10 Tips to Get the Most of Your CAMfire Experience

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on January 22, 2016



Are you coming to CAMfire this year?

Whether this is your first time at CAMfire or you've done it before, you're in for something special. You'll learn about the latest CAM technologies and innovations. You'll enjoy informative and insightful keynotes. You'll attend breakout sessions specifically targeted to your role and your business needs. And, you'll go home inspired to approach Community Association management in an entirely new way.

CAMfire is an incredible experience, and you'll get even more out of it if you take these simple tips:

1) Read the Program

The program book for the CAMfire Conference is a great guide to keep you informed about every aspect of the event. Every attendee will be getting a beautiful printed copy of this, but you can get a sneak peek right now, right here!

CAMfire 2016 Conference Program from TOPS Software

2) Load your schedule on your phone

This year for the first time, we've got a web-based conference scheduler that you can run on your phone or tablet. Using this program, you can set and track your conference schedule, lookup speakers, check your agenda, and connect with conference attendees and partners. To access your schedule, go to http://www.camfire-conference.com/Schedule.html

3) Bring your Charger Cord

We've got charging stations set up at the Spotlight Stage in the Partner Zone. You can grab a specialty coffee from the nearby barista, plug in, and settle onto our comfy couches while you recharge both your device and your personal batteries.

4) Bring Your Questions

You can learn a lot simply by being at the conference, but you can get even more out of it if you are prepared. Before you come to CAMfire, take a moment to make a list of at least three questions you want to have answered. Armed with your questions, you can visit the TOPS Zone to talk to one of our talented TOPS staff, or head over to the Partner Zone, or chat with one of the many industry experts who will be at the conference.

5) Remember to Bring Business Cards

There are so many people worth talking to at CAMfire, that it can be hard to remember every contact. Be sure to have plenty of business cards on hand to exchange when networking. One thing I like to do is jot a note on the back of each business card I collect to note to myself what we talked about.

6) Plan some time to Visit 'The Zones'

CAMfire features a number of areas to take your conference to the next level. From the TOPS Zone, where you can meet with TOPS Staff, to the Partner Zone to learn about new products and services. Or, if you are in the need for some R&R, check out the Comfort Zone for a free neck massage, the Yoga Zone for your morning zen, and the Party Zone for cocktails and live music.

7) Get Social

There are plenty of ways to keep up and keep in touch with the people you meet at CAMfire, but Social Media is probably the easiest. Be sure to join the event page on Facebook to get your questions answered, and don't forget to use our hashtag, #CAMfireConference to share your thoughts on the conference.

8) Keep Your Notes

We know you'll be taking notes at the conference and we'd like to share them with the rest of the CAM industry! So after the conference, we will be running a contest to gather everyone's notes together. Each submission will net you a cool giveaway, so be sure to save those notes!

9) Save room in your luggage

At CAMfire, we don't just fill your head with new information, we fill your hands too! Or we would if we hadn't prepared an awesome backpack for you to carry all of your CAMfire swag in. Be sure to save some room in your luggage for your backpack and all of the awesome goodies inside.

10) Schedule a Follow Up Meeting

Conferences are awesome, but it's a lot of information to process in a short period of time, and you are bound to forget something important! So to prevent that from happening, schedule a followup meeting with other team members to go over what you've learned when you come back. By doing this when the information is fresh, you can guarantee that your team will get the most out of your trip.


*Image credit: Pixabay user Stones 

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