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Marina World HEAD OFFICE MAILING ADDRESS & SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, UK Editor Carol Fulford T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 F: +44 (0) 1621 855 867 E: carolfulford@marinaworld.co.uk Deputy Editor Charlotte Niemiec T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E:charlotteniemiec@marinaworld.co.uk Advertisement/Commercial Director Julia Hallam T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 F: +44 (0) 1621 855867 E: juliahallam@marinaworld.co.uk Administration Manager Corinna Francis T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: corinnafrancis@marinaworld.co.uk Finance Manager Magdalena Charman T: +44 (0) 1403 733678 E: accounts@marinaworld.co.uk Advertisement Production Nick Hing T: +44 (0) 1323 490384 E: adstudio@marinaworld.co.uk NORTH AMERICAN OFFICE Sales Director Americas Philippe Critot PO Box 29759, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0759, USA T: +1 323 660 5459 F: +1 323 660 6030 E: pcritot@marinaworld.com FRENCH OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Catherine Métais T: +33 6 60 17 75 81 E: c.metais@parisrai.com ITALIAN OFFICE Advertisement Representative Ediconsult Internazionale srl piazza Fontane Marose 3, 16123 Genoa, Italy T: +39 010 583 684 F: +39 010 566 578 E: genova@ediconsult.com CHINESE OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Simon Ding Bridge International Holding, Rm. 401, Building A, No. 55 Jinyu Road, Minhang District. 201103 Shanghai, China T: +86 21 33231328 F: +86 21 33231366 E: simon@chcbiz.com Marina World (ISSN 1471-5856) is published bi-monthly by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. The 2018 US annual subscription price is 0. Airfreight and mailing in the USA by agent named Air Business Ltd, c/o Worldnet Shipping Inc., 156-15 146 th Avenue, 2 nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Periodicals postage paid in Jamaica NY 11431. US Postmaster: Please send address changes to MARINA WORLD, c/o Worldnet Shipping, Inc., 156-15, 146 th Avenue, 2 nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Subscription records are maintained at Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. Air Business Ltd acts as Loud & Clear Publishing’s mailing agent. Marina World is available on subscription at the following cost: 1 year (6 issues) - £80.00 Sterling (0) 2 years (12 issues) - £140.00 Sterling (0) No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior permission of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, the copyright owners. Upon application, permission may be freely granted to copy abstracts of articles on condition that a full reference to the source is given. Printed in the UK by Stephens & George © 2018 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. IRL or URL? If you are a regular conference attendee, you understand that there is value in face-to-face or IRL (In Real life) networking. But it’s sometimes a tough decision to find the time, pay the fee and face the aggravations of international (and often domestic) travel in an increasingly security-conscious world. Is it truly beneficial? Thom Singer (www.thomsinger.com), a professional speaker who is known as the ‘Conference Catalyst’, acknowledges that it’s easy to ‘talk yourself out’ of attending annual meetings year after year. In MasterCard Business Network Blog, he writes: “business owners are busy, so the thought of taking a few days away from the office to participate in a conference, trade show, convention or seminar can seem like a waste of time. However, these live meetings might be just what you need to uncover new ways to grow your business. “Many think that being around competitors can be a waste of time, or worse, a chance for others to steal their ideas. But not everyone in your business is actually a competitor, as many can be allies and friends. The mindset you choose about participating in events will impact your results,” he adds. Singer gives five reasons for attending a conference: • educational opportunities - “no matter how experienced you are at your business, everyone can learn. Working in a small business venture can often be isolating, and without exposure to a variety of points of view, we can miss new trends that can impact future results.” • Networking with peers - “avoiding peers for fear of others discovering your competitive advantage can actually limit your own success. Collaboration is the way to approach networking.” • Meeting new vendors and suppliers – “industry suppliers are some of the best people for you to get to know if you want to learn more about the current business climate.” • Positioning yourself as an expert – “when you are active in your industry, you can develop a reputation as an expert to your peers and your clients. Like it or not, others like to associate with the experts in any industry.” • Have fun – “being in business should be rewarding and fun…Industry conferences can add a layer of enjoyment to managing your career growth by mixing a social aspect into your learning and industry branding efforts.” He sums up, “Many falsely believe that since they can now access industry information via the internet that the days of the live meeting are gone. The truth is, meetings are more important than ever. The value in meetings comes from the human-to-human connections that occur…It is the people that bring the ROI to your time at a conference.” Don’t be an armchair networker, see you at the next conference! Carol Fulford Editor FROM THE EDITOR www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2018 5

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