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August 4, 2014
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Americas: One Person's "Lobby Rat" Is Another's Lost Learner Opportunity


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I had a conversation a while back with a friend who wants to participate in some fringe benefits of a professional association meeting, but who doesn't want to pay a registration fee for a meeting whose sessions, keynotes, and networking events she doesn't plan to attend or see any value in. Basically, she wants to go hang out and have interesting discussions with people she knows will be attending the meeting without actually attending the meeting. We struggled a little bit about the ethics—is it wrong to take advantage of all those interesting people being in one place at one time without participating in, and paying for, the event itself? We never did quite come up with an answer, but obviously we both felt uncomfortable enough with it to have that discussion.

Then I read Dave Lutz's recent post on Midcourse Corrections, the Velvet Chainsaw Consulting blog...

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