Picture what you were doing in the beginning of this New Year…
Was it sitting in, finishing the last of the leftovers from your Christmas banquet? Preparing yourself mentally and physically to get back into the swing of normality? Or were you one of the lucky ones to attend this year’s SITE Global Conference in Thailand?
No matter what you were doing, it’s probably fair to say it was a far cry from the excitement that attendees of SITE’s Global Conference were experiencing in Bangkok.
The lucky few attending one of the most anticipated events of 2019 are all in bedazzling Bangkok and you’re in doleful Dublin witnessing the celebrations from across the world. Welcome to my experience of the SITE Global Conference 2019.
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If you have been following our posts, you'll learn that artist Phil Hansen created an exercise for all SITE delegates yesterday. Here's the big reveal! We were amazed by his capture of Nobel prize winner Malala. #SITEGC #SITEGCBKK2019 #REDEFINE #Businesseventsthailand #TCEB #THAILAND #Incentives #Meetings #SITEprofs #MeetingProfs #EventProf @siteglobal
One speaker at the conference was so inspirational that he could have sweetened the bitter taste from any of my bitter morning coffees. Artist, Phil Hansen delivered a keynote session entitled “Embrace the Shake”. The term comes from Phil’s personal story of transformation. After developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand, Phil embraced his “shake” both physically and metaphorically by redefining his limitation as an impetus for creativity.
Although I was watching it on a computer screen, in another time zone and through the viewpoint of social media snippets – this keynote speaker’s message was delivered powerfully; we can rise above any challenge and embrace the shake.
2018 President Annamaria Ruffini, CIS, CITP, CMP, passing the reigns to the 2019 SITE President, Philip Eidsvold, CIS, CITP.
Discovering temples, flower markets and more in Bangkok!
Elephants hand painted by #MICEprofs and sold at auction to raise funds for ECPAT and an elephant sanctuary.
As #incentiveprofs and #meetingprofs made their journies home and I welcomed my colleagues back
with open arms to reality, I hoped that this state of missing out would have resolved my mental health, at least until next year.
Brilliant in Bangkok! 🤩 Thank you to SITE Global for a hugely inspiring conference bringing the incentive community together from across the world. #SITEUnite #SITEGC #SITEGCBKK2019 #SITEScotland @Incentivescot pic.twitter.com/ZUVWGwt0Zf— Emily Shields (@EmilyBritannia) January 14, 2019
Let the show begin! Tuk Tuk Tour around Bangkok @SITEGlobal Conference. We are looking forward to show you what SITE and our Thailand team have prepared for the next days.— Pacific World (@PacificWorldDMC) January 11, 2019
Glad to be the Cultural Immersion Sponsor! Looking for unconventional? Stay tuned! #SITEGC #SITEGCBKK2019 pic.twitter.com/4DF4lsYTgS
However, it seems that the haunting reluctance I gained from not attending this year’s SITE global conference only WORSENED as my office friends arrived back from Bangkok to regale me, up close and personal, in real time, with their stories. The FOMO goes on…
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