Last week I attended FNCE 2012 in Philadelphia. I’ve been asked what I learned, so I thought I would write a blog to describe my take home thoughts. This was actually my very first FNCE. (Gasp, I know right?) Well, I’ve only been a dietitian for 4 years and this was honestly the first time because of schedule and finances that it was able to work out.
Here are the talks/sessions that I attended:
Saturday: The photography workshop, the general session, and the NE DPG networking dinner.
Sunday: Achieving 6 figure careers in dietetics, calling all food bloggers, and legal use of social media
Monday: Appetite for Technology: Food in the Digital age, Ins & Outs of Social Media, the RD tweetup, and then attended a dinner for bloggers on Monday night with Chobani.
Take Home Thoughts:
1. Twitter contacts are real. I’ve been on twitter for almost 3 years now and I really started using it as a way to connect with RDs. I got to meet RDs from all over the country that I have been building an online relationship with the past few years. It was truly awesome to connect with them and meet them in person.
2. Haters gonna hate. I realized that while sifting through the hundreds of tweets, there are several RDs who simply want to be known as the haters of our professional organization. I was raised to believe that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. I didn’t spend the money to attend FNCE just to hate on it. In fact, during the social media session, the speaker said “What benefit do you have in slamming in your employer online? Very little.” I believe the same thing applies to professional organizations.
3. Hurry up & Wait. One thing that I found myself doing a lot at FNCE was waiting in line. Whether it was waiting in line for coffee, standing on the escalator, or waiting in line at expo booths, there was always an opportunity for a conversation. The time spent waiting in lines is when I got to meet several folks and exchange ideas. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation. Some of my most memorable from FNCE included talking to the lady that got locked out of her hotel room, meeting another RD while walking to another hotel, and the airplane ride on the way home.
Maybe you’re wondering what I learned from the actual sessions? I’ve got another post coming AND lots of photos. =) Stay tuned.