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July 29, 2010


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I love the concept. Wish I could be there.

I think you missed a big one, David. One reason "the truth" rarely comes out at these conferences is because the presenters' employers hold tight rein on what the presenter can and cannot say, what they can and cannot discuss.

It is, after all, the employers on whose dime these presenters attend. Those of us who would love to tell "the truth" and who, more often, are in a position to be able to do so can't afford to attend these conferences because our meager self-employment budgets don't allow it. And that assumes we even get on the agenda, which we usually don't, because conference organizers are not interested in putting self-employed, straight-talking consultants on the dais.

Besides, even many of us consultants who would love to tell "the truth" often can't do so because of confidentiality agreements with the companies that hire us, so the richness of our experience is never allowed to be shared.

So what you end up with is PR people who do what PR people unfortunately do best -- spin "the truth," try to make their clients look as good as possible, sacrificing any real learning for the sake of showing off.

It's a racket, indeed.

"presenters' employers hold tight rein on what the presenter can and cannot say, what they can and cannot discuss."

Yes, a good point here, Robert. Because the participants themselves will be the main presenters, I've got to remember to be absolutely clear that we expect full candor, and that they can expect complete discretion.

In short, what's said at Leadership Communication Days stays at Leadership Communication Days.

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