Several weeks ago, I was invited to the Worldwide ERC® 2012 National Relocation Conference held in the picturesque River Walk area of downtown San Antonio, Texas. I was asked to be one of eight facilitators for an educational session entitled “Techniques and Resources for Estimating Move Costs.” This was to be my first time facilitating a session and my first time attending an ERC event, so I was eager to participate. Oh, and I can’t forget another first: representing Cartus at our booth where clients (both current and future), competitors, and suppliers all stopped by to see what we’re about.
In the weeks prior to the conference I spent several hours both on calls and doing research to help prepare the facilitator group for the session. I also took time to educate myself on the event, including how best to utilize this great opportunity. Imagine my surprise when I discovered an entire educational session devoted to only me: So This Is Your First Conference! How to Get the Most Out of Your Experience. I read through a comprehensive list of other educational session offerings – over 25 total – and made a schedule around those I found of interest. Many ran concurrently so I had to be a little picky when deciding where to spend my time, but there were plenty of good choices. At last May 9arrived and I took off for San Antonio. The adventure began… (more…)