The best way for any contractor to stay up to date in the industry is by participating in events and expos throughout the year. As a member of the Contractors Society of America, you have constant access to the industry’s top conferences, conventions, and expos so you can always stay ahead of the game. With updates in every market including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and roofing, you can plan your construction conference participation productively.
Why Attend Contractor Conferences and Expos?
For many, the thought of attending a construction conference is cringeworthy. However, the benefits far exceed the downfalls when it comes to these events. Expos are known for being a presentation platform for new products and materials. Be the first to know about the most innovative products and offer the latest materials and techniques in your business by attending an industry expo. Conferences and conventions are also incredibly beneficial as a great place to network with others in the industry while getting to know the leaders in every market. These events are also where many changes in the industry requirements and practices, through casual business conversation with officials.
Getting the Most From Your Attendance
While attending industry events like conferences and expos is vital, it’s not enough to simply show up. In order to get the most from your attendance, you must be an active participant in the conversation.
Know the schedule before you go and think of questions to ask and points to make during Q&A or conversation periods.
Be prepared to learn something new. Bring a notebook and a pen to jot down notes or questions for later reference.
Don’t be too chatty. While it’s good to converse with others and greet people you know, stay away from long conversations with old acquaintances. You are there for a purpose, not to catch up with old friends.
Leave your anxiety at the door. If you are someone who hates talking to new people or gets unnaturally nervous at the thought of being in a group, take steps to make the adventure easier. Have conversation topics prepared or have an exit strategy in case conversations linger. If it seems to be too much, send an assistant or partner in your place. Remember, the information is what’s important.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned veteran in the industry, events are critical for publicity and cutting-edge knowledge. As a Contractors Society of America member, you can rest assured that you have information on all of the industry’s top events and occurrences.