The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting in St. Louis continues to evolve and expand its format. With the introduction of Transportation University the educational and networking opportunities increased tremendously. But, taking advantage of all the Fall Meeting and Transportation University have to offer take a little preparation and work from the attendee. Begin your preparations by checking out NDTA's free technology tools:
The benefit of conference attendance is being in the same place at the same time as colleagues, customers, vendors and potential business contacts. Use NDTA GlobalMatch to help you make the most of your time by setting up meetings with these connections. To access GlobalMatch, log in using the link and information found on your registration confirmation email. Once you have logged in click on the link that says "Appointment Home" at the top of the page. From here you can make a profile for yourself or your company, research and review profiles of other attendees, as well as communicate and request meetings with companies and individuals. Arriving with a schedule of side meetings and a list of leads will surely add value to an already worthwhile event.
THE NDTA MOBILE APP
A couple of weeks before the meeting, attendees will receive an email that the NDTA mobile app is ready for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Like GlobalMatch you will need to log in using information from your registration confirmation email. Once you are in, start familiarizing yourself with all of the great features--have the most up-to-date schedule in the palm of your hand, find that "must see" NDTA Expo exhibit booth, and ask questions of speakers and panelists. NDTAConnect, which allows attendees to keep track of the contacts they are making without having a pocket full of business cards, has been integrated into the mobile app. The default setting for this feature includes very basic information on each attendee, so as you explore the app make sure to update your own profile to exactly what you want others to see.
Now that you have your NDTA tech all squared away, let's look at some other ideas for making the most of your attendance. The website businessknowhow.com has a great article on this very subject "Top 10 Tips for Attending a Conference" written by noted communication expert Bill Lampton, Ph.D. (1)
Although the Fall Meeting is not a conference, his tips are still beneficial to first time attendees, as well...