Last week I’d written a post with tips on how to take advantage of attending the PMI Global Congress.  Now that I’ve arrived in Dallas to be part of the event and meeting up with friends and colleagues I’m reminded of yet another very important benefit that an event such as this provides.  This is related to the ability to be part of a community of like minded people who are coming together to share experiences, network, and ultimately advance the profession.

A friend commented yesterday that she is involved in multiple professional societies but for some reason coming to the PMI conference always feels like a home coming of sorts.  That’s not surprising for those of us who have been part of the organization for many years.  The professional relationships that we develop and the friendships that are created offer a dimension to the event that can not be captured on brochures or in videos.

For individuals who are taking part in the event for the first time, and volunteer leaders who participated in the Leadership Institute meeting, the person they might have met in the elevator, sat next to during a presentation, or stood in line with to get some coffee may very well become a long time friend and colleague.

While it is certainly great to develop new knowledge, gain insight into best practices, hear about new trends, and learn skills to apply on the job, ultimately the value that is gained is one that brings one into the community.