CK@CM

 

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This year CM was a relatively new experience for me.

When I was working in academia, my research interests moved around quite a lot over the years I was publishing, which oddly enough meant that I never  attended the same conference twice. This meant that most of the time I was at conferences I’m was seeking people out to learn from them, to get questions about their work answered and, occasionally, to try and get a job from them.

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However, I’ve been going to Communication Matters National Conference pretty regularly.  Communication Matters is a UK organisation that aims to increase understanding, awareness and knowledge of the needs of people with complex communication needs.  Their yearly conference is something I’ve blogged about before.

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Because I’ve been going to CM quite regularly, my approach to conferences has had to change. This year I had a long list of people to see, but it was all people to thank – I had to track down suppliers who had lent us equipment, I had to follow up with people who had written feature articles for me, I met up with people who had supported various ideas and projects (both successful ones seen on the blog, and some that never even made it that far). In all honesty I barely got time to visit any presentations at all because I spent all my time thanking people.  It was lots of fun.

 

In the midst of all of this, Kate and I gave a presentation about Communikate (it was one of about five live presentations that Kate was doing over the weekend).  We introduced it formally, – but talk itself felt a little bit like a groom’s wedding speech: we had so many people to thank  (Many of whom where present).

A nice touch was that all the manufactures that were present donated a device for us to show CommuniKate on. Table shot Hummm the table   FullSizeRender

 

 

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