What I Love About Pivot Forward

by Ian Doescher


Our annual Pivot Forward conference is a lot of work.  I mean, it’s a LOT of work.  From presentations to logistics with hotels and special outings, from doughnuts to LEGOs to napkins and nametags, throwing a conference for 50 people (not counting the Pivot staff) is a lot of work.

Every year for the last four years, around mid-August, it is possible, dear readers, that my wife Jennifer listens to me grumble about Pivot Forward.  But wait for it: then the actual event comes, and EVERYTHING CHANGES.  It is always such a delight to welcome people to Portland, to see the clients I’ve met many times and the faces I’ve only known by email.

Even more than that, without fail Pivot Forward provides some truly special moments.  From this year: relaxing with people at Skamania, tearful goodbyes to and appreciations of Rhonda Dukart, listening to two great guest speakers, playing with rubber and LEGOs, a Nerf gun battle with a few too many innocent bystander casualties, and many others.  One of my favorite moments was when I got to pretend for a second that my life is, in fact, a musical, and three willing (and hopefully happy) clients joined me in singing a little barbershop during dinner:

Thank you, everyone, for the wonderful memories.  No matter the work, it is worth it every time.  See you next year!

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