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3 Essential Truths to Get the Most Out of Conferences

Finally! It’s here, that conference you’ve been looking forward to for months. You’re excited to learn and stay connected with the latest and greatest thinking in your field. 

You arrive, quickly check-in, and step into the great hall. You instinctively try to swallow, but for some reason your throat won’t allow it. Your senses heighten; noises and lights seem to be more intense than you thought they would be. A group of people are chatting and laughing together like old friends. Scanning the room, you spot a seat in the back with very few people around it - that’s the spot for you - your friends aren’t here. 

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Ken Broeren
Too Soon!

If you've spent any time in IT, you've likely been a part of a significant change that either introduces a new system or replaces an existing one.

Change is difficult - even the simplest difference in a process or how a system works can result in challenges. However, one tricky issue that befalls larger projects...

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Ken Broeren
Negotiation: Getting to Yes

While looking for a local coffee shop, I stumbled upon a real gem - the Park Hill Community Bookstore. From the outside, it is a small place with just a few books, but hidden inside there are three levels of nothing but used books. I spent a solid hour there, and I rediscovered a great book that I hadn’t seen since the early 2000s: Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury. Published in 1981, Getting to Yes was part of my college curriculum and even though I forgot about the book for a time, I’ve been using Fisher and Ury’s framework throughout my career.

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Ken Broeren