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How to Summit: The Attendees guide to CRMUG Summit

By Britta Rekstad posted Oct 07, 2015 04:13 PM


I love conference season. I especially love Summit. Every time I speak at Summit I try to encourage attendees on how to get the most out of Summit. The time flies and you want to be intentional. So, with one week to go, here are my tips for getting the most out of Summit and a little extra fun at the end.

Come Prepared:

  • Wear Comfortable Shoes, you will do A LOT of walking. Ladies, take my word for it, this is not week for those beautiful but painful heels.

  • Wear layers or bring a jacket. Session rooms are often cold and you want to be comfortable.

  • Bring Business cards, take the amount you think you should bring and then double it J

  • Make sure your conference bag is comfortable and has room left for swag. You will leave Reno with more than you brought to Reno.

  • Download the Mobile App and pick your courses ahead of time.

  • Poll your team for questions they want answered at the conference.

  • Make a list of questions, pain points, hopes and dreams and bring it with you.

  • Bring your roadmap (or take the time on the plane to make one). Think about where your implementation needs to be by this time next year and commit to seeking out the solutions you need to get there.

  • If you are vetting any third party solutions check in with your vendors and make a plan to connect in Reno.

At Summit:

  • Complain loudly, seriously. You never know when the person who has the answer to your problem is sitting within earshot. I have tried the at every conference I have ever been to and it is amazing how often it works (Just be a nice complainer J)

  • Visit the Medic Booth, lay out your pain points and get the help.

  • Stay Hydrated

  • Go to sessions that push you. I always make a goal of attending at least one session that is entirely outside of my comfort zone.

  • Don’t miss the keynote with Bob Stutz and the Roadmap.

  • Try to find at least one new friend you can do a “knowledge swap” with when you get back from the conference. I have gotten so much value from trading expertise from new friends from Summit. “I can help you write that workflow if you help me build this report…”

  • Try to have conversations with others outside your industry. Many best practices are transferable and you could both gain from the conversation.

  • If you aren’t already hooked in with your local chapter take the time to seek out your chapter leader and build a network of support back home.

  • Tweet using the Hashtag #INreno15 for the potential to win some cool prizes

  • Join a Special Interest Group. (I am excited to attend the first ever face to face meeting of the Women in Dynamics SIG on Thursday over lunch)

  • Run or Walk in a 5k race on Thursday to support the Food Bank of Northern Nevada

  • Play #SummitBingo

1 comment



Oct 07, 2015 04:55 PM

Britta Strikes again! Perfecto insight Britta! Well said!