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Ski and Network 2019 - a gathering that brought together industry people in a fun, informal way!

Published on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Ski and Network 2019 took place last week, specifically from the 9th until the 14th of March in Liddes, a small mountain village in the Swiss Alps. This gathering brought together almost 50 participants from Ireland, Switzerland, Malta, France, Germany, UK, Belarus, Russia, Serbia, the Netherlands, China, Brazil and Ukraine.

People come up with better ideas and are more innovative when they are calm. The informal style of Ski and Network ensures that our guests have enough time to take a break from the stress of office life and meetings, unwind, and in the process, network in a more relaxing environment with other industry people. The same goes for all the other gatherings that Schools & Agents organises with our partners fRilingue, under the name of The Network Plus

During this year's gathering we took skiing lessons in the morning thanks to the experienced fRilingue ski instructors and we divided ourselves into 3 groups based on the skiing ability of each participants. We had participants who were complete beginners, and for who this was the very first time they had skied in all their lives, all the way to advanced and experienced skiers. These lessons generally went into the early evening. By 5pm everyone would be back at the Relais de Dranse, fRilingue's mountain chalet which hosted all of us. 

This year we introduced industry discussions in the evening after dinner, something which was a huge success! Once again this was done in a very informal manner where we just gathered round a table with a nice glass of wine and spoke about common challenges and how best to overcome them. This year's discussions included a talk led by Ryan Turner, an experienced Business Coach who helped us focus on the message that we are sending to our clients; as Schools & Agents we ran a workshop on how to use Social Media in our industry on the third day; and finally, our partner and colleague Korinne Algie from Korinne Algie International Education Marketing ran a very interesting and highly-engaging workshop on SEO for the Education Travel Industry.

As you can see, during this gathering we got to share experiences, we learned from each other, and at the end of the 5 days we all came back home better skiers and better professionals! Here are some snapshots from the 2019 Ski and Network event which was kindly sponsored by International insurance that ensured that all participants stay safe on the slopes.  

We would like to take this opportunity to announce that our next gathering will take place in Ireland, where we will practice some surfing :) Would you like to find out more this? Drop us a line and as always we'll be happy to get back to you!

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