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maximize your conference experience tips for new members and first time attendees

Presented by:

Midwest ACE Membership Committee

Maximize Your Conference ExperienceTips for New Members and First Time Attendees

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Advice for Preparing for the Conference

  • Review the Conference schedule of sessions-
  • Prioritize the sessions that you may want to attend in advance of Conference.
  • Collaborate with colleagues; check the Conference attendee list in advance; identify those you wish to meet.
  • Attend an Advanced Learning Workshop or a site visit.
    • Site visits: Monday morning
    • Advanced Learning Workshops: Monday afternoon
  • Volunteer to help at the Conference!! There is always a need!
advice for preparing for the conference
Advice for Preparing for the Conference
  • Bring a pair of comfy shoes.
  • Bring one dress/fun outfit.
  • Pack for layering, weather can be unpredictable.
  • Bring your laptop or tablet, if possible.
  • Business cards, business cards, business cards!
tips for a successful conference experience
Tips for a Successful Conference Experience
  • Bring extra pens to record notes of sessions.
  • Get out and explore the local community.
  • Accept invitations to attend other events at the conference.
  • Have alternate sessions in mind.
  • Go to a committee meeting (see next slide!)
committees
Committees

Consider attending a committee meeting at the conference: Tuesday, July 22 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. MWACE Committees

  • Communications and Marketing
  • Diversity Advancement
  • Experiential Education
  • Membership
  • Partnership
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Exchange
  • Technology and Trends
  • Conference Planning (Trends in Recruiting and Annual Conference)
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Tips for a Successful Conference Experience
  • Invite yourself along to meet others at the Conference.
  • Make it a point to join a new group for a meal.
  • Use your name badge.
  • Review the the ribbons that participants are wearing that display their associations with MWACE to determine a connection with them.
    • Look when you check in for the “New Member” or “First Time Attendee” ribbon for your nametag.
things to avoid
Things to Avoid
  • Isolation in the breakout sessions, join in the discussions!
  • Feeling like you don’t know anyone, make it a practice to meet new people at the Conference!
  • Getting overwhelmed, target the specific sessions you want to attend or people you want to meet.
  • Keeping great ideas to yourself, speak up when you have an opportunity!
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Things to Avoid
  • Being lonely, join sessions or groups of your interest!
  • Not being heard, make it a point to comment during sessions and meetings with your ideas!
  • Falling out of touch, get business cards/contact information and keep in touch after the Conference.
  • Steering clear of vendors; they can provide information on new ideas you may want to consider.
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