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Poll: If there's an industry conference very far from home, what would you do?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "If there's an industry conference very far from home, what would you do?".

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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I don't go to industry conferences very far from home.

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Tatty  Identity Verified
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If it is free Oct 19, 2013

I only go to industry events if they are free and outside of working hours. I don't mind paying for my food and drinks though.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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I wouldn't go Oct 19, 2013

Not any more. I used to go regularly, but that was 20 years ago.

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Cristiana Sima  Identity Verified
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wouldn't go Oct 19, 2013

near or far, it doesn't really matter
I find conferences rather useless


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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Other Oct 19, 2013

I don't go to events very far from home.


I have a feeling that the question was supposed to be "If there's an industry conference NOT very far from home, what would you do?" The answers would make more sense then.

Speaking of which, I'm leaving for an industry event in 5 minutes.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Same here Oct 19, 2013

Cristiana Sima wrote:

near or far, it doesn't really matter
I find conferences rather useless


Me too. They same to be mostly about schmoozing and self-promotion - I'd rather spend the time more lucratively, i.e. actually working instead of just talking about it or planning to take over the world.


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Teresa Borges
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Same here also! Oct 19, 2013

Cristiana Sima wrote:

near or far, it doesn't really matter
I find conferences rather useless


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Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
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I would not go Oct 19, 2013

When I was in grad school I attended something like 50 conferences and presented several papers myself. That's it for me, I'm done with conferences. Also, over the years I came to the disappointing realization that, as others have pointed out, conferences are pretty useless - though they are useful for organizers, speakers, chairs, discussants etc., who typically organize and get involved in such events for strategic reasons.

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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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I don't go to industry conferences Oct 19, 2013

neilmac wrote:

Me too. They same to be mostly about schmoozing and self-promotion - I'd rather spend the time more lucratively, i.e. actually working instead of just talking about it or planning to take over the world.


And I need a "like" button for this. Spot-on, neilmac!


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Claire Cox
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How sad... Oct 19, 2013

... that so many people choose not to attend such events. I don't go to every translation conference I see advertised but I've found the ones I've attended, both ITI and ProZ events, amazingly useful, both from a networking perspective and from learning different things about the profession via the presentations. If nothing else, it gives you an enormous feeling of solidarity with professional colleagues and that shouldn't be underestimated for an isolated career such as ours. I'm still in touch with the many colleagues I've met at such events over the years via social media and have often picked up work as a direct result of people I've met at conferences - or been able to pass work their way. It's also a good way of learning about the latest technological developments.

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tilak raj  Identity Verified
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I would not go Oct 19, 2013

As online clients are available. I haven never been faced such situations, If it happens I would not go there.

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David Wright  Identity Verified
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I wouldn't go to one far away, but nearer home I like to meet others in the trade. The conference content is usually of secondary importance. (And Hi Claire - long time no see!)

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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No Oct 19, 2013

I don't go to industry conferences. But I will most definately attend the EXPOLINGUA (yes, it's capitalized, so no yelling. ) And this is more of a fair, anyway.

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Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
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Not far from home Oct 19, 2013

Yes, it does feel as if this question should have 'not' in it. If there was a conference which was not far from home, and the programme looked interesting and relevant to me, then I would consider going. I definitely would not take my family, though. I usually make my way down to London (about 3 hours away) a couple of times a year for something or other, but would not travel further afield unless it was for something very special.

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