Great Speakers, Great Speeches - Great Audience too!
Most of my colleagues seriously doubted that we could fill that spacious room at the Royal Over-Seas League for our GROWTH17 conference. Well, we did. So if you were one of the attendees, thank you for your support. And if you weren’t, let me tell you that you missed a very special experience indeed - as I’m being reminded right now, in a continuing flood of appreciative emails.
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The quality of the speakers was one big factor, and we made sure everybody heard about them in advance. When you’ve got the HSE giving the opening address, that’s a pretty good start to day which demonstrated the partnership between us.
Then we managed to create the right atmosphere. The programme was full of variety, and we were able to pack in a tremendous amount without any sense of rush (or stress!). The keynote speeches were interspersed with an interactive panel discussion, then a choice of small, intimate round-table meetings with experts, and a Q & A session with all the speakers up on the platform. Plus many opportunities to network through the day, and to view a range of published works by those who took a stand in the exhibition area.
Finally, the attendees themselves. These made up a wonderful spread of interesting and sociable people, exchanging views in a constructive spirit. From the platform, you could immediately pick-up on this special quality, and as a veteran speaker, I can tell you that it is the most heartwarming experience, to realize that you are facing an audience actively worth addressing.
Many important stress-related themes were covered in our programme - nutrition by Patrick Holford and a moving personal story from mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE. And plenty more - compèred through the day by Jeremy Nicholas as MC who entertained us at regular intervals throughout the day.
The good attendance enabled our administrator Claire Parkinson to meet many members for the first time - and to sign-up some new ones too. And the assembly was spiced with visitors from a number of overseas members including Brussels - truly putting the ‘I’ into ISMA.
What the Speakers Had to Say About the Event
How our guest speakers reacted to the conference. Positive testimonials from a distinguished line-up of top specialists in their field. They were obviously pleased to be there, as we were to see them.
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Click the button below for a quick overview of the conference. Happy memories of the big day, if you were there. Or if you weren’t, just a fascinating glimpse of a busy gathering of stress experts from all over the world.
And now, before I can turn round, it’ll be the run-up to National Stress Awareness Day on Wednesday 1st November.
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With best regards
Chair - Carole Spiers MIHPE, FISMA