My first visit was two years ago to Sustainability Live 2011 and I was inspired by the quality of the entire event. In fact I so overwhelmed by the number of different stands I really wanted to meet and chat with that I went back to the NEC all three days the first year and twice the second year.
However, what impressed me most of all were the seminars. The format works so well – three short presentations and then Q&As.
I set myself a goal that I would be speaking at the event within three years. Yesterday I spoke – one year early.
Goal achieved! Admittedly the last slot on the last day is a slightly tough gig, because even though it was over by 3.20pm too many clearly choose to slide off early from their day out of the office!
That said it was amazing to be there, in Energy Theatre One, and with an extremely influential industry professional sat next to me chairing the session – Ellen Bennett editor of Utility Week. As ever, I wanted to make an impact – who hasn’t seen too many “death by powerpoint” sessions before?
So I did my very best to wake up the audience with possibly the first ever audience participation skit to illustrate how buying together gives the group power by gaining control of the middle ground.
Two other industry professionals gave their excellent presentations and then we had what could only be termed as “lively” debate in the Q&A.
How brilliant as that meant job done – if you can inspire debate in such a short period then you know that some of what you said did what it was supposed to do…you answered some questions, opened some minds and created some more. Of course many new contacts were made too so now is the time to follow those up – immediately – but I am also already designing what role I believe Community Buying unLimited should be playing at Sustainability Live 2014.
Finally, I congratulate and thank the entire team for pulling together another amazing event.