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|What to Expect: A Guide for New Members|
Business Casual during the day, dress for the event at night. MAPPS is a welcoming but professional environment. You can view typical daytime attire on the MAPPS Facebook page. Networking events are a different story. If you’re going to a rodeo (MAPPS Winter Conference 2019), wear your plaid shirt and cowboy boots. If you’re going on a cruise around the harbor (MAPPS Summer Conference 2018) wear your boat shoes and a sun hat. If you’re going to a Lawn Party (MAPPS Winter Conference 2017), wear an outfit that lets you participate in the very competitive corn hole tournament.
After the conference, stay in contact. Reach out to those you met and discuss potential teaming or partnership opportunities. Aside from the business aspect, maybe you met someone and there is no potential business relationship between your companies. The reality is, you will most likely see them at the next conference. Be sure to stay connected with those who you made a connection with. Some of the members, even “competitors” have built lasting relationships to the point where their family’s vacation together and they stay very involved in one another’s personal lives.
Pay it Forward
You gain a lot of new information, inspiration, and contacts at each conference. Share your experiences with your co-workers, colleagues, and friends. Spread the word about your MAPPS experience and try to get others involved.