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Cont’d from Pres. Corner, pg. 7


and responsive educational design and planning process.


In this issue of the DTJ, Dan Sulka pro-


vides some insight into our developing educational strategy. He’ll present more details in the coming months, but thus far our initial outreach to several prestigious universities for collaboration and part-


Cont’d from Prof. Devel., pg. 30


make sure to update your own profile to exactly what you want others to see. Now that you have your NDTA tech all


squared away, let’s look at some other ideas for making the most of your attendance. The website businessknowhow.com has a great article on this very subject “Top 10 Tips for Attending a Conference” written by noted communication expert Bill Lampton, Ph.D.1 Although the Fall Meeting is not a confer- ence, his tips are still beneficial to first time attendees, as well as those who attend every year. I’ve modified the list, and also included my own thoughts (in italics) specific to the Fall Meeting and NDTA Expo.


oughly, and select the sessions that will be most likely to improve your skills. Stay away from the seminars you could almost teach yourself, and “stretch” by hearing about topics you have not mas- tered. (The NDTA Mobile App can help!)


1 Read the conference agenda thor- 2 Ask a professional colleague to be- come your conference buddy, so


you can share what you learn. This col- laboration will bring special benefits when you talk about presentations that only one of you attended. This can include fellow members of your team or attendees who you see on the attendee list. For instance, NDTA is organized through committees representing multiple transportation modes. Many commit- tee members will be attending the meeting. Consider contacting one of them based on your professional interests.


American Group, LLC ........... 7 APL .............................Cover 3 ARC ............................Cover 2 Atlas Air ............................... 3


nership arrangements has been extremely well-received. NDTA’s stature and unique position among industry and government is well recognized in academia. There are many young folks getting ready to enter the transportation and logistics workforce, and we want to introduce them to NDTA early on. On the other side, we want to provide our existing membership with access to world-class academic institutions and ideas. Some great opportunities lie ahead.


3 Stay for the entire conference. You never know what good information


you might miss by arriving late or leaving early. Of course time constraints may not al- low you to stay. Your value will come from hearing speakers and meeting attendees in sessions, as well as between sessions.


area has a wealth of information. Ex- hibitors attend for the purpose of enhancing their brand, of meeting with current customers and meeting potential customers. They can also be a resource to learn about their industry, their organization and to engage in offering guidance to you.


4 Attend the exhibit area. The exhibit 5 Stay at the conference’s designated hotel. You need to be where you can


enlarge your network most effectively. By the time of this writing, it’s likely the Union Station hotel has sold out so consider this for the next event. The price of the designated hotel may be higher than those further away but it increases your networking opportunities.


6 When you attend conference parties, 7 Take plenty of business cards, to realize that potential employers, cli-


ents or business partners might observe your behavior. You are not really “off duty.”


help new acquaintances remember


you. Technology has enabled this process to be easier as we’ve noted with NDTA’s tech tools, but business cards are still very valuable. Do you have time to prepare business cards? It won’t take very long to go online and order business cards quickly and inexpensively.


DTJ INDEX OF ADVERTISERS


Avis Budget Group ............. 12 Bennett .............................. 11 Boyle Transportation ............ 9 Evanhoe & Associates ....... 28


34 | Defense Transportation Journal | OCTOBER 2016


Farrell Lines/Maersk Line ... 18 FedEx .........................Cover 4 Landstar .............................. 4 Matson .............................. 21


Meridian ............................ 30 Pasha Group ...................... 23 PILOT ................................. 15 PODS ................................. 25


Sabre Travel Network ......... 30 TOTE ................................. 29 United Cargo ...................... 13 Universal Logistics Holdings .. 31


My goal is to ensure that as we take on this additional focus area, we continue to support our vital mission of facilitating the strong working relationships between the government, the services, and industry. Our sons and daughters in uniform are de- pending on us. More to follow. See you in St. Louis—“All Aboard!”


Yours aye, Mark H. Buzby


8 Tactfully collect as many business cards as you can, so you can follow


up with post cards, e-mails, phone calls and appointments. The NDTA Mobile App can make this easier.


9 Become an active participant, ask- ing questions and making com-


ments. The topics will take on new life for you. Transportation University is specifically designed to enable attendees to interact better as these sessions will be smaller than the gen- eral conference sessions. They are designed spe- cifically to be interactive, with learning objec- tives. NDTA has uploaded speaker templates for you to know more about your instructors and their topics.


10 Meet and thank everyone who served on the conference planning


committee. They deserve your compli- ments. And when you thank them, you will definitely stand out as one of the few who did. Whether they are military or commercial attendees, senior leaders have a personal com- mitment to help others. Finally, challenge yourself to meet new people, to reach out to speakers, to move out of your comfort level, especially when you may be part of a group from your base or your office attending the meeting. Good luck! Tell us about your experience. Please write to ivarkonyi@ndtahq.com. DTJ


1 “Top 10 Tips for Attending a Conference” reprinted with permission by Bill Lampton Ph.D. and businessknowhow.com. Bill Lampton, Ph.D. is a communication consultant, speech coach, and video trainer, “Helping You Finish in First Place.” Visit his website at www.commlampton.com.


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