Today, I was reading a blog post titled “Solid Reasons to Attend a Conference” over at DOT Compliance Help’s blog site. (http://dot-compliance-help.com/2014/11/05/4-solid-reasons-to-attend-a-conference/)
It got me thinking about all the great people I’ve met at or through conferences — whether I was speaking, attending or helping to coordinate the program event.
Whether your fleet is tiny or huge, made up of sedans or big rigs, you’d probably benefit from participating in a fleet safety conference. The good news is that there are so many more venues to pick from these days — it used to be all focused on “over the road” trucking, but now there are programs for municipalities, sales fleets, local delivery, private distribution fleets, construction companies, and more.
I think the best parts of meeting professionals at conferences is realizing that:
- I’m not alone
- Other folks have equally challenging hurdles to overcome
- Other folks are willing to help
- Other folks are eager to hear my (your) ideas
- There’s a bunch of resources that I wasn’t fully aware of, or didn’t know how to access them
- Networking goes on long after the session ends
So how to connect with a good conference or training event? Here are a few that I’ve been involved with in the past and can recommend that you might investigate (in no particular order):
- NAFA I&E 2015, Orlando, FL – http://www.nafainstitute.org/ (great for corporate fleets, sales fleets, light duty trucks, etc.)
- Center for Professional Fleet Certification, Inc – http://www.fleetcertification.org/individual-certification/
- North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) Courses – http://www.natmi.org/?35 (great for newly minted safety supervisors, location managers, or corporate teams who need to deal with “hands on” issues like accident investigation, setting up a new program from scratch, etc.
- Safety 2015 – ASSE Expo – http://www.safety2015.org/ (great for companies with safety issues beyond fleet — dealing with all sorts of safety topics)
- RIMS 2015 – https://www.rims.org/RIMS15/Pages/default.aspx (for large organizations with complex risk management needs)