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Conference 101 2014


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Learn more about the DSAIA 2014 conference!

Learn more about the DSAIA 2014 conference!

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  • 1. Getting the Most Out of the DSAIA Conference What You Really Should Know! LOGO
  • 2. Before You Arrive  Planning ahead to make the most of your trip  Plan your schedule online!   Attending with a group?    Strategize together – don’t wait until you arrive! Avoid attending sessions together Leaders’ Circles Choices   Company Logo 6 different options Split up, choosing the best fit for each attendee
  • 3. Online Scheduling  Make it work for you!       Review the schedule & create yours online Speakers – research & connect Exhibitors & Sponsors – learn more about them Find others in your position and begin introductions using social media Download, print, share your schedule. Try out the mobile app to take your schedule with you each day! Company Logo
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  • 6. Affiliates in Excellence  Recognition Awards Program for DSAIA members    Opportunity to showcase great accomplishments Array of categories including: Print, Events, Advertising, Brochures, T-shirts etc. Make plans to attend on Sunday morning at 8 am! Company Logo
  • 7. What To Pack  Business casual      Comfy shoes Business cards Envelope or folder for receipts Laptops & tablets welcome (free Wi-Fi in your hotel room!) Costumes for Affiliates Got Talent
  • 8. Before You Arrive  Getting there    Airport location (Reagan Nat’l) Driving Metro (free shuttle to hotel!)  From the airport    Free hotel Shuttle Taxi Rental car  Parking  $24/day Company Logo
  • 9. When You Arrive  Registration    Thursday, Feb 27th from 3 – 6 pm Conference Bags Name badges  Your Session Information  Download files from our online schedule  Explore the hotel & its amenities  Company Logo
  • 10. When You Arrive  Opening Reception     Thursday, February 27th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm Co-sponsored by NDSS Heavy hors d’oeuvres Registrants receive one free drink ticket  Great networking opportunities   Meet new affiliates Rekindle old friendships Company Logo
  • 11. When You Arrive  Food for Thought   Breakfast, lunch & snacks (we got you covered) Special dietary needs  Evening Options   Dine Around (pick your restaurants using the online schedule!) Great restaurants within a quick shuttle or taxi ride! Company Logo
  • 12. When You Arrive  Tips Before You Start    In a group? Plan to split up to maximize networking time Plan to gather once a day to share with each other what you’ve learned Sit with your group during the Town Hall meeting! Company Logo
  • 13. Visit the Expo!  Where?  2nd Floor Foyer  Dates/Hours   Friday/Saturday 8-5 Sunday 8-12  Passports    Validate Turn in Win!
  • 14. Friday, February 28th    Opening Plenary Leaders’ Circles Breakouts Begin!    Room hosts are there for you Surveys are important! Town Hall (afternoon general session) Company Logo
  • 15. Saturday, March 1st    Opening Plenary Breakouts Affiliates Got Talent!
  • 16. Affiliates Got Talent is Back!  What is Affiliates Got Talent?     Just like the show! Different talent options – you choose! Great prizes Still lots of fun!!!  Scholarship prize   Attendees collect cards in a conference-long Poker Run to get the best hand by Sat night! The Best Hand will win a conference scholarship for 2015! Company Logo
  • 17. Sunday, March 2nd       Affiliates in Excellence Breakouts Overall Conference Evaluations Turning in Lanyards/Name badges Grab n Go Lunch Going Home Company Logo
  • 18. After the Conference      Online conference site Meet with your group Inform your board Use what you learned Plan to come back to learn more in 2015   Budget Start recruiting more of your leadership to come! Company Logo
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  • 20. Unconventional Tip #1 Choose the sessions you know the least about.    It doesn’t make sense to go to a session where YOU’LL be the most knowledgeable person (next to the speaker)! You won’t be bored…. And you won’t be disgusted with the presenter
  • 21. Unconventional Tip #2 Instead of just listening for good ideas…    Listen for things you can quote in your next grant proposal or monthly report! Someone said something stupid? Use it. Someone said something obvious or great? Use it!
  • 22. Unconventional Tip #4 Fail-proof way to meet someone:   Get to a session early! Sit near someone and say: “Would you mind if I introduced myself?”
  • 23. Unconventional Tip #5 If you’re bored or irritated by a session, walk out.    Use your time wisely Don’t waste an hour when you could be learning something new & exciting & useful! Be honest on your evaluation form!
  • 24. Unconventional Tip #6 Put a sign on the bulletin board.    Use available sticky notes to invite others out for a specific type of food… Find others you have connected with online (others who are in charge of Prenatal Outreach or Youth & Adults programs) by leaving them a note! Worst case – you miss them or no one shows up – no one will know!
  • 25. Random Tips  Use the conference bag wisely  Your badge is great – for the conference!  Sit near the back if you’re not planning on staying  Ask lots of questions  Know when breakfast is…and be there!  Get some exercise every day Company Logo
  • 26. How To Justify Your Attendance  You are an asset to your organization  Offer to train others in what you learned when you return  Trip report  Connect the value of the conference to your group’s goals  Professional development  Split the costs Company Logo
  • 27. After It’s Over  Keep in touch      Easy-to-use online community allows you to contact attendees months after the conference has ended! Follow up with speakers with additional questions Secure a speaker for your organization with ease Share legislative success stories with other groups Keep in touch with groups within your state Company Logo
  • 28. Your Contacts Robbin Lyons Conference Chair Wisconsin Upside Down Allison Wixted Conference Consultant Company Logo Deanna Tharpe Executive Director DSAIA