Are you attending the VRMA 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego next week (Oct 26 – 29)? It’s sure to be a great event that offers a lot to learn! Plus, the gorgeous SoCal weather is expected to be in the mid-70s with little to no chance of rain! Check out these tips to ensure you get everything you can out of the event – including networking advice and info on where to eat and sites to see in San Diego!
Set Goals for What You Want to Accomplish
Before you embark on the event, establish what you want to get out of it. Do you want to make new connections for business development? Do you want to grow your email list? Perhaps you want to identify a new prospective employee, or identify a tool or strategy that will make your job easier or your company more profitable. Set specific goals for yourself and your team to ensure you get your time and money’s worth out of your trip!
Meet Everyone You Can
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to keep in mind how valuable your VRMA 2014 contacts might be in the future. Because many vacation rental companies are located in relatively secluded areas, this may be one of your few chances each year to meet new people with fresh ideas and solutions to offer. You never know – you might meet a new co-worker or run into someone with a solution to a problem you’ve been dealing with for ages!
Connect With People in Similar Roles as You
We often go to events like VRMA 2014 to learn from people who have more experience than we do. However, it’s also important to connect with people who serve a similar role in other companies like yours. This will allow you to share and learn from each other’s challenges and successes, providing a resource for how you can personally perform your role better.
Have a Listening Strategy
If you have a strategy for listening to event speakers, you’ll absorb more usable information without distractions. For example, limit your phone usage during the session. It’s ok to quickly share a tidbit of information or a photo of the session in social media, but don’t let yourself get distracted. Try not to tend to work emails, either. After all, if it were more important for you to be doing work than attending the event, you would have stayed at the office! Also, don’t spend a lot of time trying to write down every word the speaker says or every word that’s on the presentation slides, especially if you can obtain the slides afterwards. It’s more important to process the information you are hearing and really determine how you can apply it to your business. Try to discuss what you’ve heard with other people soon after the session ends to help you identify how you can best use the info. Just chatting about the ideas you heard will help you process. You could even chat with the speaker if he or she is available after the session for one-on-one questions. Might as well take advantage of their expertise while you’re both there!
Set Goals Based on What You Learned at the Event
Set goals before AND after the event. You will inevitably learn a lot of new ideas at VRMA 2014. Be sure you benefit from those new ideas by creating an action plan to implement the new ideas you’ve learned. Determine who will be responsible for implementing each action item, due dates for implementation, and measurable outcomes. Also, be sure to bring back the knowledge you received to those at your company who did not attend the event. Share new ideas with people who can benefit from them and with people who can help you implement them!
Use Event Hashtag in Social Media: #VRMA2014
Share what you are learning and document your trip in words and pictures through your social networks – and your company’s social networks – using the official event hashtag: #VRMA2014!
Enjoy Awesome San Diego Restaurants
Make time to enjoy a taste of San Diego while you’re there! Here are some great restaurants to consider, including their distance from the conference location at Sheraton San Diego Hotel! These suggestions come from experienced San Diego visitors!
Pizza Nova – “San Diego’s Best Wood-Fired Pizza, Pasta & Salads”
2.0 miles | 5050 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 92106
Lucha Libre – “Gourmet Taco Shop”
2.8 miles | 1810 W. Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill – “San Diego’s Freshest Seafood”
2.9 miles | 3667 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103
Regal Beagle– “Ale House & Sausage Grill”
2.9 miles | 3659 India St. San Diego, CA 92103
Hash House A Go Go – “Twisted Farm Food”
3.8 miles | 3628 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Casa Guadalajara Old Town – “Dining in the Spirit of Mexico”
4.2 miles | 4105 Taylor Street, San Diego, CA 92110
South Beach Bar & Grille – “Best Surfside Dining”
4.3 miles | 5059 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Must-See Sites Near Sheraton San Diego Hotel
Your trip to VRMA 2014 doesn’t have to be all business! Take some time to enjoy the local sites and soak in the gorgeous October San Diego weather! Here are a few of your options!
Gaslamp Quarter – San Diego’s dining, entertainment and urban shopping district. | 3.5 miles
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park – Scenic area with dramatic ocean views and cliff formations. | 4.3 miles
San Diego Zoo – Largest zoo in the world. | 4.8 miles
Sea World – The famous San Diego theme park. | 8.1 miles