Excitement and anticipation. These are the two terms that sum up my sentiments leading up to the 2009 Annual Meeting. What sessions do I attend? Who will I meet? What social events do I choose? And all that in four short days?!
Turns out my first day as a “First Timer” wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought, and now that Day 2 is coming to an end, I feel as though I’ve gotten a good grip on the flow of the Annual Meeting—it just takes a little planning (and comfortable walking shoes).
I started out with a session on globalization and the “Global Museum.” Next on the list was the First Time Attendee Reception, where I was able to share first day impressions. Much appreciated also was the presence of seasoned meeting attendees and AAM staff who happily pointed out what not to miss at the conference. The perfect ending to Day 1 was the AAM Opening Party at Please Touch Museum, which showed me one thing: Museum folks know how to party! Besides dancing (like a kid again), I highly enjoyed meeting attendees from all over the country (and the world) over delicious desserts and cocktails.
Most importantly, however, I have come to realize that you make the most out of your first AAM Annual Meeting by acknowledging that the conversations with colleagues are just as valuable—and vital—as the educational sessions you attend.—Silvana Pop, public relations coordinator, Please Touch Museum