November 10, 2016
Here we are on the eve of yet another Healthcare Design Expo and Conference. I’m always amazed at how quickly the 52 weeks between these events fly by and even more so how the four days of the event just evaporate away.
For those of you attending Healthcare Design in Houston, here are my top five tips for not only surviving the craziness of an almost 5,000 person conference but for getting the most out of your time and investment.
- Don’t underestimate how hard a conference is on your feet. Bring two pairs of shoes and switch them out every other day. Unhappy feet make for a grumpy person so no matter how stylish, if they hurt, you will be sorry. You’ll be thanking me around hour 13 of the day.
- Plan out your meetings in advance. If there are people you want to spend time with, make a plan and put it on the calendar otherwise the conference might end and you won’t have connected with the key people you wanted to talk to.
- Don’t plan out every minute. Leave time for those happy surprises and coincidental meetings of friends both old and new.
- It may be 100 degrees outside, but it’s going to be cold inside. Pack accordingly.
- Try new things. It’s an isolated few days in a safe environment with incredible new opportunities. Sit at tables with people you have never met, go to at least one educational session that seems outside of what you perceive is your domain, show up at everything. You’ll catch up on sleep when you get home.
See you in Houston!
Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO
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