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Tips for Attending the Conference

The Basics:

  • Wear your nametag to meetings, lunch and networking events. Bring business cards with you.
  • Meet people. Avoid listening to music, texting, etc., when you could be making contacts.
  • Explore your interests and learn something new. Take notes during or just after sessions while the content is still fresh in your mind.
  • Allocate time for Exhibitor visits; don't try to see them all at once. Try to learn about one new product or service that you were not already familiar with.
  • You are not alone. Ask questions.Learn from the other credit professionals from myriad backgrounds attending the conference with you. These individuals may face the same challenges as you or have developed solutions you need; they may have a similar position as you or one that you want; or they may be a potential collaborator or mentor.
  • Talk to people. Introduce yourself to at least two new people and exchange business cards or contact information.
  • If you want to get involved in the association or a committee, introduce yourself to an association staff member.

Stay Connected, Apply & Share the Wealth:

  • Keep connections! Make a note on the back of business cards you receive to trigger your memory of the exchange. Send follow-up email messages to the contacts and presenters you meet. Connect with them on social media.
  • Apply your experiences. Take time to review the notes and materials you collect and to plan how you can use the information in your position and at your company.
  • Share and discuss the new ideas you learned with your co-workers.

Conference Tips for a First-Timer

  • Bring business cards and network.
  • Prepare a short 30-second speech about yourself.
  • Offer to volunteer at the conference.
  • Attend educational sessions, but also attend something fun.
  • Make time for the exhibit hall.
  • Attend networking events not just educational sessions.
  • Be sure to bring a jacket or light sweater. Meeting rooms tend to be chilly.