After nearly two years of disrupted work situations, more people are interested in attending live, in-person training seminars. ECTI has continuously provided a selection of virtual workshops during COVID-19 and we offer a wide range of online and remote learning opportunities. But as many of our past participants have noted, attending live ECTI seminars offer distinct advantages.
“I still say that the 4-Day ECTI seminar is the best “one-stop-shop” for compliance training! It’s great for the rookies out there (brand new to the field), and also for folks such as me, who have been in the field for a while. I always learn something new when I come.”
− Richard Fisher, Senior Analyst – Licensing and Agreements, Empowered Official/Eaton Aerospace Group
If you are thinking about attending an in-person ECTI seminar, there are several ways you can maximize your experience to gain the most benefits.
- Broaden Your Perspective of the U.S. Export Controls System
Participants often come to our live seminars with the focus of their particular work role and industry shaping their point of view. Our instructors and the content they present demonstrate just how complex and ever-changing the U.S. export controls system is. Meeting peers from other industries also helps attendees understand that potential risks may exist which they had not recognized previously. Attendees often note that group discussions, case studies, and one-on-one conversations with instructors and peers broaden their perspective and reinforce the knowledge and awareness they gain.
“Quite possibly the best and most informative training I’ve attended in my 33 years in aerospace.”
− Jim Snover, SVP – Quality/ Zodiac Aerospace
- Come Prepared with Questions for Your Instructors
Live seminars are the perfect opportunity for face-to-face dialogue and discussion with export compliance experts on the issues that concern our participants. To get the most from the session, come prepared with questions and seek advice from instructors on the issues that challenge you most.
Our instructors possess extensive depth and range of experience in both export control regulations and their implementation. They are widely respected experts in the field of export compliance and have spent years in interpreting and applying the rules.
Live seminars provide many opportunities for instructors and participants to share informal discussions on topics of concern. Our instructors make a point of answering individual questions during the program and being available for conversations with attendees at breaks, lunch, and before and after class.
“Presenters are extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Real world knowledge and practice guidance! I really enjoy the conference (3rd time attending) and always learn something new.”
− Bryon Relyea, Sr. Trade & Import Compliance Specialist, Avantor
- Enjoy Uninterrupted Time to Sharpen Your Focus
Let’s face it – for many of us, COVID-19 has made work much more challenging over the past two years. Many people have been dealing with remote, hybrid, or reconfigured work situations that often drain energy and challenge the balance of work and family commitments. As a result, live seminars enable many participants to step out of their daily lives and spend a few days completely focused on the export compliance topics we present. They find that they can concentrate better, with improved retention and understanding, and they leave our live seminars re-energized and more focused from the experience.
- Share in Discussions with Your Peers
A distinct advantage of live seminars is the opportunity for exposure to peers from different companies, industries, and government agencies. Participants find that meeting people who have similar roles in different fields enables them to recognize similar challenges and share potential solutions to emerging issues. Many participants comment that discussions with peers often lead to a better understanding and appreciation for the complexity of export controls at their own company.
- Use Case Studies to Test Your Knowledge and Share Ideas
Collaborating with other participants on case study assignments is always more interesting and beneficial than going it alone. Other participants bring their unique perspective and experience to the project and aid in expanding your point of view and frame of reference. By teaming with other participants from different industries and backgrounds on real-world case studies, attendees often find new solutions to shared challenges and issues.
- Learn from Different Industries and Emerging Trends
Many participants find that they benefit greatly by learning more about related industries that may impact their company’s export controls and policies. New issues may be emerging in some industries that also could affect your company’s export compliance program in the future. Having exposure to export compliance professionals from other industries enables participants to anticipate trends and remain alert to the changing landscape of export compliance.
- Network to Build Professional Relationships
ECTI seminars attracts participants from many different companies, government agencies, and other organizations. At live seminars, participants have exposure to export compliance professionals whom they otherwise would not meet in their day-to-day work, and many attendees have been successful in building lasting professional relationships with their peers. These relationships often grow and strengthen over time as they share ideas and questions among their contacts. Live seminars also enable participants to meet potential hiring managers who may offer new career opportunities while they build their credentials and expertise.
Safety and Health Protocols Protect All Our Seminar Participants
Throughout the pandemic, ECTI has remained committed to protecting the health and safety of our customers and employees. We closely follow CDC guidelines and adhere to safety and health protocols as issued by the states and municipalities where we hold live seminars. These protocols may include mask-wearing, social distancing, frequent disinfection, and limited classroom capacities to promote the health and safety of our valued participants. All attendees are required to follow our event safety protocols to protect themselves and other participants.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow CDC guidelines as they change. Be assured that we are committed to meet or exceed applicable guidelines or requirements to ensue the safety and well-being of all our attendees and speakers.
Do you have questions about the benefits of live, in-person export compliance training? Visit www.learnexportcompliance.com to learn about our company, our faculty, our staff and our esteemed Export Compliance Professional (ECoP®) certification program. To find upcoming e-seminars, live seminars and live webinars, and to browse our catalog of 80-plus on-demand webinars, visit our ECTI Academy. You also can call the Export Compliance Training Institute at 540-433-3977 for more information.
Scott Gearity is President of ECTI, Inc.