Welcome to your first NAA Education Conference & Exposition. You will find this is a great experience and like life, the more you put into it, the more you will get back! Everyone comes to learn, so share with your fellow attendees and they will open up and share with you. We are looking forward to seeing you in Denver!
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Below is some practical advice that was offered from colleagues who have attended meetings in the past. If you or your friends have something to add, please let us know.
First Time Attendees FAQ
- What should I wear?
- We don’t have a specific dress code; however, business attire is acceptable and widely practiced. Remember to check the weather before you pack.
- Dress in layers. The meeting rooms in the convention center can be chilly.
- Wear comfortable shoes! The Colorado Convention Center is large and you don’t want to limp from session to session in a pair of heels.
- What should I bring?
- Laptop or iPad to take notes and stay in the “know”.
- Pen and paper to jot down contact information when business cards inevitably run out, or if you prefer hand-written session notes.
- Business cards! You can never have enough. Have your business cards with you at all times; you never know when someone will ask to exchange contact info.
- How do I plan my schedule?
- The myNAA Planner is a convenient tool that enables you to plan ahead and determine which education sessions will provide the best return on investment. Create a tentative schedule before the conference based on your own educational needs, and those of your company. You will be way ahead of the game if you load up on the sessions and plan strategically.
- If you’re not already on Twitter, get on and follow the conference hashtag at #NAAEduConf. This will give you an insider’s view of what is trending before and during the meeting.
- NAA Connect. Use it! Get involved with the multifamily housing community before the conference even begins.
- Download the mobile app and have the Education Conference information and schedule at your fingertips!
- Are there helpful hints for networking?
- Plan your conference schedule before you arrive in Denver. This will give you more time to interact and engage with other attendees.
- Do you have a colleague attending the meeting? Ask them to take you under their wing and introduce you to fellow attendees.
- Attend as many social events and receptions as you can. You’ll be rewarded with free food and cocktails!
- Take part in all NAA Newcomer events being offered.
- Join the NAA LinkedIn group and become a fan of the NAA Education Conference & Exposition on Facebook. That will allow you to have conversations and connect with new people before you arrive.
- Show up for sessions early. You’ll score a great seat and have time to mingle with the other attendees around you.
- Need a conversation starter? Ask an attendee how they liked a session you both attended.
- What should I do onsite?
- Attend the Conference Kick-Off on Wednesday evening. This is a great, relaxing way to kick-off the conference and meet other attendees.
- Attend all NAA Newcomer events being offered. These events are designated—and designed—for attendees just like YOU!
- Be flexible with your conference schedule. The “law of motion and responsibility”—formerly known as the “law of two feet”—should apply: If a session is not working for you, leave (even if you are seated up front). Go to another session or meet up with others outside the session rooms who want to engage in other conversations and networking opportunities.
- Smile, be open and enjoy yourself! This is going to be a great experience and you are going to meet some wonderful people.
- Purchase session recordings by registering as a Full Conference Plus.