Recently a colleague asked me, "If you had an entrance song when you entered a room, what would it be?" Quite the riveting question, now I throw it into conversation when meeting new people to break up the usual mundane getting-to-know-each other questions.

Approaching someone at a conference can be daunting, especially with so much riding on that first interaction. You only get one chance to make a great first impression, not to mention cutting through the clutter and getting a fellow attendee's attention.

Fortunately at AAHA Nashville, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with your like-minded colleagues. You never know who you might meet in a session, in the hallway, in the exhibit hall, or at a fun social event. You'll be surrounded by the best and the brightest in the industry at the conference, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't take the opportunity to network.

So how do you capture their attention and ask a riveting question? Luckily, you don't have to reinvent the wheel as I've put together a few questions to help you take the plunge:

  1. What's the most interesting or challenging case you've worked on?
  2. What's your favorite activity outside of work?
  3. What's the weirdest thing a dog or cat has come to your practice to have removed?
  4. What brought you to the conference?
  5. What made you smile today?
  6. What's your biggest challenge in practice?
  7. What's your biggest challenge with clients?
  8. Who is the best learning facilitator you've seen so far, or the best sessions you've attended?
  9. What's your favorite thing about being a veterinary professional?
  10. Any "Aha!" (errr...AAHA!) moments today?

What questions would you add? Start making your list and you'll be ready to network away in Nashville. If you get stumped, stop one of the friendly AAHA staff and ask them for a gem of a question. You'll find them all over the conference, or stop by the Bookstore, the registration desk, or the Resource Center to say "hi." Just in case you're curious, my entrance song would be Kevin Rudolf's "Let it Rock."

Looking forward to seeing you in Nashville!


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