AIIP symposium will be the best gift you give to yourself! It is packed
with useful information that is immediately actionable. It is a
"retreat" with people who understand your challenges. It is filled with
inspiration and ideas. What more could you ask for? Marge King, nonprofit development expert, InfoRich Group
will be my first in-person AIIP, as I attended virtually the past
couple of years (and yes, I applied for the travel stipend 😊). I have
been a member since I was a library student in the mid 2000s and first
learned about y'all at an SLA conference. Now that I
am a full-time business, the stars are finally aligning. I used to work
in the meetings and events industry and I realize the value of
face-to-face meetings. I love St. Louis, so this was a win-win
decision! I look forward to meeting y'all in person and learning a lot!
Marj Atkinson, researcher, AskMarj.com
week, I decided to go to the collective wisdom and know-how of
luminaries in the taxonomy field to ask a burning question. The conversation enabled me to move ahead with more confidence because I
had spoken to the right people. How did I get this kind of
response and access to these experts? In-person networking.
Ask yourself how you want to extend and engage with your network of
experts. Build these relationships by participating and conversing with
the people you'd like to be able to ask and receive wisdom from in your
field. In addition to experts in your field, build a network of
like-minded infopreneurs who may not be in your sector so that you can
expand your knowledge boundaries.
Liz McLean, knowledge management strategist,
have connected with so many amazing AIIPers at the three conferences I
attended in person—plus our virtual conferences. There’s nothing like a
personal connection—some one-on-one time with another person—to
really understand what they do and the customers they serve. I look forward to the April
symposium and all the value that comes from a bunch of smart
solopreneurs all being in the room together working to help us all learn
Kelly Berry, business strategist,
The symposium is an absolute must-attend event for me, and I haven't missed one since I joined AIIP in 2005. It's where I meet and forge personal and professional relationships with other AIIP members, feel the spirit of community and camaraderie, learn from the thought-provoking presentations, and leave with a renewed sense of enthusiasm. It's truly the best way to invest in yourself and your business, with colleagues who "get" what you do and want you to succeed.
Karen Klein, research expert in advanced manufacturing, Fulcrum Information Resources
Back in 2008 I went to my first AIIP conference. I had just hung up my own shingle after years of working in a collegial, engaging, and intellectually stimulating corporate culture. That environment had been so important to me as I grew professionally, I knew I needed something like it to sustain me as I transitioned to solo practitioner.
At AIIP08, I remember thinking “This is where I belong.” I have missed only 2 annual events since, because they always give me what I need. When we reunited in person last year, the energy was amazing – it’s more palpable and gets the brilliant ideas flowing more readily. It's a different setting on the dial. AIIP24 will give you a necessary boost for your business, so if you can swing it, choose in-person, but if you can’t, come to virtual.
June Boyle, business and leadership consultant, CerCo Research
collective mind is priceless! I registered for BootCamp and the
Symposium yesterday, and as I'm just starting my business this month,
the timing is perfect! This is my first symposium with AIIP, and I am
very excited to meet everyone and tap into the group knowledge. I have
found so many invaluable benefits of being in AIIP, but the networking
opportunities stand out because there is so much to be shared and
learned from the vast expertise of the association members. For those on
the fence, give the program another look, and think about how much
synergy and serendipitous, just in time learning happens when you get
together with a great group of people. I am not hesitating to spend the
time and money to attend the symposium, because I am confident that the
return on investment will be invaluable. Looking forward to seeing
everyone in St. Louis!
Annie McMillion, McMillion Eolas Services
I attended my first AIIP conference in Philadelphia. While I knew a few people from my SLA activities, I met so many more people and got to know them and what they do and knew that was going to be my prime conference for as long as I keep my business going. This decision has been confirmed as the right one time and again throughout the years. I encourage any and everyone to try and participate in person if possible or at least virtually. It will be well worth your time and money.
Richard Hulser, organizational archivist, Richard P. Hulser Consulting
attended my first AIIP conference a month before I went independent,
which was both financially scary and the best money I invested in my
business that year (and every year since). My business wouldn't be where
it is today—30+ years later—if I hadn't made the commitment to
attend the conference in person every year. The connections I make, the
insights I get, the fresh perspectives I gain, I can't get anywhere
IMO, if I want my clients to invest in me, *I* have to invest in
myself as well, and part of that investment is scrounging up the money
to build my business skills and network at the AIIP conference every
year. I look forward to seeing, and getting to know, lots of you at this
year's meeting in St. Louis.
Mary Ellen Bates, strategic analyst, coach and author, Bates Information Services
joined AIIP right before the 2018 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
At that time, it was hard for me to justify the cost of traveling as a
newly independent infopro. Looking back now almost 6
years later, I wish I could tell that new infopro to just take the risk.
The AIIP community has taught me so much. When I did attend my first conference in 2019 in
Philadelphia, the warmth and welcoming truly was
amazing. I enjoyed the smaller size of the conference—by the end of the three days, I had met
everyone attending at least once if not twice and was hopeful to work with a few attendees in the future. Come for the community, come for the inspiration, come for
the value to your business.
Janel Kinlaw, consulting project manager, Refining Workflow LLC
However you attend the symposium, in-person or virtually, it really is money well-spent. The ROI is immense. New ideas, new contacts, new friends, new inspirations, new perspectives.
Denise Carter, competitive intelligence researcher, DCision Consult
I will be attending the
symposium virtually this year as I am based in the UK. One day I will
treat myself and attend live I am sure. I have found the virtual events
not only welcoming and full of content but also a great way to connect
when I am so far away. Over the years I have
come to know many of the members and I really look forward to
connecting with them all again, even if it is within the online world
again for me.
Elizabeth Hutchinson, school library advocate and trainer, Elizabeth Hutchinson.com