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National Work Comp conference – go time…

The annual gathering of the work comp tribes begins tomorrow – here’s a few thoughts from a post a few years back.

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

2.  Leave time for last-minute meetings and the inevitable chance encounters 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 – or write down key points immediately.  Otherwise they’ll all run together and you’ll never remember what you committed to.

4.  Get the app for your Droid or iPhone –  you got an email with the info…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’.

7. Remember what your mom told you in high school…nothing good ever happens after 10 o’clock. 

This year I’ll be (mostly moderating) two sessions – one on fraud with my good friend Bill Barbato of Change Healthcare and SA Jefferson Grace of the FBI’s Las Vegas office, and

another on the impact of climate change on workers’ comp with Jill Leonard of LWCC and Jeff Rush of California Joint Powers. Hope to see you there.

Stop by the AppliedVR booth – it’s 769 right across from the networking zone – I’ll be there a good bit.

Finally, in these day of YouTube, phone cameras, Twitter, Instachat and SnapGram, 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.

And beware white man’s overbite…

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Joe Paduda is the principal of Health Strategy Associates



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