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Insider tips: maximizing your spring convention experience.

Insider Tips: Maximizing Your Spring Convention Experience

You can significantly increase the value of attending an ASAE convention by following several tips.

1. Review the promotion brochure carefully and save. Choose the programming that is right for you and the amount of time you have available.

Registrants may choose one- and two-day registrations that allow them to attend specific seminars and convention events. Or they may register for the full convention or the full certificate program March 3-7. 2. Spend your time wisely. Use the personal planner for CEOs and association professionals inside the back cover of the promotion brochure to create your personal convention schedule. Reserve seminar times within your schedule. Schedule exhibit time with vendors you don't want to miss. Set aside time to meet with colleagues for networking or relaxation. 3. Review the promotion brochure carefully and save. Attendees can obtain special discount renewal memberships or new memberships during the convention. In some cases, you can save up to $50.

Special discounts on ASAE publications are also available at the ASAE Member Service Display. Make sure to check with publications staff at the convention to take advantage of these special offers. 4. Learn certificate program secrets. For the same price as a single-day seminar ($175), you can choose to attend 1 of 30 individual certificate program courses in general management, communication, conventions and expositions, education, finance and administration, and membership marketing. Full convention registrants pay nothing extra to attend these individual certificate program courses. 5. Review the promotion brochure carefully and save. Hotel rooms move quickly at ASAE conventions. To ensure that you get your first choice, register at least six weeks in advance. 6. Follow program updates. Keep an eye out for the program update for changes to the original promotion brochure. The program update is being mailed to attendees. Use it to update your personal schedule. 7. Research new and valuable information. An exhibit pocket planner will be sent to you before the convention. Use it to find the vendors of interest to you in the ASAE exhibit hall; determine which booth presentations you wish to attend; preview product demonstrations or management videotapes in the video theater; and find the technology exhibits you would like to attend. 8. Review the promotion brochure carefully and save. Special Amtrak round-trip fares are available from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Round-trip fares are as low as $39.

For Chicago attendees, Midway Airlines and Amtrak have teamed up to offer a special round-trip air-train package, including luggage transfers. Please refer to the promotion brochure under "transportation" to secure these special fares. 9. Discover how to get your questions answered. Everyone comes to ASAE conventions in search of answers. Here are some overlooked information sources.

ASAE staff from Information Central, Publications, and Membership are located in member service displays throughout the spring convention. They can assist you with many of your information needs.

The ASAE exhibit hall is a cornucopia of information in every area of association management. Vendors from every association management service are available to answer your questions. Attend their booth presentations or simply set up an appointment to meet with them during exhibit hours. 10. Maintain contacts after the convention is over. The most common mistake made by convention attendees is that they forget to maintain the relationships they develop with their colleagues at these events. Make sure to include them in your rolodex as resources for your association management questions. 11. Bring business cards. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards with you to exchange with your peers and vendors.

Peter Turner is ASAE's associate director of conventions and expositions.
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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