Networking at Events: Bringing the Benefits Home

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Mark Seethaler

I serve on a city council. Not long ago, our mayor (a self-made business success) asked each council member to justify their participation in an annual governmental conference. He wrote to each of us: "Since there is significant cost associated with this conference, I have several questions: What benefits can we directly attribute to our attendance? I am unaware of any correlation meeting to debrief both staff and council members as to best practices and/or cautions and concerns....
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