Things are going to be a little different this year at NFDA’s International Convention & Expo. Even we though we can’t all gather together in New Orleans, the virtual convention is still going to be a great week of learning, networking, and fun!
With the convention just around the corner, it’s time to start getting excited for the convention and all the opportunities it provides. First up, if you haven’t attended a virtual convention before, here are 5 tips to make sure you get the most out of it.
1 – Block off time in your calendar
Normally attending a conference means you’re out of the office. That might not be the case this year, so make sure you block off some time in your calendar. It’s easy for things to pop up and people try to schedule meetings or call. Before the convention starts, make sure schedule some uninterrupted time to take part in break sessions, network, and visit the expo booths (make sure to come say hi to our team).
2 – Prepare your space
Like I mentioned, it’s easy to get distracted when you’re attending a convention over the computer. A good way to avoid this is make sure you have a private space or room setup to use when participating. Having a quiet spot to retreat to will make sure you have a positive experience free of distractions.
3 – Network like you’re at the show
Arguably, one of the best parts of attending a convention is the chance to network with your peers. This year’s convention offers many different ways to do that. There are plenty of opportunities like the break room or vendor booths to interact with other attendees, meet new faces, and reconnect with old friends.
4 – Create a plan
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. At this year’s convention, it’s easy to use the schedule feature in the convention dashboard to build a plan. Make sure to take some time and review the sessions you want to attend and add them into your calendar. Make it a priority to attend these sessions live and stick to your schedule. The same is true if you plan visit vendors and are looking for new tools or services. Create a list of what products/services you’re looking for and a list of vendors to connect. If you need technology or software solutions, make sure the FrontRunner booth is at the top of your list.
5 – Have Fun
Last but certainly not least, have fun at the convention. Take part in live discussions, visit with vendors, and really try to connect with other attendees. To make these kinds of events a success, you need to participate and have fun. It might not be the same kind of convention experience we are use to, but it doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it.
Our team has spent the past few weeks planning, building resources, and getting ready for our favorite event of the year. When you visit our booth this year, you’ll find convention-exclusive savings, free educational resources, a FREE contest to enter, and much more!
If you want to connect with us, you can easily message us, schedule a time to chat, or join us during the open Zoom room meeting hours.
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With the pandemic restricting how families can gather and say goodbye, it’s important to have alternate solutions in place. We want to help you out with that so we’re giving away a FREE live-streaming package to one lucky attendee.
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Tommy holds a Communications degree from Laurentian University and an Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate Certificate from St. Lawrence College. He is a Content Marketing Specialist at FrontRunner and focuses on producing engaging content that funeral homes can use to connect with families. In addition, Tommy crafts SEO content for clients and specializes in helping the general public connect with the death care industry as a whole.