Tips For Asigra Partner Summit First-Timers

Jul 2013
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Tips For Asigra Partner Summit First-Timers

 

2013 Asigra Cloud Backup Partner SummitSo you've finally done it. You've justified your trip to your boss and co-workers, registered your seat for the Asigra Partner Summit and maybe even received the early bird credit voucher. You’ve booked your tickets to YYZ or YTZ (or mapped out directions to drive) and are ready to hit Toronto by storm. You are ready to be inspired by Dan Ariely, Christine Laperriere, Andrew Sobel, Dave Russell, Marc Staimer and Lisa Lifshitz. As you get ready to pack your bags (make sure you have extra room for the Asigra swag you will collect), here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you gear up for the awesomeness that will be the 2013 Asigra Partner Summit:

1.  Have an Open Mind

It is easy to go into a situation with preconceived notions of how it will turn out and of what you can get out of it. This year there will be over 50 sessions in four different breakout tracks and a Hands-On Lab known for being a technological playground. While this can be daunting, I’ve found the best approach is to be open and receptive to new people and new ideas. Asigra has an amazing partner network. Be ready to do your best sponge impression and absorb. And don’t be afraid to ask questions to your peers. Challenge yourself a bit and new ideas will start flowing.

2.  Be Prepared

Know what sessions you want to attend. Plan out your goals for the conference and try to match your plan with the sessions offered. Start mapping now.

Sign up for a one-on-one session with your Asigra partner sales manager or a member of the senior leadership team. There’s still availability to pick the brain of one of these individuals to expand your Asigra Cloud Backup and Recovery Marketing / Sales / Support / Corporate knowledge base.

Be able to clearly and succinctly articulate your business pain points. You will be talking to vendors, your service provider peers, Asigra employees; ALL of whom want to hear about what you are doing and what you are trying to do, and ALL of whom are pressed for time.

If you plan to carry your laptop/tablet/smart phone or all three during the event, make sure you keep a charger handy to make sure you don’t lose your ability to take notes!

Carry business cards.

Engage in the conversation on Twitter to connect with other like-minded individuals before the big event, especially if you are new. #asigrasummit is where it’s at for up-to-date summit news, events, conversations and contests. There are even a few prizes if you’re engaging with @Asigra!

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3.  Don’t be Shy

Proactively engage with different people. The connections you make at the Asigra Partner Summit will have an impact on how you run your business. There are partners who have been utilizing Asigra software for over 10 years and have a wealth of knowledge to share. If you are going with co-workers, try leaving them while you are at the sessions, or during breaks / meals / networking events. To truly branch out you need to leave your comfort zone. If you are a little shy, be sure to check out this great article entitled “An Introvert’s Guide to Networking.” It has a ton of great tips to learn how to handle a big room full of strangers.

4.  Have Fun (but not too much)

Asigra Partner Summit has a work hard, play hard mentality. Keep in mind that while networking is good thing and a little social lubrication never hurts, a lot of social lubrication almost always hurts. And it is never fun sitting in the keynote sessions the next morning while hung over—hydrate appropriately.

Plus you never know what Asigra has in store – last year we had Japanese drummers start off the second day of the conference – not something you want to experience if you’re hurting.

5.  Follow up

This might be the most important tip. You’ve made some key connections, been super-charged with ideas and are ready to execute your ideas back into your business. Leverage the connections you’ve made with your peers and the Asigra team, keep the dialogue going and make sure that the creative juices keep flowing until it’s time to do it all over again next year.

Calling all Asigra Summit veterans (you know who you are – don’t be shy), what other tips do you have for first-timers?

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