Dapper Diplomat, we had not had seen one another nearly as often.  This was something I wanted to quickly remedy. Later that week, I sent along an email and, being ever the professional, Julian promptly replied and we were all set.

We met for a mid morning caffeine infusion at the newly opened Houndstooth on Central where we sat outside in the sun (yay for spring) and chatted about everything under the sun (pardon the pun) for over an hour.  As we parted ways, I was inspired, energized and my wheels were turning at breakneck speeds.

About now you may be wondering why I am telling you this particular anecdote.  Well NACE friends, this interaction was a great reminder of how critically important it is that we continue making new connections as well as strengthen existing ones.  Regardless of just how busy we all are, we really must make this a priority.

Now for the recommendation.  I urge each of you to both strengthen an existing connection and establish a new one with a fellow industry professional.  Send an email and invite them to coffee. If you can spare a moment to just pick up the phone and call someone to have a genuine chat about how they are doing and ask if they need anything I can guarantee you will brighten their day (and yours).

I want to hear about how our members are connecting so leave a comment below or send me a note to and tell me all about it.