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Best Advice for Hosting a Conference

31 Jan 2018 7:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Ambition, a clear vision, and a passion for adult learning manifested into me spending my year as president-elect for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Nebraska chapter, planning a regional learning conference from the ground up. Now as the president of the chapter, I continue to serve as the conference planning lead. I have learned so much through this work and want to share my advice for conference or event planning. 

1. Start planning early! For our conference we spent about 15 months from concept to execution. It is way better to hear the caterer say "wow, you are early" than "oh, you want it when?". 

2. Ask for free and reduced services. It never hurts to ask people to give back to their community. The worst they can say is no. This allowed us to offer GREAT pricing for the conference. 

3. Find a conference expert. This person will ask you about 100 times “have you thought about {fill in the blank}?” Almost always my answer was "no, but I have now." That doesn't mean you do it all, it just means you made a decision. 

4. Stay true to your path. You will have a lot of people offer advice, opinions, and ideas. That’s great, it means they are interested. But you can’t always be chasing  ideas. Keep the ideas in mind, but you don’t have to do them all. Bottom line, this is your conference, do it your way. 

The ATD Nebraska two day conference features exciting keynote speakers, and a robust offering of sessions and workshops. Registration is open, reserve your spot today! 

ATD Nebraska, P.O. Box 85793 Lincoln, NE 68501-5793     (402) 850-6710   |   contactus@atdnebraska.org

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