After an International Living conference, heads are swimming… That’s because we err on the side of information overload when giving presentations to our attendees.
It’s a mixed blessing—nobody wants too little information, but then again, the human brain can only absorb so much so fast.
This latest Fast Track Panama Conference was no exception, but three things stood out for me as I emceed the event in Panama City this week.
Those three “things” happen to be Jessica Ramesch, Margaret Summerfield, and Rainelda Mata-Kelly.
I call these three women my “Pillars of Panama” and for good reason. They’re a fountain of information when it comes to all things Panama…
Jessica covered the breadth and depth of Panama, taking us to nearly every corner of the country to get a bird’s eye view of the cities, towns, beaches, highlands, jungles, and mountain hideaways. Putting all her presentations together end to end would be one of the most comprehensive overviews of the country itself that I can imagine.
Margaret Summerfield, our friend from Pathfinder International, IL‘s preferred real estate advertiser, probably knows more about the ins, outs, pitfalls, and secrets of buying real estate overseas than anyone on the planet. She vets real estate developments and developers for a living, and as anyone who saw any of her presentations this week now knows, she is thorough with a capital “T.” And the fact that she lives in Panama makes her that much more familiar with what’s on offer here and what constitutes a bargain in almost any market in the country.
And I have a feeling Rainelda Mata-Kelly’s name is now writ in bold in the contact books of the majority of our conference attendees. Rainelda is a walking compendium of legal information on everything from visas, trusts, bank accounts, titles, fees, taxes… If you can name the topic, Rainelda addressed it during this conference. You’d expect the attention of an audience of 400+ to wander a bit at the mention of taxes and visas, but even on these subjects, Rainelda’s presentations had everyone’s undivided attention. That’s quite a trick, but I’ve seen her do it many times, and she did it again this week in Panama.
So when I say information overload is a mixed blessing, I say it from experience. It’s the experience of having dozens of attendees come up to me during networking breaks to 1) complain about how much information Jessica, Margaret, and Rainelda were dumping on them, and 2) thank me profusely for it and ask me to thank Jessica, Margaret, and Rainelda for everything they provided.
Occasionally I have to calm someone down… they’re certain they’ve missed something vital from one of our “Pillars of Panama” and start to panic a little. But I remind them that we record all the presentations (and there are at least 20 other excellent presenters), along with all PowerPoint presentations, for all conference attendees and make them available to them after the conference. They never lose a word or a chart or a photo from any of our presenters, the “Panama Pillars” included.
That brings a lot of comfort to overloaded conference attendees. Their heads are certainly swimming by the end, but they wouldn’t have it any other way, and they won’t miss out on a word.
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