Having agreed to moderate an #eventprofs chat this evening, I thought I’d whip up a short, anonymous survey on #eventprofs’ life-work balance. I received 21 responses in the ten hours the survey was open, and here are the results:
1. How many days in a week do you normally work?
2. How many hours in a day do you normally work?
3. How many hours in a day do you spend traveling to work?
4. How do you feel about the amount of time you spend at work?
5. Do you ever miss out any quality time with your family or your friends because of pressure of work?
6. Does your organization offer any of the following options for work/life balance? Are there options you would like your organization to offer?
7. On a scale from 1 (extremely poor) to 10 (extremely satisfied), how would you rate your current work-life balance?
8. Please add any additional comments about your work-life balance here.
A few days ago during an #eventprofs chat I tweeted Cory Doctorow’s remark (made in 2006 in a boing-boing post): Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about. This inspired a variety of comments from such #eventprofs luminaries as @JeffHurt @MichaelMcCurry @lyksumlikrish @JaredGoldberg @camerontoth and @samuelsmith.
Here’s the point I was trying to make.
Sure, we need to have content at our events – something to talk about. But content is everywhere—I don’t need to go to an event to get content! If I never left my office again (now there’s a thought), as long as I paid my internet provider’s bill each month, I could choose, receive, and absorb content for the rest of my life.
And what a miserable life that would be.
I need connection, engagement, conversation to make my life meaningful. And, in my experience, so does most of the human race.
Content these days is ubiquitous. Face-to-face events are the places for powerful, life-changing connection and engagement. That’s why we need to make them the best possible environments for conversation we can. And when we do, our conversations will naturally encompass the content that is meaningful for us.