It is amazing how much inspiration you can get out of meeting colleagues from all over the world at one conference. During the bi-annual meeting of Interact Law in London in the beginning of May, I found out again that actually meeting each other in person, is the best way to cooperate.
Sure, I love my iPhone: it gives a notice every second someone sends me a message, whether it’s by mail, Whatsapp, LinkedIn or any other social medium I use.
Sure, I love the conference calls in which our board members from all over the world make appointments, design services together and speak each other in the most efficient way.
Sure, I enjoy travelling the world behind my laptop and discovering new worlds without moving even one meter.
Results of the London Conference of Interact Law
But honestly, nothing beats a real meeting every now and then. I will state my argument with some actual results of two days London (in a nutshell):
- Inspiring presentations of six (!) new member-firms
- A challenging workshop about leadership in professional service firms
- Knowledge sharing on actual legal themes (e.g. big data, privacy)
- Great discussions on what medium size law firms need to succeed
- An intensive co-creation session about common commercial goals
Old friendships revived
The above mentioned hard results are achieved thanks to ‘the fuel’ of the great dinners and lunches we had together. I found the conversations with such inspiring people, talking about work, their families back home, the way they live, each of them in different parts of the world, maybe as valuable as the hard results. Not to mention the old friendships that revived and the new friendships that aroused and many other inspiring social activities. It made this business conference a success, and it assured my idea that one conference is worth a thousand calls.