It’s that time of year again: conference season. My feet have hardly touched solid land since the end of March and I write this from my last assignment in Porto at the EuRA conference (see next month). It is a great privilege of being involved in this remarkable industry that we get the opportunity to travel so widely and experience other cultures. I am grateful for all the organisations who are kind enough to invite The Mover to be part of their annual celebrations.
Every conference I go to around the world is different. Each has a different character despite often involving many of the same people. Each reflects the brand of the organisation. But there is always a recurring theme: family. Every organisation talks about its members being part of a ‘family’. I think they are right.
Wherever I go there is a family feel to the event. There are matriarchs, patriarchs and young upstarts. Just as in a family people work and play together. They share each other’s triumphs and disasters and are sometimes the instigators of them. Sometimes they fall out, but usually time heals most wounds. New people join the family and are welcomed. Some leave and are genuinely missed. Some die and are mourned.
There are many families: FIDI, OMNI, EUROMOVERS, etc. Each interacts with other families. They too have their differences but generally they rub along avoiding the outbreak of real hostility. For the last 20 years or so I have worked in many industries. Nothing is like the moving business in this respect. It is unique. We should all appreciate the extraordinary business we are in.
However most people in the mobility industry choose not to attend conferences. I really don’t get it. Why would you not want to meet people who do the same job as you; people from whom you might learn and people with whom you can do business? Working in a bubble, as many do, seems in this industry to be contra-intuitive. It was never designed that way. I urge all those who have never attended an industry conference to open their minds and take the plunge. Don’t be a hermit. Join the family.
Talking about families, I would like to publicly congratulate Ian Studd on his appointment as the new Director General of BAR. Ian is a very good man, perfect for the job in my opinion. I am sure he will be great for the Association and its members. Steve