Posted By Lelani Craig,
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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(Originally Posted on May 28, 2015)
I’ve enjoyed attending the ALC Conference for the last 13 years, but I must say, this was my2015 ALC Conference favorite conference so far. Of all the conferences I have gone to, this one was different. It resonated deeply with me and reignited my excitement and renewed commitment to growing my company after hearing so many professionals in the industry talk about their accomplishments. The sessions addressed a variety of topics, from sales and marketing to data security and interpreting. And, once again, the Town Hall was outstanding, as was the Keynote Speaker Jason Young from LeadSmart, Inc. who was exceptional and motivating.
First of all, Nashville was an outstanding location. Here are some of the standout experiences from this year’s ALC Conference:
- The daily lunch roundtables: We were all assigned seats for lunch where we could sit down with a new group of individuals each day and learn more about other companies and how they run their businesses.
- Tags on our ID badges: By tagging our ID badges with our topics of interest, it allowed many people to approach us with specific questions and vice versa.
- ALC dinner: This was a lot of fun!! Going to dinner with the whole group again opened opportunities to network and make friends with other companies. We met at a local Brazilian Steakhouse with a large meeting room reserved for the ALC. Food was served traditional buffet and rodizio style.
- Visiting the beautiful city of Nashville! Staying in the hotel attached to the Country Music Hall of Fame was spectacular. Choosing Nashville as the host city was an excellent choice and helped heighten the positive experience.
Board of Advisors: This session made me think and realize the importance of having a professional Board of Advisors. Sure, we all belong to CEO groups, take courses and such, but this session made me realize how valuable this would be for my company. It was an excellent session.
Ethics, Sales and Customer Complaints: All excellent sessions that provided tools we can use in our own companies – learning the best time to call clients in different times zones, the right questions to ask, the right training for sales people, and how to structure compensation – all great information.
There were so many good ideas on new revenue sources, data security, interpreting, labor classifications and data security and of course, the Industry Survey. I’m happy to say we participate every year. Reviewing the Industry Survey provided us with excellent information for our businesses.
Since returning home from the conference, I have reconnected with many who attended or presented at the conference this year. What makes the ALC Conference different from other associations is that it’s open only to business owners and C-level executives. Dealing directly with the movers, shakers and decision makers makes me realize every year what a great opportunity this is to reconnect, find new networks and brainstorm as our industry continues to grow and change. I look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s UnConference in January in Austin, Texas and main Conference in May in San Diego, California.
– Lelani Craig