Survivor’s Guide: Making It Through Your First Year in Competitive Intelligence

Congratulations on getting the job with the prestigious title of Competitive Intelligence Professional! Now what? Dealing with the stress and chaos of the hiring process is one thing. But now, the responsibilities and client requirements that come with this coveted position are demanding attention and responses.

During this executive insight session on May 9 at the SCIP International Conference and Exhibition, Ben Schultz and Mick Lariviere of McAfee will share what they have learned from their experiences in a new competitive intelligence position. Session attendees will learn hard-won tips on how to avoid becoming overwhelmed by limited time resources and information overload, how to build the contents of a flexible CI toolbox, and how to successfully cope with self-imposed, unrealistic expectations.

“Within my first year in the competitive intelligence field, there were many moments where I wondered: why didn’t someone tell me about that?” Mr. Schultz said. “By sharing tips and tricks discovered by two CI guys who survived their first year, this session aims to answer that question for others in the early stages of their intelligence career.”

In addition to sharing his experiences with others, Mr. Schultz has gained personal value from participating in SCIP conferences. “Attending this conference is essential for competitive intelligence professionals just beginning their career, as no other event will expose you to so many CI training opportunities under one roof,” he noted. “You will learn more in three days than you thought possible.”

The 2013 SCIP International Conference and Exhibition will be held on May 6 through 9 at the Caribe Royal in Orlando, Florida. SCIP 2013 is the premier conference for sharpening your competitive edge. It is truly “Where the world’s intelligence leaders meet.” For further information please go to


About SCIP News
The Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), formerly the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, is a global nonprofit membership organization for everyone involved in creating and managing business knowledge. Our mission is to enhance the success of our members through leadership, education, advocacy, and networking. Specifically, SCIP provides education and networking opportunities for business professionals working in the rapidly growing field of competitive intelligence (the legal and ethical collection and analysis of information regarding the capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions of business competitors). Many SCIP members have backgrounds in market research, strategic analysis, or science and technology. Established in 1986, today SCIP has chapters around the world, with individual members in nations around the globe. In addition, SCIP has alliance partnerships with independent affiliate organizations in many countries.

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