Hello, readers. This is Laurel Nelson-Rowe, ASQ managing director. This month, I’m pitching in as a guest blogger on View From the Q, and stepping up to the plate with a lead-off question for everybody.
Through ASQ and other associations, you are able to network, make connections, learn, and grow—locally, regionally, nationally, globally, virtually. The question is: What mode works best for you, when, and why?
We prompt this discussion just a month after ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Anaheim, Ca., hit record attendance. And that followed a 75% lift in attendees at ASQ’s Lean and Six Sigma Conference in early spring.
Why the increases in these places and spaces, these gathering points of the global quality community, at this time?
I’m counting on you to offer your own data points. I will point out that this year’s ASQ World Conference attendee survey repeats trends from past years: The No. #1 reason by far for coming to the conference is the content. Second reason? Networking, which I believe encompasses what Influential Voices blogger Jennifer Stepniowski called the “intensely fun experience” of World Conference.
So, what about you? Why do you attend events, conferences, or meetings that bring quality professionals together? And if you don’t—why not?