The sum is greater than the parts

That phrase I used as a title for today’s blog post sums up, to the best of my ability, what I think of Faffcon. It’s been a bit over a week since I returned home from Faffcon 3. My head is still buzzing and swimming from all that I experienced and learned there. It’s almost impossible to explain Faffcon to someone who hasn’t attended at least one, because from the outside it sounds like it would be chaotic. I mean, you show up and there’s no set agenda? You don’t even know who is going to be speaking, much less what they’ll be talking about?

Exactly. And this is a big part of the reason that the sum of Faffcon is greater than the parts. Each of us who was there at Faffcon 3 had something valuable to contribute; but the value received (at least for me) was far more than I expected. The sessions that I attended were all enlightening and helpful. I took copious notes and have all ready been putting into practice a number of the things I learned.

But, as has been the case with each of the previous Faffcons, the top highlight experience for me took place in a personal conversation away from the sessions. Other highlights took place while helping behind the scenes to be sure that things were set-up and running smoothly. Another joy was watching my son Eric and my daughter Karen pitch in and volunteer to help every place they could.

Watching and listening as people shared what they knew, or what they hoped to learn, was gratifying. Seeing virtual light bulbs burst into radiance again and again as people found nuggets of wisdom or gave nuggets of insight. These are just some of the things that make Faffcon the unique and wonderful experience that it is.

At the heart of Faffcon is the amazing Amy Snively. Yes, there are lots of people who help, most especially Pam Tierney and Connie Terwilliger; but it’s Amy’s vision that got this thing rolling and her amazing grasp of what it needs that keeps it moving forward.

Faffcon 4 will be March 23-25, 2012 in Ventura Beach, California. If you’re a working professional in voiceover, I hope you’ll start making plans now to be there. Yes, it really will be that good.

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