11/12/13

NNBA Review

Last month I attended the National Nurses In Business Association Conference! This was my first major conference of this type and debut for me as an entrepreneur. I met a lot of wonderful people and made hopefully life long connections. I also enjoyed some down time too! As a first timer and one of the newest  attendees environment, connecting, and confirmation stood out to me.
 
Environment
 
In my opinion where you have a conference is just as important as who you have there and the #NNBA organizers understand that. We stayed at the lovely Orlando Area Embassy Suites fitted with spacious rooms made to order omelets, water feature, business center, and spa/pool to name a few amenities. Every night I slept in a wonderful bed and was impressed with the cleanliness of the facilities.  It made for a relaxing reflective environment. 

Connecting

As I said I met a lot of intriguing, fascinating, and like minded people with a can do entrepreneurial and business spirit. It was nice to be apart of ; meeting legends of the online nursing world I would probably never meet under normal circumstance. It was even more humbling that they were real down to earth people. We  laughed,hugged, and reflected together.  I also meet everyday heroes and that was a treat in itself. If nothing else I hope these connections continue as friendships with us growing and supporting each other  in every step.

Confirmation
 
While I learned a lot about the different business opportunities I got confirmation on what I was already doing by trusting my gut. In fact at one point I started writing down  the lessons I learned before the conference with the ones repeated  at the NNBA. Now I have a blue print on what areas to focus on so that I may have a growing and thriving business. 
 
Tips for Newbies
  •   Prepare before the conference with business cards, flyers, and ideas. You never know who you will meet and what opportunities will come to you. 
  • Talk to someone who has attended the conference before and/or knows someone who is attending. I did both and this helped me take a lot of the guess work out on how to best prepare for whatever opportunities were awaiting me.
  • Relax..be yourself!!!! The authentic you is much better than a pretender.
  • Network in a way that plays to your strengths. For me this meant talking to conference attendees one on one building connections. 
All in all this was a wonderful first conference experince and I would love to attend next year as a speaker:)

Take Care,

~ Raqui

10 comments:

  1. Glad that you had a positive experience Raqui :) Feel free to post this blog in the Nurseup forum on Facebook, have pictures of the conference there as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/nurseup/photos/

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  2. Like your tips on coming prepared to the conference :) Same goes for meeting people online as well. There are a huge number of nurse entrepreneurs on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc. Lots of people to connect with if you know where to look. One of our goals with the Nurseup forum is to help make those connections.

    Encourage everyone to stop by, introduce yourselves, ask your questions. We are a friendly bunch with many seasoned nurses, entrepreneurs among us.

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    1. Thank you. Nurse entrepreneurs are so friendly! Especially you Andrew:)

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  3. Congratulations on your debuted. You deserve it! Thank you for this informative post. Hope you will join us on the Nurseup forum.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Leah. Hope you come back soon. Glad the post gave you some insight on the National Nurses In Business Association Conference.

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  4. It was great meeting you and the other nurses who I've "met" via the social media super highway! Love connecting with others!
    Renee

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    1. Love it:! : "social media super highway"

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  5. Great post and I'm so glad you had a good experience, I hope to make it there next year also, would love to me you in person. Keep up the great work, you are definitely going places!
    *cheers*
    Tina

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    1. Looking forward to meeting you in person too. Thanks for your kind words.

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  6. Thanks everyone for the feedback!!!! It was truly a pleasure meeting everyone and I can't wait to see where these relationships take us.

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