Can you name one place where you can participate in new learning opportunities, listen to inspiring keynote speakers, discover new solutions for your funeral home business and network with other funeral service professionals? We can: the National Funeral Directors Association International Convention & Expo. Each year, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) – the world’s leading, largest and most trusted association to support funeral professionals – hosts thousands of funeral professionals from around the world at the largest funeral service Expo.
The NFDA International Convention & Expo offers the best in networking, education and much more. Keep reading to discover the top four reasons you don’t want to miss this year’s convention, October 9-12, in Baltimore, MD.
1. Participate in New Learning Opportunities
This year’s convention schedule is packed with speakers sharing insights on many different topics related to professional skills, business operations, technology and more. This year, the NFDA is offering four preconvention seminars and over 33 workshops – some counting toward continuing education hours – to help you advance your education and discover the tools and resources you need to serve families, run a sustainable business and become a pillar in your community. This year, you'll even find a presentation on competing on service from Homesteaders' VP-Marketing Communications Danielle Burmeister. Find the full agenda at the NFDA convention website.
2. Listen to Keynote Speaker Kindra Hall
As the Black Diamond Sponsor for the convention, Homesteaders is proud to sponsor the keynote address from award-winning author and storytelling expert Kindra Hall. In her keynote, “Stories That Stick: The Irresistible Power of Storytelling,” Hall will kick off the first full day of the convention on Monday, October 10, at 9:45 a.m., and provide an immediately actionable approach based on research, case studies and personal experience from her book, Stories That Stick. Stop by the Homesteaders booth (#1410) in the Expo Hall right after Hall's keynote to meet the author and secure a free, signed copy of her book.
To read the book before Hall’s keynote, enter for a chance to win* one of five (5) copies of the Kindle edition. Enter the giveaway by Monday, October 3, at 11:59 p.m. CT.
3. Discover New Solutions on the Expo Hall Floor
The Expo Hall is a staple of the NFDA convention, featuring exhibitors offering the newest products, services and innovations from around the world. This year, we’re looking forward to visiting with you and sharing more resources than ever before to connect you with families and grow your business. Stop by the Homesteaders booth #1410 (or attend Monday’s Opening Session) to get your passport to business growth and start collecting stamps from each of our participating partner vendors. Individuals who successfully complete their passports will receive a free offering from each of our participating partners and can enter for a chance to win* a $1,000 AmEx gift card.
And be sure to "Find Yourself at Homesteaders" by locating your name among our list of more than 8,000 featured members of the NFDA.
4. Network with Funeral Service Professionals
With thousands of funeral professionals from around the world, the NFDA convention is the perfect place to network, ask questions and find solutions for your funeral home business. As you prepare for this year’s convention, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your experience:
Attend the Welcome Party
The Welcome Party is a great event to kick off the NFDA convention and mingle with other attendees. This year’s event will take you on a trip to the world of leg warmers, neon and totally awesome music with an 80s-inspired party. Enjoy live music by 80s cover band The Reagan Years, as well as appetizers, drinks and more. To learn more about the Welcome Party and other special events, visit the NFDA convention website.
Connect with a Professional Colleague
If you’ve attended the convention before (or this will be your first convention) and are aware of other colleagues who will be attending, give them a call beforehand to check in and see how they’re doing. This will give you the opportunity to catch up and ask if they would like to grab a meal with you during convention week, attend a session or walk the Expo Hall floor together.
This year’s NFDA convention will be one for the books. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter to catch up on highlights from the 2022 NFDA convention, and be sure to stop by the Homesteaders booth to say hello – we look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!
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