Don’t miss out on the CIPS Conference 2011

29 September 2011
The exciting line-up of sessions from award-winning experts, senior professionals and business leaders makes the CIPS Conference 2011 an event not to be missed. But if circumstances stop you attending, you will still be able to follow the action at this year’s event online. Supplymanagement.com will be hosting a live blog on the 6 October on the homepage, providing up-to-the-minute highlights of the key presentations, the juiciest quotes and the backstage gossip (so to speak). Although you will miss out on the networking opportunities with peers and suppliers and the opportunity to quiz our expert speakers in person, you will still be able to interact - asking questions, taking part in live polls and giving your opinions. The twitterarti among you can also get involved with the live blog. By using the hashtag #cipsconf you can share your views on the event if you are in the audience at Kings Place or stuck in the office. The hashtag will allow us to separate your comments on the conference from those you are making about contestants on the X-Factor or Strictly Come Dancing. If you have thoughts that can be condensed into 140 characters (including #cipsconf) then please send them. If you’re not on Twitter, the live blog will allow you to post comments in real-time, and provides an email address for those who want to send more reflective or detailed views, opinions and/or rants. With that in mind, here’s a few ideas and topics that might lend themselves to conference related tweets or messages.
  • Strong quotes. Whether it's from a speaker or disgruntled audience member, if you hear something that makes you think, chuckle or reassess your purchasing strategy, let us know.
  • Questions/feedback. If you have any questions during a session, don’t be afraid to speak up during the Q&A session. If you aren't able to, or don’t think of it until later in the day, we want to know.
  • What prompted you to get into procurement? It might be that you saw an inspirational buyer speak at lower school, or you have a strong passion for increasing the efficiency of public spending. Give us your reasons.
  • Worst part of the job. Every career has its mundane aspects. So if you can’t do without your morning coffee or want to rant about the profession’s meaningless jargon, please share it with us.
  • The strangest thing you've bought. As professional buyers, you've bought a lot of stuff. We want to know what the strangest purchase you've ever made is.
But most importantly, enjoy the Conference – we will see you there.
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