Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Conference planning: What I'm doing today

TNNA (The National Needlework Association) for needlework professionals is meeting in Columbus, Ohio next month. I have about 1 month to get ready for the event. I wish I had more time to devote to preparations.

There are many things on my to-do list. Today I'm hoping to assess my business card situation. I need to make sure that they are up to date and that I have plenty. I'll stash my cards in several spots: my purse, my date book, and my badge/ID holder for example. I have also made sure I have key phone numbers of people I need to get in touch with. I have my date book. Before the event, I will also print out my email address book and put it in my date book. This serves two purposes... one, it's good in case they get lost, I have a hardcopy and two it serves as a "cheat sheet" because most email addresses include the person's last name and where they work. So as I am approaching great yarn company's booth, if necessary, I can look at my email list and look for the company name and it will jog my memory about who is who. Often in my contacts on my email, not only do I list their name, but in the field for "middle name" I will put in what they do at that company. So on my contacts list it may say, Terri sends yarn Smith @ yarn company name or 'Karen does contracts Jones' @ publisher x.

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