Collaboration and networking in Hamburg

This is my personal summary of MSI’s EMEA Meeting in Hamburg, which was held from 17 – 19 May 2019.

Visiting Hamburg with my fellow members from MSI became a memorable conference. The city of Hamburg and its large port with huge container ships provided the perfect backdrop for the big world that has to be entered with our growing MSI family. Also this conference turned out to be a good mixture of seeing old friends and meeting new members. It’s amazing to see and feel how they integrate so easily. But despite growing bigger, MSI seems to be able to maintain the family feeling.

‘Collaboration’ was key this conference. Speaker Rob Brown gave us an excellent and practical presentation about networking and the importance of collaboration for professional firms. The skills and useful tips for improving collaboration were put into practice immediately: to win a book during the presentation; to achieve better results for our specialist interest groups; and during on the Sunday trip to win the city tour IPAD challenge. Collaboration was fully needed throughout this weekend. We all passed that exam!

Since the MSI family is growing each year, there could not have been a better moment for Rob Brown to teach us also some professional networking skills. From this conference onwards we will definitely wear our badges on our right site. We were also given some practical guidance and good talking points for those networking moments. Politics, religion and sex were definitely not on that list. So starting this  onference, we will no longer… well… we will try to avoid these topics, at least at daytime. I must confess, at dinnertime all three topics were discussed at our table. The MSI family seems to be that strong, that we can easily address these topics without difficulties!

Hamburg was also the place for Werner to say goodbye to MSI. Since the start of MSI he has been involved in building connections throughout the world. Werner has made a big contribution of putting the organisation at its place as it is now. Using the lessons learned from Rob Brown, there can be no better compliment than by saying: "Well Werner, of course I would like to thank you extensive for your efforts all these years. But I have only limited time. So thank you, well done and see you around! And if you please excuse me for now, I will move on to catch up with old friends, share some new ideas for collaboration and meet new members in our ever growing MSI family." 

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