Are You All Set For The ISPA Conference? BY MAE MAÑACAP-JOHNSON

Holy smokes, we’re only two months away from the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo! It’s time to get cracking. Let’s list out all the must-sees and organize all the must-dos.

Here are survival tips to help you plan, pack and experience the ISPA Conference & Expo like a pro.

DO THIS

Still not registered for the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo? Now is the time to do it! Go to attendISPA.com to register so you can get ahead in planning your ISPA Conference & Expo experience. Keep in mind that early registration rate savings disappear August 31.

BOOK THIS

Get your travel details taken care of early. Book your flight and hotel room in advance to ensure you get the best deals. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is the official hotel of the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo. Staying at Mandalay Bay ensures you get access to many great benefits, including convenient proximity to where all the action is, nightly delivery of the ISPA Room Drops and The Daily Pulse to your hotel room and friendly booking terms like no change fees, just to name a few.

STAY ALERT

Beware of third-party hotel companies that reach out to prospective attendees with false advertising messages. To be safe, be sure to use the attendISPA.com hotel reservation link.

LISTEN TO THIS

Don’t know what to expect at this year’s ISPA Conference & Expo? Let the veterans guide you through an on-demand pre-Conference webinar. Available at attendISPA.com in September, the downloadable resource will provide you a sneak peek on how to explore the ISPA Conference.

PLAN FOR THIS

Maximize your time at the Expo by pre-planning your budget before you head to Vegas. Tap your team’s assistance to help guide you through the process and sift through your current retail offerings in order to determine which categories in your retail area need an update. Planning your category needs and budget in advance also gives you an opportunity to evaluate current vendor’s performance and level of support to your spa, allowing you to make an informed business decision while at the ISPA Conference & Expo.

SCHEDULE THIS

Be an early bird and book appointments with potential business partners. At the ISPA Conference & Expo, time is a precious commodity, so gain a competitive advantage by setting up meetings in advance. Plus, don’t forget to book your Relaxation Area appointments at attendISPA.com so you can have your full schedule set before you even leave home. Things can get chaotic on-site, so it’s always a good idea to get your time for treatments reserved!

CREATE THIS

Awaken the Martha Stewart in you and get crafty with a “Contact Me” document. Include photos of individuals you need to connect with at ISPA Conference to help you put a face to the name, stay organized and maximize your networking time with potential clients. Don’t just include the basic information, do some research to get a better idea of how to make a more personal connection. One smart tip: Leverage the power of LinkedIn!

BROWSE THIS

Identify in advance booths you plan to stop by on the Expo floor. Go to attendISPA.com/exhibitors to search this year’s exhibitors, preview the Expo floor and set up a personalized agenda through “My ISPA Planner.” A new offering this year, the online planner allows you to conveniently save details of exhibitors you plan to visit, schedule an appointment and easily connect with potential resource partners online.

PACK THIS

Make sure to create a packing list so you won’t forget the essentials, including business cards to pass around at every networking opportunity, media kits to share with journalists and an evening outfit so you can show up at the ISPA Farewell Party in style.

PREVIEW THIS

Get familiar with the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo agenda available on attendISPA.com/attend so you can preplan the sessions and events you want to attend. Aside from industry veterans and expert speakers at this year’s Professional Development Sessions, this year’s ISPA Conference & Expo also features keynote speakers Zuckerberg Media Founder & CEO Randi Zuckerberg, 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist Amy Purdy and charity:water Founder Scott Harrison. Health expert Dr. Pamela Peeke, Chef Revolutionist and 2015 ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award recipient Alice Waters, and sociologist and author Bertice Berry will also be gracing this year’s General Sessions. Plus, the ISPA community will honor ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award Recipient Sharilyn Abbajay and ISPA Visionary Award Recipient Boldijarre Koronczay.

DONATE TO THIS

Hit two birds with one stone by donating to the ISPA Foundation Live & Silent Auctions. You will not only raise awareness for your brand by having your donated item on display in the Auction Area, but also get to support a good cause. Proceeds from the ISPA Foundation Live & Silent Auctions help to support its educational and research initiatives.

ASK FOR THIS

When reaching out to a prospective resource partner, inquire in advance of any “Show Special Rates” offered at the ISPA Expo. Exhibitors generally provide ISPA Conference & Expo attendees with great value through on-site-only whole- sale discounts and special rates.

INVEST IN THIS

The ISPA Conference & Expo is no place to break in a new pair of shoes. Invest in a good pair of walking shoes that are sensible enough to make the long Conference days of walking manageable and give them a test run a few days in advance.

DOWNLOAD THIS

Download handy apps that can help you find places, save time and make your Las Vegas stay hassle-free.

HipMunk: Lets you do comparison- shopping for airlines.
AroundMe: Lets you find the nearest coffee shop, ATM, hospital, bank or gas station.
Waze: Helps you navigate new places and informs you of real-time traffic.
OpenTable: Lets you make restaurant reservations on the fly, plus user reviews and ratings help separate the good from the “blah.”
Skype or Viber: Receive and make calls free or at a reasonable rate, wherever you are. Perfect when needing to do collaborative international calls while at ISPA Conference!
Sleep Cycle: Tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up gently at the shallowest point of your sleep cycle.
HootSuite: Access all your social media apps in one place.
Yogaspot: Allows you to do yoga in the comfort of your hotel room through instructional videos.

BRING THIS

Bring an open mind and an adventurous spirit. The best way to explore the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo is to have a welcoming mindset to discover new ideas, fresh products and solutions, learn new business skills and build life-long friendships. So plan today and explore tomorrow—we can’t wait to see you at the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo in October!