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Surviving Vegas.

The big workers’ comp conference is just a few days away, and now’s the time to finish your final preparations and make sure your schedule is set.  Once you’re there, it’s all about making the most of the three days.

Easier said than done.

First, make sure you’ve read – and followed – Sandy Blunt’s list of must-dos and don’t-evers.  I’ll add a couple other suggestions.

1.  Realize you can’t be everywhere and do everything. Prioritize.

2.  Leave time for last-minute meetings and the inevitable chance meetings with old friends and colleagues.

3.  Unless you have a photographic memory, use your smartphone to take voice notes from each meeting – right after you’re done.  Otherwise they’ll all run together and you’ll never remember what you committed to.

4.  Get the NWCDC app for your Droid or iPhone – there’s a web-based version too for tablets.  It has the schedule, exhibit hall layout, local map, and a bunch of other handy information and tools.

5.  Introduce yourself to a dozen people you’ve never met.  This business is all about relationships and networking, and no better place to do that than this conference.

6.  Wear comfortable shoes, get your exercise in, and be professional and polished.  It’s a long three days, and you’re always ‘on’.

Finally, I’ll echo one of Sandy’s points – in these day of YouTube, phone cameras, Twitter and Google+, what you do is public knowledge.  That slick dance move or intense conversation with a private equity exec just might re-appear – to your dismay.

Beware the dreaded White Man’s Overbite…


2 thoughts on “Surviving Vegas.”

  1. I look forward to meeting you at the conference Mr. Paduda. Dave DePaolo speaks so highly of you & your blog & website are two of the pieces of research I rely on for the “unvarnished” truth. If times allows I would like to take you for a cup of coffee and would like to arrange time after the conference ends to discuss a relationship with you and your firm on behalf of my clients who are all in healthcare. Have a great time in Vegas – I know it will be a highly productive experience for all who attend.

    Lynn Hartzell

  2. My personal favorite recommendation is arrive Monday night if you can. Tuesday is an outstanding day for meetings and there are conference social events on Tuesday evening. Arriving early also gives you time to acclimate yourself to your surroundings and time zone.

    Don’t fear the cell phone camera….just learn to dance better!!

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