Monday, November 21, 2016
One thing leads to another
It is the end of my fall Conference season for this year. Next year Conference season runs into mid November with a session in Huntington Beach, California. At times I like attending, I try to attend at least one a year that I am not speaking at, most of the time I go to speak, and hang around and hear other speakers.
People sometimes ask how I get to travel so much. A big part of it is speaking at conferences. My first job out of law school the first year the office sent me to a couple of conferences, one in DC and one in New Orleans. Other than being told I was going, not asked, and being sent to New Orleans on like 3 days notice, I very much enjoyed the experience and learned from it. The following year I asked about going to a couple of conferences and was told only one. I complained that my colleague Dennis had been to three and I was told that he was speaking at them. I rapidly figured out that if I was on the agenda as a speaker, the office would fund the travel. I like to travel and I am not afraid of public speaking (part of my weird brain - I am not afraid of talking to a large crowd.) So I started submitting proposals to speak at conferences. When the proposals were accepted I had to develop materials, and write articles. The conference presentations and articles got me noticed and I picked up a consulting contract to do training. That got me noticed and a couple of articles got published. That led to me being noticed when this job came open, and this job came with a travel budget. One thing led to another, to another. Now my general travel budget was cut this year, but I just discovered that another little project I am managing has a $9,000 travel budget in it that no one has any plans for. I need a couple of Medical conferences in April, May, or June of next year.