Most of us work with, or belong to, membership organisations but sometimes I think it’s worth reminding ourselves of exactly why we do it.

Two years ago I joined the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) as a Full Member.  I did this because I’m in a specialist conference organising role and there were challenges that I was facing in my day to day work that I wanted to talk to others about outside of my day-to-day work life.

After two years I’m confident that I made the correct decision and I continue to be a member for the following reasons:

  • A sense of commonality and camaraderie from other members
  • A “safe space” in which to discuss operational and potentially delicate matters
  • Opportunities to network amongst other organisers and specialist suppliers
  • Opportunities for specialist continued professional education

I think we would all do well sometimes to remember that these reasons are not peculiar to me, or the events industry, but they represent the reasons why most of us join membership organisations in the first place.