It’s that time of year! As the year grows to a close, we all have the tendency to look back and evaluate the past year. What did we achieve? Where did we go? Who did we meet? What didn’t we get done that we will roll into the new year?
For me it’s no different. Looking back on 2019, it has been quite the year. I had my first kid, did some traveling, made some new friends, and started a new job with some old friends 🙂
One of the things that I didn’t get to do this past year, was attend HITMC19 (my kid put a wrench in that one). The annual gathering of the HITMC community is something that I look forward to each year. It’s the one time in the year that I get to meet new and old friends who are passionate about the same thing I am, learn some best practices that I can directly use in my own professional development and while I’m at it, make some amazing memories.
Whether you are a rookie or a veteran of the Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference (HITMC), you surely have many fond memories. I remember all the tangible strategies shared by the amazing presenters, the long-lasting friendships I have made, and how thrilled I was being asked to be a panelist at the conference. There is one memory that stands out because it illustrates the close-knit type of people that make up the community.
It was my first year attending HITMC. I walked into the packed general session room with my backpack filled with notebooks, my laptop, and business cards. I was ready to take on the day. I spotted a seat mid way up in the aisle and started to make my way to an empty seat. What I didn’t realize was that as I made my through the aisle, my overloaded backpack had knocked over a pitcher of water and several glasses of water onto the aisle of people behind me.
So embarrassed, I turned beet red and frantically tried to apologize and clean up my mess. To my surprise, not a single person batted an eye in anger. The entire aisle behind me rushed over to help me and we got things cleaned up in no time. From that moment, I knew that this was the type of community I wanted to be a part of. People who are willing to lend a hand no matter what the situation may be.
Ok now it’s your turn! We want to hear from you. Share your best HITMC memories with us – whatever it may be – using the hashtag #HITMCMemory on Twitter. We can’t wait to see what you share.
Need a little reminder? Check out our video of all the highlights from the 2019 gathering of the Healthcare and IT Marketing & PR Community (HITMC19) and details for 2020.