Ahead of our 10th SocialMedia.org Health Member Meeting, we're going to be spotlighting our top Member Meeting All Stars — members who've attended the most Member Meetings during their time in the community.
This week, we chatted with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Senior Associate of Social Media Kate Setter about her experience attending five SocialMedia.org Health Member Meetings over the past few years — plus what keeps her coming back.
How would you describe your first SocialMedia.org Health Member Meeting?
My first meeting was equal parts idea sharing, problem solving, therapy, and fun. The group was small then, but even in the beginning I remember feeling grateful to have access to and support from so many people who have experience with social media in healthcare.
What are some of the biggest insights or “aha” moments you've taken away from Member Meetings and applied to your program?
An “aha” that has been particularly helpful to me is the insight that nobody else has it completely together either. We're all constantly trying new things and no matter how well put-together another organization's communications are, they are solving problems and jumping hurdles just like we are.
What are some of your favorite activities or memories from past Member Meetings?
I love the emphasis that is put on meals during Member Meetings. It's important time to connect, catch up, and talk about what we've all heard during the meeting conversations. I really enjoy meals and activities that allow us to take part in unique experiences based on our locale.
Why do you make attending Member Meetings a priority?
I make Member Meetings a priority because they are a great time to take a break from everything else and just focus on learning from others and sharing what I know. I always leave feeling refreshed and full of new ideas. I usually have a new angle for solving a problem and I am always glad to have had a chance to spend time with people I've met at previous meetings and now consider friends.
What advice would you give to someone going to their first Member Meeting?
Try to go into it without expectations because it's unique and almost certainly won't be what you think it will. I have found that the more I give to the meetings, the more I get out of them, so share what you know and ask questions.
I'd also recommend disconnecting as fully as possible from what is happening back at the office. Make arrangements just as you would to be out on PTO for a couple of days so you can be as fully present as possible.
Meet members like Kate at Member Meeting 10 at UC Davis Health in Sacramento, October 15-16!
SocialMedia.org Health's 10th Member Meeting is coming up October 15-16, and it's going to be one of our best meetings yet — in large part to amazing social media leaders like Kate who not only bring incredible experience and insight to the conversations we have there, but warmth, generosity, and a healthy dose of fun.
We're so grateful for our All Stars and all our members who continue to make every meeting so special and unbelievably valuable. They're the reason this community has been thriving for over three years, and we can't wait for what's next.
Learn more about Member Meeting 10 here: https://socialmedia.org/health/meetings/mm10/