The 19th Annual Condo Condominium Conference is one of the biggest events in the condominium community. If you are involved in the condominium industry as a property manager, board member or a vendor, this conference is the place to be.
What can you expect from the Condo Conference?
This year’s keynote speaker is Warren Macdonald, who climbed Cradle Mountain in Tasmania just ten months after a climbing accident left him a double amputee. We’re particularly looking forward to his talk, “Finding Opportunity in Adversity,” which is sure to inspire everyone in the audience.
Also featured are many discussions about specific topics throughout both days. We’ve hand-picked our favourite sessions and will reveal them to you in a future post. For now, here are some tips on getting the most out of the event!
How you can get the most from the Condo Conference
There are a lot of ways conference attendees can make the most of their experience – introduce yourself, ask questions, take notes, and trade business cards. It’s always good to network and meet new people.
Here are some of our conference networking ideas, but we would love to hear your ideas and thoughts too.
Before the conference
- Be social. Before anyone gets on a plane or plans their wardrobe, you should take some time to introduce yourself. Social media is a great tool for this, as it’s a great way to learn about who is attending the conference so you can figure out if there are people you want to meet or a session you want to find out more about. A lot of conferences have specific hashtags, which makes it easy to connect to the right audience. The Condo Conference has its own dedicated Twitter page, @CondoConference, and the hashtag to use for any tweets relating to it is #LeadingTheWay.
- Reconnect. Do you have colleagues and acquaintances going? This would be a good time to check in and say hello. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are good resources for this. Make plans to meet up and attend sessions together. Large conferences can feel overwhelming, but are much easier to digest when you aren’t alone.
At the conference
- Attend pre-conference events. Most conferences have a pre-conference event. ACMO and CCI-T are hosting a Thursday evening Pub Night and a registration breakfast with exhibitors on Friday morning. This is your chance to begin meeting other attendees. Find out where people are from and if they have any plans in town other than the conference.
- Practice your elevator pitch. You’re not going to the conference to sell a condo to other condo managers, but you’ll be asked at least a dozen times where you work, and who you work for. Come up with your quick “elevator pitch” summary, and a follow-up question to get the most out of every conversation.
- Network. For some of us, this is easy. For others, not so much. Just remember that most people at a conference are also there by themselves or with a small number of acquaintances, and enjoy meeting new people that they can catch lunch or dinner with. This conference is your ultimate chance to meet an abundance of people who face the same challenges as you do, and who can teach you their own tips and tricks.
- Don’t talk too much. You want to get to know as many people as possible, but you don’t want to monopolize their time. Be aware that some attendees may be in a hurry to visit exhibitors or get to the next session or take care of a work issue.
- Keep a conference schedule and map handy. Everybody loses their map and gets lost trying to find sessions. By keeping yours with you (or two) you will not only get to all sessions on time, but you may be able to help out someone who’s not as prepared. And if you make a new friend in the process, make sure to trade business cards so you can follow up with your new contacts. It was announced recently, that the tradeshow floor is sold out. That means there will be approximately 170 exhibitors on the floor – you can find a list of all of them here.
After the conference
- Keep talking. You never know who might still be there with you moving out, waiting in line, or just milling around. If you bump into someone whose session that you found profoundly helpful, invite them out to lunch to pick their brain.
- Follow up. Follow up with each and every contact you made. You never know when you’ll need their help, or if you’re back in the job market!
- Follow the #LeadingTheWay hashtag. After the conference, hop into the thread on Twitter and get into chats about what you’ve learned, and follow people who attended that you think you’d enjoy talking with in the future. It’s also a good way to connect with people who attended sessions you missed. Maybe you can even exchange notes!
If you’re attending this year’s Condo Conference be sure to stop by booth 903 and say hello to Evercondo. Before you do that, make sure to reserve a free Evercondo, “Condo Management Rocks” t-shirt here.