Mandy Moody, CFE
ACFE Content Manager
We recently recorded a webinar for those of you who are new members and first-time attendees of the upcoming 29th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference. In the webinar, ACFE staff shared key insider tips for making the most out of your conference experience.
Here are your pro tips to follow next week in Las Vegas:
- Try to register on Sunday BEFORE 4 p.m. The rushes for people registering are between 5 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 and at 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning. If you can, go early on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Bring lots of business cards for networking and exhibitor raffles, and for a chance to win scooter luggage! Yes, you read that correctly: luggage that is also a scooter.
- Buy books before the book signings so you can get them signed faster.
- The Professional Development Center is a new resource to help all your professional development needs, from advancing in your current job to finding your next one. (And, you can get a free headshot!)
- If your phone is always about to die, stop by the Technology Lounge in the Exhibit Hall and charge up.
- Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with fellow anti-fraud professionals in person. Extend your hand, and make a point to meet with as many people as you can. You never know who you might meet that could have the solution or idea you’ve been searching for. And you don’t know what idea or solution you might be able to provide to someone else. We’re all fraud examiners and we are all struggling with the same issues.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions — that goes for the educational sessions, to the staff walking around and to the vendors in the Exhibit Hall.
- Drink lots of water. It’s easy to forget but it’s also easy to get dehydrated, especially in the desert. You’ll get a water bottle in your conference bag, and there will be water stations throughout the Exhibit Hall. Use them!
- I know you might not want to do it, but remember that there are always seats at the front of the room! From the General Sessions to the smaller breakout rooms, people always sit in the back and would sometimes rather sit on the floor than at the front. Take a leap of faith and get a good seat!
We can’t wait to see everyone in Vegas to network, chat, share ideas and power up the global fright against fraud (I had to plug that conference theme). Leave us any of your own pro tips in the comments below, and visit FraudConference.com to review the schedule.