- Monday, February 1, 2010
- Lee Ann Jackson
NRB 2010 is right around the corner -- hard as it is to believe that we'll be heading back to Nashville in just a few short days! But, no matter how many conventions you've attended, the best way to ensure getting the most out of NRB is to plan ahead . . .
1. Know Why You're Attending
For most of us, NRB is an opportunity to connect with partners in ministry-it's the one time every year we can meet face-to-face to review and strategize about ministry work for the year ahead, but more importantly, it's a time to renew and strengthen relationships.
2. Review the Schedule Beforehand
We've already had several planning meetings looking over the NRB schedule - in addition to coordinating our Hospitality Suite activities, scheduling meetings with ministries we're privileged to serve, we're also reviewing the workshop sessions to decide who best to attend which ones. (Oh and we're also putting final touches on our special Sunday afternoon Family Time at the Grand Old Opry-y'all come! RSVP to Peggy Campbell to save a seat on the bus!)
3. Stroll the Exposition Floor and Hospitality Suite Row
The NRB exposition floor boasts dozens of exhibitors and vendors displaying the latest industry information and products-so, make sure you carve out a block of time to peruse the floor. And . . . if we may suggest-take a stroll (or several!) down Hospitality Suite row in the Convention Center area of the hotel - and be sure to pop in the Ambassador Hospitality suite in Presidential Boardroom A to say "hi!"
4.Network, Network, Network (Or, Fellowship, Fellowship, Fellowship!)
Introduce yourself to the people sitting near you in workshops, while eating, on the exposition floor, in the hospitality suite . . . wherever you can. Also, get the full list of attendees, including company names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. This will help you continue networking (rather, "fellowshipping") after you've returned home!
5. Create a Post-Convention Action Plan
After NRB has concluded, you might be tempted to disregard those business cards you picked up and get back to the business of the day. Don't. Instead, sit down and create an action plan. Maybe this plan will involve writing a few important e-mails to reconnect with new acquaintances. Or maybe it's calling the new vendor you met in the exposition hall. Or, maybe it's to send a thank you note to a ministry thanking them for the NRB touch point. Be sure to include Ambassador in your post-convention action plan too . . . you'll want to visit our web site for NRB afterglow (and pictures!).
Lee Ann Jackson
We Connect. Ministry and Media.
P.S. Let us know your tips to maximize the NRB experience (and/or comment about ours!).