It's important to take time away from the phones every day so you can dedicate your brainpower to analyzing trends, conducting trends, and working proactively to grow and improve your skills.

And sometimes, you have to hit the books to get better at your job. Luckily, though, instead of going back to school, you can do that at a conference over just a couple of days.

Conferences, forums, and workshops are a great way to brush up on your skills, learn new ones, and hear from thought leaders and expert practitioners in your industry. Plus, you can use the opportunity to meet and network with peers within the customer success community.

So, once you find some time in your schedule, find an event that looks interested from this comprehensive list. We've organized these events in chronological order and by region — so whether you're in North America, Europe, or the Asia-Pacific region, you'll be able to find an inspiring and educational event coming up soon.

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North America

1. DX Summit

Date: November 4-6, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL

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DX Summit is a digital customer experience strategy summit with an emphasis on leadership, vision, and culture. Hosted by CMSWire, an outlet that covers digital customer experience and marketing technologies, workshops and breakout sessions will ensure attendees are getting the latest insights from the experts.

Notable Speaker: Katrina Taylor, Senior Adviser of Digital Experience at World Vision International

2. Customer SuccessCon

Date: April 8, 2019

Locations: Boston, MA

Customer SuccessCon is about "the art and science" of customer success, and the conference is held at a variety of locations around the world to keep the events small in size. This helps to facilitate in-depth conversations and promote networking among attendees.

Notable Speaker: Mike Blaisdell, Executive Director of the Customer Success Association

3. SaaStr Annual 2019

Date: February 5-7, 2019

Location: San Francisco Area

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SaaStr is one conference for everyone who works in the software as a service (SaaS) industry. There is specific content for the customer-facing world, as well as opportunities to learn from and collaborate with SaaS product, marketing, and sales professionals to learn about how to create a remarkable customer experience with the products companies use every day.

Notable 2018 Speaker: Dharmesh Shah, Co-Founder and CTO, HubSpot

4. X4 Experience Summit

Date: March 5-8, 2019

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

The X4 Experience Summit is an annual gathering of the world's best experience brands. Leaders in Customer, Employee, Product, and Brand Experience management gather into one space containing over 100 tactical breakout sessions led by industry analysts, executives from leading brands like American Express, MasterCard, and Google, and subject matter experts.

Notable Speakers: Barack Obama, Former President of the United States

5. Adobe Experience Summit

Date: March 24-28, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, NV

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The Adobe Experience Summit is dedicated to teaching attendees how to create an exceptional, experience-driven business. There are a variety of tracks available for customer success professionals, as well as marketers and product designers, who are interested in learning how to design a great customer experience across every step of the process someone goes through with a business.

This huge conference is coming right up, but if you can't make it to Vegas in person, you can also sign up to attend the event virtually.

Notable Speaker: Drew Brees, NFL Quarterback

6. Next Generation Customer Experience

Date: March 27-29, 2019

Location: Indian Wells, CA

At NGCX, customer experience innovators across a variety of different industries will meet to learn about understanding the customer journey, making customer experience a priority across a business, and building brand equity to improve customer experience and loyalty. 

Notable Speaker: Josephine Holmboe, Creative Director of Fidelity Investments

7. MarTech

Date: April 3-5, 2019

Location: San Jose, CA

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MarTech is "a tech conference for marketers," but there are plenty of workshops and keynotes dedicated to how technology can improve customer experience, too. This year you can learn about customer data management and how the technology in that field will influence customer relations in the future. 

Notable Speaker: Zack Alves, Senior Manager of Marketing Technology and Operations at Plantronics

8. Smart Customer Service

Date: April 29-May 1, 2019

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Smart Customer Service agenda is chock-full of tactical content about creating a customer-centric culture within organizations, with keynotes, workshops, case studies, and panels to learn from the experts. Now in its seventh year of operation, this conference helps teams develop a sound customer service strategy.

Notable Speaker: Geoff Ables, Managing Partner at C5 Insight

9. Modern Customer Experience

Date: March 19-21, 2019 

Location: Las Vegas, NV

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Oracle's customer experience conference promises inspiration, innovation, and networking opportunities for customer service professionals, as well as marketers and salespeople. Attendees can customize their experience with a variety of different workshops to learn from experts in customer experience — no matter what the business function.

Notable Speaker: Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing Inc

10. Customer Experience Strategies Summit

Date: April 16-17, 2019 

Location: Toronto, ON

CX thought leaders and innovators will be speaking and learning at this conference, which offers specific sessions for learning about Voice of the Customer, omni-channel customer experience, and customer service innovations strategies. 

Notable Speaker: Mariana Filipic, Continuous Improvement at Schneider Electric

11. Pulse

Date: May 21-24, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA

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Described as "the ultimate customer success event," Pulse is dedicated to providing in-depth education and networking for anybody and everybody working in a post-sale, customer-facing role. It brings together some of the best minds in business and has them share their insights over a multi-day event.

Notable Speaker: Emily Chang, Anchor and Author at Bloomberg Technology

12. The Customer Service Summit

Date: June 3-4, 2019

Locations: San Diego, CA

This summit is run by Incite Group, "a business intelligence company devoted to helping large corporations serve their customers better." Dedicated specifically to customer support, this conference brings together big brand leaders to talk specifically about customer care and social media customer service.

Notable Speaker: Lance Gruner, Executive Vice President of Global Customer Care at Mastercard

13. CX NYC

Date: June 11-12, 2019

Locations: New York, NY

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Forrester Research offers forums around the world dedicated to customer experience research presented by Forrester analysts and researchers. The big theme of 2019? "Change The Game: Leading Radical CX Innovation." Attendees will get early access to new research and analysis, as well as ideas for innovation.

Notable Speaker: Harley Manning, VP & Research Director at Forrester

14. Customer Contact Week

Date: June 24-28, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, NV

This week-long event features a ton of great educational content — including site visits, master classes, workshops, and interactive discussions about customer care technologies and strategies. It features over 250 speakers and includes 12 hours of networking sessions. 

Notable 2018 Speaker: Colleen Beers, Senior VP of Operations at Alorica

15. Support Driven Expo: Americas

Date: July 11-12, 2019

Location: Portland, OR

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This is Support Driven's other annual conference, held in the United States. It brings together some of the leaders of customer support to explain how you can succeed in your customer service career. Speaking topics range from leadership to career development. 

Notable Speaker: Michael Redbord, General Manager, Service Hub at HubSpot

16. Customer Experience Summit

Date: August 20-22, 2019

Locations: Orlando, FL

These events are led by the Disney Institute, where attendees can learn about improving customer experience and crafting brand storytelling from one of the biggest storytellers in the business world — The Walt Disney Company. Plus, the events are at Disney resorts, so you can learn from the experts and have some fun.

Notable Speaker: Marylouise Fitzgibbonk, Regional General Manager at The Walt Disney Company

17. INBOUND

Date: September 3-6, 2019

Location: Boston, MA

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INBOUND is an industry event designed to bring together marketers, salespeople, and customer success managers in one place to learn and get inspired together. This year, there's a dedicated customer success track to ensure all of the breakout sessions you attend are useful to your day-to-day job.

Notable 2018 Speaker: Shonda Rhimes, TV Producer & Showrunner

18. CX Week Canada

Date: September 12-14, 2019

Location: Toronto, ON

The theme for this year's CX event is "Gaining Competitive Advantage by Delivering Superior Experiences with Human-Centered Design," and sessions will focus on product design and onboarding with customer experience at the front-and-center.

Notable Speaker: Crystal D'Cunha, Chief Experience Officer at The Inside View

19. Digital Customer Experience Strategies Summit

Date: September 19-20, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL

Digital customer experience, or DCX, takes center stage at this summit, where attendees will learn about how technological innovation can improve and streamline the way professionals deliver support. This event aims to help customer service teams create a "customer-first culture" that's dedicated towards customer success. 

Notable Speaker: Kristen Engelhardt, Vice President, Voice of the Customer at Salesforce

20. Advocamp

Date: September 24-25, 2019

Location: Toronto, ON

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Advocamp is kind of what it sounds like — like camp, it's a healthy mix of fun and learning. It's about turning customers into advocates, and speakers and workshops will teach attendees how to actually implement a strategy to accomplish that.

Notable Speaker: April Dunford, Founderof Rocket Launch Marketing

21. NECCF Conference & Expo

Date: June 11, 2019 

Location: Foxborough, MA

This highly-anticipated conference features some of the latest customer service technology that's revolutionizing contact centers. Attendees can speak to the companies and people who are building these tools and see what's to come in the future of customer service. The conference includes speaker sessions, round-table discussions, and peer-to-peer networking events. 

Europe

22. CX Europe

Date: November 14-15, 2019

Location: London, UK

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Forrester Research offers forums around the world dedicated to customer experience research presented by Forrester analysts and researchers. The big theme of 2019? "Change The Game: Leading Radical CX Innovation." Attendees will get early access to new research and analysis, as well as ideas for innovation.

Notable 2018 Speaker: Harley Manning, VP & Research Director at Forrester

23. Shift/CX

Date: March 27-28, 2019

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Another comprehensive conference for marketers, salespeople, and customer service reps, Shift CX describes itself as a two-day congress to regroup and realign around customer focus in the new digital age. First, attendees learn about the process of improving customer experience, and then they learn about using technology to implement strategy.

Notable 2018 Speaker: Florian Gäng, Senior Director of Experience Strategy at Sapient Razorfish

24. Support Driven Expo: Europe

Date: April 1-2, 2019

Location: Belgrade, Serbia

Support Driven Expo is the conference run by Support Driven, a community of 4,000+ professionals working in the customer success and service industries. Come for tactical talks, inspirational keynotes, and how-to content delivered by actual practitioners who live and breathe customer success.

Notable Speaker: Asa Nyström, VP of Customer Advocacy at Buffer

25. Customer Engagement Summit

Date: November 11-12, 2019

Location: London, UK

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This is Europe's biggest customer and employee engagement event — two critical keys to building a strong business. Learn about remaining agile in an age of technological disruption while harnessing the power of technology to improve results at this conference.

Notable 2018 Speaker: Seth Ellison, Executive VP & President of Levi Strauss Europe

26. Customer Service & Experience Summit

Date: September 16-17,2019

Location: London, UK

Attendees will learn how to deliver a remarkable customer experience at this event, which will focus on how AI, self-service, social media, and most of all, empowered employees, can advance your customer service strategy. Topics range from self-care customer service to developing training and assessing talent. 

Notable 2018 Speaker: Jo Moran, Head of Customer Service at Marks & Spencer

27. European Insight Exchange

Date: March 13-14,2019

Location: Dublin, Ireland

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The European Insight Exchange is an event sponsored by the Customer Experience Professionals Association. It brings together over 150 customer service professionals to share insights regarding the latest trends in customer success and support. This conference offers peer to peer sessions that allow participants to share experiences directly with one another. 

Australia and Singapore

28. Customer Experience Management

Date: May 27-28, 2019

Location: Sydney, AU

This event is about "enhancing customer experience through Voice of the Customer analytics, culture, digitization, brand management, and user experience." Attendees will learn from global industry leaders in in-depth workshops and keynote speeches.

Notable Speaker: Kylie DeCourteney, Chief Customer Officer of Service NSW

29. Gartner Customer Experience & Technologies Summit

Date: June 17-18, 2019

Location: Sydney, AU

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Gartner hosts this event at various locations around the globe throughout the year, where they discuss new innovation in thought leadership and technology in the customer experience space so companies can operate more cross-functionally to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Notable 2018 Speaker: Olivia Huang, Research VP at Gartner

30. CX Singapore

Date: August 29, 2019

Location: Singapore

Forrester Research offers forums around the world dedicated to customer experience research presented by Forrester analysts and researchers. The big theme of 2019? "Change The Game: Leading Radical CX Innovation." Attendees will get early access to new research and analysis, as well as ideas for innovation.

Notable Speaker: Harley Manning, VP & Research Director at Forrester

Now that you've found a great conference to attend, you may have to persuade your boss into letting you go. If you're not sure what to say, we came up with a few ways you can pitch the idea to your employer. 

How to Convince Your Boss to Send You To a Conference

You might be wondering how you'll actually pay for the sometimes-hefty cost of a ticket to one of these conferences. We have a few ideas to share for starting that conversation to get the budget you need for your admission, travel, and lodging.

1. Pitch it to your boss as a leadership and development opportunity.

Your boss probably wants to ensure she gets a good return on investment before allotting hundreds (or thousands) of dollars for you to attend a conference. So, when you ask for budget, make sure you have a clear plan in place for how you will make it valuable not just for you, but for your entire team.

Offer to take copious notes while at the conference to share and distribute with the team. You could also offer to lead a master class reviewing some of the topics discussed at the conference with other team members. Additionally, you could spend dedicated time, both at the conference and during off-hours, networking with other professionals in your industry over coffee or meals.

Make sure you offer a way for your boss to earn back her investment — so the conference is worth your while, and hers.

2. Apply to become a speaker.

If you apply to become a speaker at the conference, the organization might be able to defray or fully cover the costs of your travel and lodging. That way, you can build your personal brand and thought leadership, attend the conference, and save your team some budget dollars.

3. Attend a virtual conference instead.

Sometimes, the most affordable conference to attend is one you don't need to travel for at all. If an organization is hosting a virtual conference or training event, it's less likely that the ticket will cost as much as an in-person event. Do some research to learn about virtual attendance options — even if the conference appears to be in-person, ask the organizers if they're planning to live-stream it.

These conferences are a great way for customer service teams to learn about the latest trends in customer service. It's important for your team to take time away from your support services and attend these events that will improve their skills. 

For more information about improving customer service, read about the ways you can reduce customer support friction

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Originally published Mar 1, 2019 11:51:00 AM, updated March 12 2019

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