We live in a very fast paced world where every second is packed full of things to do, places to go and activities to take part in. There are few moments when we can take time out to think about things. I was very lucky this week to have been able to be at the Association of Police Communicators (APComm) 2o14 conference.
Getting three days out of the office is almost impossible and in the current climate has to be something that can be justified. So, I have considered what the conference has given me.
Most important it gave me time to think, reflect on what is the current position, and to look at what could be changed, developed, improved and ultimately achieved. It is incredibly difficult in such a 24 hour work environment to get any time at all and this was a rare opportunity. I took maximum advantage of the time I had.
It also gave me a chance to discuss issues, situations and solutions with colleagues. Sharing experiences is a great way to challenge yourself and question what you are doing, or what you would do when faced with a particular set of circumstances. Modern technology has given us lots of ways to discuss and share but face-to-face conversation is always important.
The content of the conference was varied and interesting which brought new ideas to me. Hearing from experts and professionals working in communication provides the chance to learn, expand my knowledge and hear about developments. It is important for us all to recognise we need to learn every day.
All three aspects have to be in place to gain the maximum benefit from any conference. I was able to realise all three elements in the recent APComm conference thanks to the input from the speakers and the involvement of all the delegates. Three days out of the office is a rare luxury but as I now have a long list of things to do, consider and develop further then it really does feel like time well spent. Time to think.