Once in a while, I mention that I am attending Pittcon 2014r, as I attend it every year it is held in Chicago. But that has changed.
Unfortunately, events have suddenly come up that keep me from attending, after all. While I have contacted each person with whom I had specific plans, I know there were quite a number of people to whom I casually said things like, “Hey, maybe we can get together at Pittcon?,” and similar suggestions that would lead them to think that I’m interested in getting together with them at Pittcon 2014.
While I would definitely like to be getting together with these people, and I regret that I won’t get to see them and spend time with them and, in some cases, their products, I have to admit that I’m not going to miss Pittcon, itself. In the past, I think I’ve openly admitted that I attend Pittcon more for the social aspects of seeing people I rarely see than I do to gather any information. In fact, this year, I didn’t even bother signing up for a presentation nor did I volunteer to do a networking session. It just isn’t a good fit for my business and I’m not sure if I’ll attend the next time it’s in Chicago, either.
Thinking about possibly never again attending Pittcon makes me feel wistful. It seems like the end of some kind of era for my business, but I don’t know that it’s going to have any real effect on my business. I’m just feeling a bit disappointed that I won’t see the people I’d been looking forward to seeing, is all that it is for me.