After the Convention, Keep Your Ideas Alive

Now comes the toughest part of any conference . . . keeping your new ideas alive.

I am proud to be a part of the HFTP community. In more than 20 years of attending professional conferences, I have witnessed the biggest commitment to learning at our Annual Conference. In other organizations and industries, the lightest attended sessions of any conference are the early morning sessions before the day’s main speaker. Yet, I consistently saw packed rooms for our 7:00 a.m. sessions. That’s no small feat judging from how many people networked deep into the previous night.

Since we have each committed so much time to attendance and note taking, it is time to summarize and keep things fresh. Schedule time to run through your notes. Make an action list of things to implement or try before your next chapter meeting.

Remember that it is best to share what you learn. If new ideas only benefit yourself, then there is untapped potential for your company or organization. Many of the highlighted speakers have materials that you can take back and show to your managers or Executive Committee.

  • Shawn Achor spoke to us about how happiness can lead to increased productivity. You can share a shorter version of his session available online.
  • Ross Shafer challenged us to look at other industries for ideas and gave fun examples of customer service, good and bad. You can download a free electronic copy of his book Are You Relevant? by subscribing to his free newsletter .
  • Handouts from several breakout sessions can be found on the HFTP web site.

Get your money’s worth! Share what you learned with your own team!

John Grigas, CHAE is the controller at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis.

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