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Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees

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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The Benefits of Attending the ASAE Annual Meeting and Exposition

Posted by Callie Walker


Did you know that the ASAE Annual Meeting and Exposition is the largest association-related event OF THE YEAR? With more than 5,000 association professionals and three full days of workshops and networking, it’s one event you don’t want to miss. And this year, it will be held in Detroit! (Shout out to all the Lions fans!)

We could list hundreds of reasons why you should attend ASAE Annual 2015, but to make it simple, here are our top three:

Invaluable networking opportunities

As we mentioned, there will be thousands of association professionals from across the country at ASAE Annual. That’s a HUGE opportunity for you to chat with your colleagues and get a pulse of what’s going on in the association industry – from relevant tools and technologies to new membership management processes. You might even hear about techniques you weren’t even aware of!

ASAE throws several great parties to make networking a blast. In fact, the opening party will be held at the Henry Ford Museum, one of America’s most treasured cultural attractions!

Hundreds of educational sessions

In addition to great networking, ASAE Annual offers more than 120 educational sessions designed to generate ideas and provoke new thinking. Regardless of what sessions you choose to attend, you’ll learn how to embrace innovation, execute plans with passion, and improve your bottom line from experts citing best practices and real-world studies from across the country.

CAE credit opportunities

Interested in earning CAE credit? Well look no further! ASAE Annual offers everyone an opportunity to earn CAE credit by signing up for one of nine EduTours. Each one of the EduTours will target one of the CAE knowledge domains by touring and learning from some of Detroit’s best and brightest – and you can’t beat that!

Now we know conferences can be expensive, but check this out: ASAE is offering 30 small-staff scholarship opportunities for association executives interested in attending the 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition! To learn more about the qualifications and terms or to submit your application, please visit the ASAE website

Applications are due by May 1, 2015, so don’t delay!

Planning your own networking event? Check out our free event planning guide below!

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Topics: association leadership, small staff association, Small Staff Chatter

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