I was stupidly on the fence about going for Comms Unplugged 2018 in Dorset this past weekend. But I'm now a convert, and have the hoodie to prove it. To fair they had me at, cake. Being my first industry event since transitioning into public sector communications, I was very nervous. But I had nothing to worry about. We spanked mint, stroked alpacas and picked shells off the beach. Somewhere between the Malbec and gin learning happened.
Here are the things that I had an aha moment about and things I needed confirmation on.
This industry has kind people who are willing to help in practical ways. I need to find the courage and confidence to ask.
Everyone is experiencing the same challenges regardless of team size, specialism or location.
Rubbish and recycling is a national issue that will need a strategic holistic approach and local authorities can't solve the problem alone.
Networking is about relationships and friendships.
I’m not the diversity hire, but a first only different.
Not knowing anyone was a good thing.
The best conversations happen in the unstructured time.
I can unplug from social media quite easily, work emails not so much.
My instincts about needing commercial experience, either in-house or as a consultant are right.
I shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed about the effort I put into my personal development and learning.
This post has been kept short intentionally, as I want to audit myself in 6 months to understand what's different.
Big thanks to Darren, Georgia, Sally (who got me a tent), the great speakers and all the 2018 unpluggers.