I made connections at eTail, even when I wasn’t in the sessions.
I liked eTail because the structure and location are much more conducive to organic networking. The way that the conference was set up, you could go and sit at the bar and still wind up talking to somebody interesting. There were people there while I was just eating dinner, and when I noticed they were also at the conference, we started talking and learning things. I’ve been to a handful of other conferences where the networking sessions feel too forced, but it didn’t feel that way at eTail. At other events, networking feels like you are just superficially introducing yourself, so the ability to meet people more organically at eTail was special. If you wanted to be part of the sessions and listen in, then you went to the actual meeting rooms and the exhibit halls. If you decided you just needed to take a break, I still found that I’d see colleagues and we could start a conversation, even if we were just there taking a phone call or a rest in between sessions.