One of my colleagues has a mantra before every major event: Expect the unexpected. This was certainly true at NASCA’s annual conference in October, with a twist. You should expect the expected, but in an unexpected way. The conference theme this year was the, “the Velocity of Change” and true to theme, on October 13 (a Friday, of course) things at this event changed at a breakneck pace.
Dan, one of NASCA’s executive committee members, arrived as an enthusiastic soon-to-be-dad. Prior to our event, he mentioned this was his last out of state travel for the year as the due date for his firstborn was about a month away. Throughout the week, his excitement was evident. For instance, during an ice breaker, members were warming up with a reciprocity circle activity. With butcher paper taped along the main wall, attendees wrote both personal and professional ‘asks’ on sticky notes, and then respond below when they could offer help. Questions like, “Does anyone have a template or research on X issue?” and “Where is the best place for a long run near our hotel?” peppered the room. I smiled when I saw scrawled on a pink sticky note, “Any advice for a soon to be father? – Dan.” Several of the attendees wrote messages of congrats and “Come see me.”