Preparing for Team Summit – Part II


Now that you have begun prepping for Team Summit, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of all the things you will need to be prepared for.  You will need to think of all the expected, and unexpected, scenarios that could possibly happen so you are not stuck with your hands in your pockets.

What to Bring?

There are always the usual items you need to bring with you: comfortable, yet professional, clothing, a good pair of walking shoes and personal items; but what about your business items?  Get an extra set of business card printed before heading to San Antonio – you will be meeting numerous connections, and you want to make sure they have your contact information once everyone heads home.  And, when you are taking the business cards of others, make conversation notes on the back so you can reference them at a later date.  Also, for training classes, a recorder (or app on your cell phone) to log the information can be much better than actually trying to write notes – the recording will be much more detailed, and if you have any questions when you get back, you won’t have to wonder what was noted in your class.

Other items to think of: gum or breath mints, extra sets of personal items, a credit card or cash, extra writing materials, brochures on your company, a camera, aspirin or other medications, batteries or chargers, sewing kit, city maps, sunscreen, lanyards, band aids, hand sanitizer.  If you are staying the extra day in San Antonio, don’t forget your golf clubs. J

Pre-Training Study

I know you have assigned your team members specific training classes (as mentioned in Part One) – so why not get yourself ready for class?  Trainers love when attendees are active and vocal within the seminar, so go ahead and make a list of questions you have for your trainer.  Consider mentioning situations that have occurred within your business or relevant industry trends to make the training applicable to your everyday business issues.  This will make you stand out and memorable to those attending the conference with you, you will get the information you desire from the training, and those who are teaching will appreciate you did your homework.

Other things to keep in mind: arrive on time, keep your sense of humor and listen!  While it is work, you don’t want to waste anyone’s time and you want to engage those around you.

After Team Summit

Now, time will go quickly, and soon you will be headed back to every-day business.  But, one important step many forget is to follow up with those connections you made while at the conference.  It can be as easy as writing an email, a short thank you note or sending pictures you took with your new friends.  Don’t be shy about reminding them on why you connected in the first place – and, after all, it is business, and you‘ve already completed the toughest first step, which is getting your foot in the door.

Additionally, if you have any social media accounts, be sure to share what you learned and pictures with those who follow you, and connect with your new friends on your feeds.   Invite your new connections to follow you or like your page, as this will be an easier way for you to keep in touch.  Plus, people love looking at pictures, and learning new things, so go ahead and share away!  It will only net you more traffic to your sites, thus branding your company.

All-in-all, Team Summit should be a good way for you to connect with others in business just like you, so make sure you stay open-minded so that you can share, and others can share their tips with you.  Keep your good attitude and enjoy all the new things you will learn and people you will meet.  There’s also some amazing entertainment at this year’s event, so don’t miss out on all the fun!  And when it’s all said and done, let us know how your Team Summit experience was for 2013.

And, make sure you come by to visit the DOW Electronics booth in the distributor area – we’d love to meet all our friends and followers!


Preparing for Team Summit – Part One


With Team Summit just two short months away, it is never too early to prep yourself, and your team for the event.  More information will soon be coming from DISH, but this is just to help you with mentally preparing for Team Summit 2013.

Identify Your Goals

Why exactly are you attending Team Summit?  If you step into the conference with no defined goals or purpose for attending, you are bound to leave disappointed.  Do some homework about the schedule of events, training seminars and entertainment now so you can compile a list of goals you would like to complete while you are at the conference.  This research will let you know what to expect before you arrive and will help you determine where you and your team need to be. Whether it is networking, learning more about your role as a DISH retailer, or simply focusing on training, knowing your own expectations will set you up for success from the start.

Plan an Agenda

You can find this year’s tentative schedule here with a more defined list of training classes and schedule available in April.   Go ahead and start planning where you want to be and what classes and seminars you know you want to attend.  Planning for this now will allow you to make the best of your time at Team Summit, and ensure that you haven’t overbooked your time in San Antonio.  Also, if you have a team going to Team Summit with you, planning ahead will allow you to pick the individual training seminars that will benefit your team members the most.  For example, if one of your sales team needs help with general marketing, you can send him to any one of the marketing seminars offered, instead of the sales training.

Check, and Double-check

 Since you will be gone from the office or store-front for several days, just keep in mind that you may need to double-check that all your travel arrangements are set up.  I like to ensure I have booked the correct flight to and from the event, the hotel has my reservation noted, and everything has my name spelled correctly.  On top of travel arrangements, you will need someone to ‘hold down the fort’ while you are away.  Letting people know you will be out of the office in advance is always a good start, but you will need to make sure someone is available to take orders, handle issues and anything else that arises while you are out.  Emergencies and glitches are bound to happen, but having someone handle this office matter while you are gone will enable you to focus on the conference.

As more and more information comes in, we will be sure to pass your way.  And stay tuned in for ‘Prepping for Team Summit – Part II’ which will be a more in-depth look at those items you will need to prepare prior to leaving for San Antonio!