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19 reasons to come along to #FIGT2019 in Bangkok (Families in Global Transition)


19 reasons to come to #FIGT2019 in Bangkok

(Why you must plan to attend and bring a friend)

Rachel Yates – Master of Ceremonies at  FIGT 

If other conferences have left you a little-disillusioned then attending #FIGT2019 is a must!

 #FIGT2019 is an incredible event where you meet loads of new connections, personally grow and speak to experts in the field of global movement around the world. There is still time to submit a proposal or even get a scholarship to attend #figt2019

I feel magic happens when insightful people hang out and share what they are working on right now. So to help convince you that this is the conference you need to be at, I have come up with 19 reasons why you should head over to Bangkok and join us at FIGT.

1. You’ll know about new research before anyone else.

FIGT has woven research throughout the whole conference. There is always very cutting edge research shared. The researchers ask you to give feedback and next steps.

2. You can choose your learning adventure by picking which sessions you want to attend.

Several days of incredible conversations!  There are many concurrent sessions across the days, showcasing so many stories. Get specific on your goals, then design your learning adventure.

 3. It’s for the global population, by the worldwide community.

The FIGT board has unparalleled expertize in supporting people around the world.

4. FIGT attendees are global experts.

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My traveling shoes

FIGT has been going on for 20+ years now.  It is compelling and engaging. You will be welcomed by people who are genuinely glad to see you.

5. A lot of opportunities to make new best friends.

FIGT is renowned for the potential of meeting new connections, bringing new resources into your projects, or even starting new ideas. I know FIGT is one of the best events to connect with others authentically.

6. You are the expert.

Every presenter will end their presentation with a Q & A and ask the group for input. Your opinion and experience matters.  You can gather around the central conference area for sessions to hear from people sharing their passion. Mixing younger and tenured presenters also provide a unique opportunity for mentoring among participants.

 7. It’s enjoyable so bring your team – this enables greater knowledge absorption.

There are welcome receptions, snacks, there are food stations, and there’s entertainment. FIGT believes learning and sharing should be fun.

As a team, employees can talk about and plan around a strategy for the event. Having a larger group attend #FIGT also allows individuals to take a ‘divide and conquer’ approach to the program, share notes and explore resources that might be otherwise missed. It also encourages a dialog around the sessions, speakers, and topics that will likely lead to a greater overall understanding and appreciation for the content.

 8. Great speakers.

Many of the speakers you have heard of before, but they also have many you haven’t heard of before. I love that and think of them as our anonymous extraordinaires. Everyone who takes the stage is working on something tangible to improve the lives of the global population.

9. It’s affordable.

I believe in the power of opportunity amplified through great professional contacts. FIGT can make a significant impact on your life. Some people only attend one day, but for many, we participate in the whole conference.

After a full day – Get ready to do it all again. Different speakers, lots of side surprises and healthy snacks to keep you going. It doesn’t matter what stage of relocation you’re involved in; there’s something for every attendee in every session each day of #FIGT2019.

Financially speaking, it often feels like an expensive proposition to send a large group of people to a conference. But in truth, sending a team will help cut professional development cost in the long run for organizations committed to providing annual opportunities for their employees.  Additionally, FIGT will offer discounted registration rates for groups.

10. It’s optimistic and focusses on the great work happening around the world.

Everyone is a legend at FIGT. It’s like a big family gathering. A respect-filled room full of people who love global lives, love change and respect each other. What you will hear are beautiful, hopeful stories of making lives better for people across the world.

11. FIGT helps solidify learning and professional growth.

FIGT believes in what they are doing, and so this is an event full of character. Some people say, “You’ll be a better person as a result of attending this event.”

Attending #FIGT2019 is a powerful way to develop new skills, catch up on the latest trends, spark inspiration, rekindle passion, hear from experts and more.

12. A global gathering.

You can make powerful connections, engage with professionals in curated small group sessions, experience innovations, learn a considerable amount, and of course do it all while having a great time.

 13. It’s in one of the most magnificent cities in the world.

Our friends at NIST have partnered with FIGT to make sure you have a brilliant few days immersed in the city I love too. Bangkok can be a magical place.

The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, opposite the Grand Palace. It is a must-see sight in Bangkok as the architectural design is unique to that of the other temples in Thailand’s capital. Don’t forget The Grand Palace. It was built in 1782 and once the home of the Thai King, the royal court and the administrative seat of government, Bangkok’s Grand Palace is the most glorified and world-renowned landmark in the capital.

Throw in Soi Cowboy and Khao San Road for people who want a fun nightlife, and you can see why Bangkok ranks as a must visit location!

14. FIGT is personable, and they do good.

Everyone zealously works toward bettering the conditions under which others live around the world. We look to amplify the impact of organizations that are showcased at FIGT.  Our members will be sharing their stories, and you can find out how you can work with them to improve outcomes in your personal and professional life.

15. We all love to travel, so it is easy to share your current situation and location.

Some members travel from as far away from Asia as you can image. Some people can ride the water taxi to the conference since they live near the Chao Phraya River. Everyone has a story to share that involves travel. So that is a win!

16. Tea.

Yep. Tea. Or coffee or Cha Yen (Thai iced tea), whatever is your standard go to drink in the morning. Grab it and join in the fun.

17. It’s the best gathering of “globals” in the world.

FIGT make participants feel amazing. Get excited by the people and stories in the room, remember to make it personal and have a fantastic time. Attend the conference with your team to strengthen your company culture and foster team-building. FIGT will help inspire shared excitement and passion around work-related topics.

18. We’ve got heaps of home-grown talent. 

I will be excited to see which experts show up from Asia; I hope to hear from all the educators around Bangkok. NIST International School in Bangkok, where #FIGT2019 will be held is a school that recognizes the impact of global transitions and aims to help its students build resilience for these transitions. Additional schools in the greater Bangkok area should also highlight all the great work they do with their global population.

19. It’s the one conference that you make plans to attend the next year while you are still in this year’s conference.

 

Personal Highlights of past #FIGT conferences 

FIGT16 – “Moving Across Cultures: Bringing Empathy and Expertise to the Evolving Global Family”  Julia Simens panel Stories you need to tell

Stories we need to Tell – FIGT16NL

You can find this talk here.

FIGT15 –  “Finding ‘Home’ Amidst Global Change,”  – Panel of Dudes

Led by author Chris O’Shaughnessy, with panelists Tayo Rockson, Grant Simens and Niels Ota, this was a humorous and insightful session. Here are some of their gems of wisdom:

Life lessons from growing up as a TCK:

  • “Finding myself in the unexpected position of being a teacher.” – Tayo Rockson
  • “Don’t say goodbye to the people that matter. It’s important to make an effort to stay in contact with and see friends.” – Grant Simens

On social media:

  • “Use it as a connecting tool.” – Grant Simens
  • “Use it in moderation… don’t forget to connect in person.” – Niels Ota
  • “Use it to create platforms and business – it allows you to be uniquely positioned to travel and still have a business.” – Tayo Rockson

FIGT14 – “The Global Family: Redefined”   – Beloved Stranger by Julia Simens

If you are interested in the presentation, you can find it here.

  • Flor Garcia
    September 9, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Great read! Attending FIGT 2018 and speaking about the voices of many Latin American families abroad was a once-in-life time opportunity I will never forget! People should really make an effort to attend these gatherings that promote real global awareness and networking.