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2018 September October Marina World

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MARINA EVENTS Field trips (left) and major industry conferences (below) are the best places to learn, share and network. To go or not to go by Oscar Siches In the March/April 2018 issue of Marina World, the editor quoted the thoughts of US professional speaker Thom Singer about the importance of direct human contact as opposed to tapping “like”, “link”, “share” or “follow” on our PCs or mobiles. This may not sound like a big deal, but it is. Lots of people feel secure if they have access to the Internet, the mother of all knowledge and the source of electronic wings that keep us together: the Internet offers up all the information we need. But people who believe this are on their way to a Diogenes syndrome: less and less direct contact with other human beings. Not only do too many people experience anxiety if there is no screen to hand for them to check on who’s contacting them, but their thinking process also switches to the general preference of interacting on the go with the rest of the world through electronic gadgets. The ultimate life saver is not a blood transfusion any more, but a fully loaded Li-ion battery. When we assess a trade conference and decide whether to attend or not, there are a few factors that influence our decision: cost, content (including qualified speakers) and networking possibilities. I only cite these three because the other reason Singer mentioned, and one to which I give high value - having fun - will not be accepted by people who think that knowledge (or the appearance of being knowledgeable) involves being serious. That approach, unfortunately, has many followers. Some weeks ago, while discussing a promising Far East marina project with the managing director of a marina development company, I asked him if he would be attending the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) in Athens in October. He said no: the conference wasn’t good value; the same speakers were talking about the same topics; nothing really attracted him to the event. I mentioned that this year the conference has made drastic changes in terms of content and organisation; speakers were covering issues that, if not 100% affecting marinas yet, would no doubt influence marina design and operations in the near future; and that the tour of marina facilities on the second day, (the sandwich day) – a practice that has proved successful in events in Singapore and Australia – made for excellent networking. What disappointed me is that the absence of such knowledgeable people like him create, in part, the missing value they themselves complain about. When you have reached a position in any industry, you have a moral obligation to share your knowledge with the next generation. You do not go to events just to learn or profit any more, you go to let young or inexperienced operators approach you, make contact, have a chat, because that is the way knowledge has been transmitted for thousands of years and it cannot be replaced by an app. In January this year, the Australiabased Association of Marina Industries (AMI) organised a tour of several marinas in Europe. The trip involved three days in the south of England, and two days in Mallorca, Spain. As the Mallorca coordinator, I was a little nervous, because when you have participated in a lot of these types of events all around the world, you know how easy it is to devise a monotonous drive-and-walk-through of similar marinas. The programme was to visit three very different facilities during the first day and on the second, a large boatyard, a “city marina”, and finally one that is starting a four-year renewal project next October. From the original group of seven attendees, three cancelled and, at 0830 on a Thursday morning in June, two marina managers, an MIA official and a COO of a very well-known international marina consultancy firm boarded the minibus. I knew the COO and one of the marina managers well, very well, and www.marinaworld.com - September/October 2018 27

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