The American Optician

Winter 2017

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1 0 G reat opticianry conferences don't happen by accident, they are created through planning and hard work. Some opticianry state organizations get this. The Opticians Association of Vermont (OAV) is a good example. The OAV hosted its annual fall conference and business meeting from November 5 to 6, 2016 at the fabulous Hotel Vermont in beautiful downtown Burlington. We were fortunate to have world-class educator Ed De Gennaro present a roster of courses that appealed to the entire range of our attendees. Chris Allen, Opticians Association of America's (OAA's) executive director, was also in attendance. The meeting was promoted on our association's website and the OAA Facebook page. We also drafted and sent out e-blasts E D U C AT I O N that included the registration form to boost interest. It was a success! The two-day conference was attended by over 60% of the licensed opticians and trainees/apprentices in the state, as well as some from neighboring states and Canada. We were able to draw this attendance by creating a genuine sense of excitement about the speaker (and the course offerings), and by promoting the unique location, which appealed to those in and out of our region. Check out a video about the Hotel Vermont here . Though I immersed myself in the planning, organization and implementation of this meeting, this conference would not have flowed effectively and efficiently without my team of state officers. I would like to thank Jenna Cech, Misty Hourigan and Keith Willis for all that they have done to help organize, edit and present an excellent conference. A great deal of time was given by our team of officers in developing the topics and content of our business meeting and organizing the event as a whole. Follow the simple plan above to improve your meeting's success. Believe me, It's worth the time and effort. Eric Williams is a member of OAA's Board of Directors and President of the Opticians Association of Vermont (OAV). 7 Tips for a Successful Conference 7 Steps to a Great Event We'd like to share the key ideas that have helped us create a positive event experience (click each one for an explanation): 1. Get excited about what you do and what you share 2. Plan ahead 3. Make a connection with everyone who is involved 4. Keep things in perspective 5. Show the value of the event 6. Make your business meeting matter 7. Build a support team THEN NOW Made for the way we use our eyes today. The average American spends 37 hours a week staring at electronic devices like smartphones, tablets and digital TVs. * Sound familiar? All of these devices emit blue light waves, which can cause eyestrain, headaches, and fatigue. That's why HOYA lenses are specially formulated to absorb and block blue light. LENSES *Source: eMarketer, July 2013 ©2015 HOYA Corporation.

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