LAOH NYS is paperless. Information is distributed via email and documents are posted to the website in pdf format. The hotel does have wifi but be aware that high traffic can impact connection speeds. Make sure you have access to the information you need by printing or downloading documents before arriving to convention. PDF reader apps, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, are available for most mobile devices.
Remember to silence your mobile devices during events and if one goes off please refrain from calling out as this creates more of a disruption.
Be an active participant. Listen with an open mind, take handouts, and keep notes. Review the final officers reports and proceedings from our last state convention, especially those pertaining to any breakout sessions you might attend. Check out the blog posts for Immigration Updates if you’re going to the Immigration & Legislation breakout session. We also have a post on Brexit & the Peace Process in Ireland if you’re thinking about attending the Brexit & Election Discussion on Friday.
Ask questions, share your thoughts. All delegates have a voice and a vote.
Stay Safe on Public WiFi
Stay Safe While Using Hotel WiFi
How to Use WiFi Safely While Traveling
Wi-Fi Hotspots: Connecting While Traveling
Whether you’re in meetings, hospitality rooms, at dinners, etc., if you find yourself with people you don’t know, introduce yourself. “You should make it a point to strike up conversations, with as many people as possible. Bounce ideas off to people and see what they think. Find out if they would be willing to exchange contacts. Don’t engage in pointless small talk, but have meaningful conversations with people about your business and industry. (Agrawal, n.d.)"
Reflect on what you learned, what you liked and what you may approach differently at future events. Follow-up with connections and share your experiences.
“Too many people make the mistake of thinking that a convention is over once they get home. You need to take advantage of the knowledge you obtained, the people that you met and the opportunities that presented themselves. This is the true value of a convention. (Agrawal, n.d.)"
These are just a few tips for making the most out of your time at convention. Prepare yourself to work hard and have fun. We'll see you in Buffalo!
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