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Monday, January 18, 2010

Reflection on the Qwest QMarket Place Event Jan 2010

Each year, the Qwest QMarket Place Event is a time for us to visit with old coworkers, channel sales managers, visit with Agents and meet new companies in the Telecom business. This year we had a great time catching up, sharing business practices and learning about new technologies and strategies.

The format was slightly different this year, than past shows. The Product Fair was held on Thursday, during breakout sessions instead of Wednesday evening after the on boarding training. The disadvantage for partners attending the breakout sessions, was the inability to participate in the product fair, but it also made the product fair less congested, giving those who had specific product questions, the forum to have one-one time with specialists. It would have been great for our AC & SE Teams to have been there, as these relationships are crucial to the building of sales, process & business functions for each Agent.

We found the breakout sessions we attended were comprised of very useful information, experts in the area and there was a lot of time for not only understanding the technology / process, but also question answer sessions. This was very helpful for a deeper understanding of how Qwest is positioned in the market for new technology trends.

If you have ever considered attending the QMarketplace Event, but never taken advantage of the opportunity, I would recommend trying to attend next year. When planning, schedule yourself to arrive to Denver by 11am, on Wed, giving you time to meet your CSMs in the partner lunch, attend the on boarding (or refresher) and stay for the full event with Awards Dinner Thurs. Plan to either join the group on the ski trip or head home on Friday.

It would be great to meet those of you next year who were unable to attend!

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