Issue link: http://americanoptician.epubxp.com/i/798597
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
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
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
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.
*Source: eMarketer, July 2013 ©2015 HOYA Corporation.