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72nd Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition
Tucson, Arizona, June 22–25, 2008
Before the Conference
your sessions ahead. Think about the things you want to
walk away with from the AEC. In addition to thinking about the sessions
you want to attend, determine and set your goals and objectives. Answer
the following questions:
- Why am I attending?
- Who am I looking to meet?
- What do I want to learn?
- HOW do I want to learn? Remember, at
this year’s AEC, you get to choose how you want your education
delivered by selecting from sessions at the Lecture
Hall and/or the Learning
- What tools and services do I need to
help me do my job better? This year’s AEC also brings you prime
opportunities to meet the companies you’d like to get educated about
by attending the Exhibition and
the NEW Exhibitor Education Forum (EEF).
- When do I want to be at the Lecture Hall
and when do I want to be at the Learning Laboratory? There is no
conference headquarters this year because both campuses (the Hilton
and the Westin)
will have events and activities going on. You really can’t go
wrong with staying at either resort!
yourself with the conference. Go online and refer to your
conference brochure (coming soon!) to read as much as you can about the
conference to set up a list of sessions you want to attend and where they’re
the Exhibitors you want to meet. Check out the list
of exhibitors to learn who is participating, identify which booth(s)
they’re at, and when they’ll be at the EEF. Also, visit their Web
sites and make a contact before arriving to the conference.
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During the Conference
at the Exhibition and the Exhibitor Education Forum. The
companies that exhibit at the AEC are those that have the tools, products,
services, and information you seek as an environmental health
professional. They have expertise in the industry and they can be a
partner in your efforts. In addition, don’t miss the opportunity to
participate in the Exhibitor Education Forum, where you’ll learn from
exhibitors in a more intimate, small-group setting. Visit neha.org to see
what Exhibitors have planned during this time,
and when you can meet with them. Also, be sure to take part in the Grand
Opening Party, and visit with these companies during exhibit hall hours.
time to meet people on the shuttles, during breaks between sessions, at
breakfast, lunch and dinner, at the poster session, and of course,
throughout all of the sessions. The Learning Laboratory will be
particularly helpful in meeting people because you’ll be taking part in
interactive sessions and sharing your knowledge with one another.
Relax. Take time
to digest all that you’ve learned. Go over your notes and materials
while the ideas are still fresh in your mind. There will be shuttles
offering quiet time, so you can take time to organize your thoughts. (But
if you want to keep on learning, then climb aboard a shuttle with planned
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After the Conference
experiences. Share what you learned at the conference with
your colleagues - lessons learned, “Ah ha’s”, products and services
to invest in, and other useful knowledge for your team.
Build your network. Touch base with all of the people you met by dropping
them an e-mail, making a phone call, and sending any information you
promised. The sooner you follow up after the conference, the better.
the new knowledge you have gained. When
you get back to your workplace, begin implementing the new knowledge
you've gained from the conference by utilizing the best practices,
cutting-edge ideas, and useful tools in your own organization.