HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > How to Get the Most Out of the NRB Convention

How to Get the Most Out of the NRB Convention

This is a guest article by Lee Ann Jackson. She is an Account Executive at Ambassador Advertising Agency, a California-based agency that works hand-in-hand with more than 20 media ministries and publishing organizations to ensure good stewardship, expert production, and comprehensive outreach to their constituencies. You can visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

NRB2013 programNRB 2013 is right around the corner! Hard as it is to believe, we'll be heading back to Nashville in just a few weeks!

No matter how many conventions you've attended, the best way to ensure that you get the most out of the NRB Convention & Exposition is to plan ahead!

1. Know Why You're Attending

For most of us, the NRB Convention is an opportunity to connect with partners in ministry. It's the one time every year we can meet face-to-face to review and strategize about ministry work for the year ahead, but more importantly, it's a time to renew and strengthen relationships.

2. Review the Schedule Beforehand

We've already had several planning meetings looking over the NRB schedule. In addition to coordinating our Hospitality Lounge activities and scheduling meetings with ministries we're privileged to serve, we're also reviewing the workshop sessions to decide who best to attend which ones.

3. Stroll the Exposition Floor and Hospitality Lounge Row

The NRB Exposition floor boasts dozens of exhibitors and vendors displaying the latest industry information and products – so make sure you carve out a block of time to peruse the floor. And, if we may suggest, take a stroll (or several!) down Hospitality Lounge row in the Convention Center area of the resort – and be sure to pop in the Ambassador Hospitality Lounge in Presidential Boardroom A to say "Hi!"

4. Network, Network, Network (Or, Fellowship, Fellowship, Fellowship!)

Introduce yourself to the people sitting near you in workshops, while eating, on the Exposition floor, in the Hospitality Lounge – wherever you can. Also, get the full list of attendees, including company names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. This will help you continue networking (rather, "fellowshipping") after you've returned home!

5. Create a Post-Convention Action Plan

After the NRB Convention has concluded, you might be tempted to disregard those business cards you picked up and get back to the business of the day. Don't! Instead, sit down and create an action plan. Maybe this plan will involve writing a few important e-mails to reconnect with new acquaintances. Or maybe it's calling the new vendor you met in the Exposition hall. Or, maybe it's to send a thank you note to a ministry thanking them for the NRB touch point. Be sure to include Ambassador in your post-convention action plan too! You'll want to visit our website for NRB afterglow (and pictures!).

By Lee Ann Jackson
Ambassador Advertising Agency

We Connect. Ministry and Media.

P.S. Let us know your tips to maximize the NRB experience (and/or comment about ours!).

Published: Januray 31, 2013

Latest News

NRB Cautions Against House ENDA Petition

Many House Democrats this week made a procedural move that, if successful, would threaten religious liberty.

Samaritan’s Purse Doctor Testifies on Ebola

President Barack Obama and Members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard directly from a Samaritan’s Purse doctor who had...

NRB Hosts Roundtable on ‘The Internet Highway and the Rules of the Road’

Last week, NRB’s John Milton Project for Free Speech and The Heritage Foundation co-hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of Internet regulation, the FCC’s “net neutrality” proposal, and the dynamics of innovation/free market and citizen free speech on the Web.

FCC Chairman Testifies Before House Panel

Activities at the FCC, including the net neutrality proceeding and FCC process reform, were topics of interest at committee hearings across Capitol Hill this week.

NRB President’s Council Members Gather for Capitol Hill Media Summit

Members of the NRB President’s Council gathered in Washington, DC, last week for the 2014 Capitol Hill Media Summit.

Franklin Graham Festivals in North America Draw More than 65,000

The Franklin Graham Festival of Hope in Toronto, Canada, drew a highly diverse crowd last week, and counselors ministered to inquirers in six various languages.

In Memoriam: Longtime NRB Member Patricia Macaulay

Patricia A. “Pat” Macaulay, who was the organist for the NRB Convention for many years and an NRB member for many more, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 10, at the age of 87.

Christian Broadcasters to Air For Israel's Sake on Sunday, September 21

A cross-denominational effort by Christian broadcasters and ministry leaders to show solidarity with the nation of Israel will culminate with a special television event this weekend.

NRB President Supports Senator Cruz on Israel Following IDC Event

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, sent a letter today to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) following the disrespectful treatment he received for expressing solidarity with Israel at a recent “In Defense of Christians” event.

NRB Speaks Out for First Amendment Rights

NRB could not be silent this week in the face of a serious threat to the Bill of Rights being considered by the U.S. Senate.

More News