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Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees: 4 Tactics to Try

Of course you want to provide an exceptional experience for ALL of your conference attendees, but ensuring that happens for your first-time attendees is particularly important. Their decision to attend future events (and possibly even renew their membership) depends heavily on that first experience, so going the extra mile for those folks, in particular, is certainly worth it.

What does “going the extra mile” for your first-time attendees look like? Here are a few tactics worth trying:

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How to Stay Focused at Work During the Busy Holiday Season

Posted by Callie Walker

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Thanksgiving is next week. NEXT WEEK. Can you believe it? This year has flown by.

That said, you know as well as we do that the holidays can be, well, distracting. Not in a bad way - the holidays are fun! But sometimes it can be a challenge to actually get work done.

To help you stay focused and productive at the office, here are a few tips:

1. Get organized

First and foremost, you need to have a plan. Start by making a list of all the tasks that have to get done, and list them in order of importance. Now it’s really important to be realistic here. There may be a lot of things you WANT to get done (and maybe that’s a separate list), but focus on the have-to’s first.

And tip: If possible, try to avoid multitasking. Work on those tasks one at a time - from the top of the list to the bottom. Not only will this help you get more done, but you’ll feel better about your progress as well. (Three completed tasks feels better than five half-completed tasks.)

2. Plan ahead (for when the holiday distractions REALLY set in)

Even though Thanksgiving is next week, we’re still kind of in the “early stages” of the holidays. The closer we get to Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, etc., the crazier things tend to get. Plus, that’s typically when we get our antsiest. We’re ready for a few days off, to spend time with family and friends, to engage in some of our favorite traditions - all that good stuff.

Plan for that! You know December is going to be crazy, so if possible, try doubling up on projects now. Yes, that’s a huge pain and often a bit stressful, but you’ll thank yourself for it later down the road.

3. Keep work AT work

There’s a lot to do during the holiday season. Christmas shopping, party planning (and attending), baking - the list goes on and on. And often, knowing you have so much to do can be a distraction while you’re in the office.

To keep those distractions to a minimum, do your best to keep work AT work. Leave the time you have outside of the office to focus on those holiday to-dos. The more you can knock out outside of the office, the less you’ll have to worry about while in the office.

4. Embrace some holiday cheer

Sure, staying focused and productive is important, but give yourself some time to enjoy the holidays as well - even at work. Take a few minutes to mingle with your coworkers. Holiday doughnuts in the kitchen? Go enjoy some! The holidays are cheerful, so don’t try to cut that out completely.

If your brain is a little bit fried for the year (hey, we all go through that), and strategic planning for 2018 is taking a little bit longer than normal, allow us to help. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Membership Management below. It’s filled with best practices for membership recruitment, engagement, retention, and more - all which you can incorporate into your 2018 strategic plan!

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