Unless you’re new to this blog, you know that in addition to managing technical things at a small insurance company, I am a member of AIIM. What you might not know is that for the Chapter year that began July 1, 2012, I am responsible the events that the New England chapter of AIIM will produce. Most of our events are in the greater Boston area, but we will be stepping into CT and perhaps western MA. We will be holding a variety of events, some social, some educational and we could use some help. Our event schedule is almost complete, and we are planning events around the following topics:
- Social Media use inside the organization
- SharePoint’s content management, and process improvement features
- AIIM and AIIM New England
- Records Management
- Training for AIIM’s Certified Information Professional Certificate
Some of these events will involve seminar style presentations by people with expertise in the topic area. Some will involve panel discussions and some will mix the two styles. We are currently looking for speakers/panelists, sponsors and of course, attendees. What can you expect in exchange for filling one of these roles? I’m glad you asked:
Speakers – AIIM Chapter events are fun, and you’re the star. In many cases, we can adapt our program to fit your message; if you need more time, you got it. If you prefer something less formal than talking off a slide deck, talk to us. If you have a product you want to feature – AND you have a customer who will talk about it – we want to hear from you. Once you agree to participate, we will talk about you in our marketing, on our website, in our blogs, in Twitter, on Facebook and we will continue talking about you as long as you continue to be interesting.
Sponsors – In addition to the blogging, Twitter chatter, Facebook liking and marketing material that you will be featured in and on, we will plaster your message across our website in a banner ad. We will also give you a few minutes during the event(s) you sponsor to speak directly to the audience. Our events also feature adequate time for networking. You can sponsor an individual event, a series of events or the entire Chapter program.
Attendees – AIIM Chapter events are a great way to explore and learn about topics of interest to you. Nobody is in a hurry to move to the next session, so there is adequate time to answer questions, have discussions, and dig into the details. Some of our 2011 events were characterized by 50% or more of audience interaction! In addition, since you are in your own backyard, the people you meet are more likely to be people you can connect with again face-to-face, as well as virtually.
Everybody at an AIIM Chapter event becomes part of the Chapter community. Not a virtual community, a real community, the kind where you might stop by to share a cup of coffee or a couple of beers after work. In fact, we will provide at least two events at which you can do just that. We will kick-off our program year with a social event in nearby Waltham, MA, and we also hold an Annual Holiday Social event. Last year, the Holiday Social was held at the Marriott in Newton, MA.
The New England Chapter is one of the oldest AIIM Chapters. We have numerous AIIM fellows, Distinguished Achievement Award holders and several of our members have served on the AIIM Board; in fact, at least one of our current members is a previous Chairman of the Association. AIIM NE is a storied Chapter and we are looking to continue writing history as we move through our 5th decade! Join us for an event; share your expertise with your neighbors, support a great program or come, listen and learn. You can reach me through this blog, ping me on Twitter, email through LinkedIn, or reach out to me through the Chapter contact points listed above. I hope to see you at an event in New England this year.