I was recently asked by the Executive Director of APMP, Rick Harris, if I would facilitate, along with our good friend from 24 Hr. Co. Mike Parkinson, a session for First Time attendees at this year’s APMP conference. This session will be held Tues. afternoon at 4pm.
The objectives of the session are for the participants to:
- Get connected with APMP
- Get connected with other first time attendees
- Understand how to get the most out of your conference experience
- Get energized, have fun!
As I developed the content for this presentation, I realized that the information for getting the most out of the conference would be useful to anyone attending the conference. For first time attendees the session will provide guidance and tips that may be new concepts for them. For those who have attended previously the information will act as a refresher and remind them of things they may have forgotten.
Under the topic of “Getting the most out of attending the APMP Bid & Proposal Con 2012, I’ll present four sub topics. These are:
Under sessions, I suggest:
Have a plan
Review the schedule and highlight the sessions you wish to attend. Review the floor plan so you know in which room the session you wish to attend is being presented and you’ll be able to get there in time.
Attend the keynotes and main room sessions
This year’s keynotes promise to be informative and engaging, as do the other main room sessions. I’m moderating the first main room session, The Great Debate, wherein the differences and similarities between government, commercial and non-profits will be explored, in the form of a debate, by newly formed APMP Troupe the ‘Type ‘O’s’. This is sure to be great fun and very entertaining.
Try something new
Consider attending a session with a topic that is not one you’d normally attend. You may find you get a great deal out of a session which you believed wouldn’t hold much value for you.
Try something old
Attend a session on a topic which you feel you know well. You might pick up a new tip or trick and it will also act as a refresher (and most of us who have been at this game awhile can always use a refresher.)
Try as you might and as much as you think you will, you won’t remember the information after you’ve attended several sessions. In fact, if you’re like me, they’ll start to blend together in your mind (especially by day three). Taking notes will help you remember the highlights of the sessions. For many of the sessions the presentations will be available on line.
Attend the closing sessions
This year’s conference closing session is set to be very informative and engaging. You should definitely plan to attend, especially since some lucky participant will win a $1000 prize and another will win a free registration to next year’s conference.
I hope these tips help you get the most out of your APMP Bid & Proposal Con experience. See you in Dallas!