I have asked myself this question a number of times since 16th April, when it was announced, at the last conference, that the Association for NLP (ANLP) would be taking over the running of this important event in the NLP calendar!
And the answer is always the same…because NLP makes a difference.
Therefore the NLP Community matters and deserves to be supported, nurtured and grown into something which can make an even bigger and better difference. Which is the very reason ANLP exists in the first place! At least there is congruence in our thinking.
In April 2016, when the Conference was in danger of being the last one ever held, Michael Hall, Co-Leader of the NLP Leadership Summit said at that point “…there was a consensus that this Conference is one of the few English-speaking Conferences left and too important to stop. It is one of the few places that offers a gathering place for NLP…so encourage everyone you influence to attend next year.”
So we made the intuitive decision to take the conference over from Anglo American Books, who were stepping back having done a fantastic job over the past 6 years, in challenging economic times. Our task now is to build on the solid platform we have been given and to generate awareness and interest in the NLP Community and to motivate everyone within that community to help shape how NLP evolves in the future.
The Conference is not just a place to come and listen. It is a place where people can exchange ideas, discuss areas of collaboration and make new business and personal connections. Many long-standing friendships have been born during the Conference and it is our intention to encourage these feelings of camaraderie and bonhomie whilst giving delegates what they want to see and hear…how NLP is making a difference.
Within hours of taking over the conference, we announced dates for 2017 and 2018 so that delegates could get the dates in their diary…and then we trusted that we would then find a venue to accommodate our desires!
by Karen Moxom