Getting the Most Out of Your Nanny Conference Experience

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By Kellie Geres

Each year nannies across the nation gather for various educational events that are put on by different nanny organizations. The International Nanny Association, NannyPalooza and Nanny Biz Reviews are the main groups that organize nanny conferences each year in the United States.

INA will host their annual conference April 12-15, 2013 in Louisville, KY and National Nanny Training Day will be hosted in 39 cities across the country on April 20, 2013. NannyPalooza will host its conference November 2-3, 2013 in Cleveland, OH.

If you plan on attending one or all of these events, there are simple things you can do to make sure you get the most out of your conference experience.

First, go in with an open mind.  You will be meeting many people there who are sure to have varying personalities and views on topics.  Be respectful of others’ opinions, listen to their viewpoints and don’t monopolize conversations and discussions.

Make a goal of meeting a certain number of new people and getting their contact information.  Make sure to mingle with others; sit at different tables during meals and breaks and sit in a new spot during sessions.  While you’ll be inclined to stick close to those you know, break out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to new people.  You never know if the person you meet could end up as your new best friend or have the lead for the job you’ve been looking for.

Make an investment in yourself by having professional business cards made.  Having a business card ready at hand when you meet someone is an invaluable resource.   There are numerous options for business cards, including printing them at home yourself or utilizing a service such as VistaPrint, InkGarden or Moo.    Make sure to include a contact email and phone number on your cards, and also include if they can find you on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.   Check out these great tips from Donna Shannon on the Art of the Business Card.

Now that you’ve met all these wonderful new friends and colleagues, be sure to follow-up with them. After your event, send a small note of thanks, such as “it was great to meet you,” “I really enjoyed your workshop” or “thanks for taking the time to chat with me.”  Go an extra step and like them on Facebook, share their company page or recommend them to a fellow nanny or business.

Finally, don’t let others influence your decision on attending any industry event.  Others may have very strict feelings on certain organizations, events or even the coordinators themselves, but only YOU can make the determination if an event is the right fit for you.

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