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Conference pointers
« on: February 01, 2013, 10:21:57 AM »
Anyone got any pointers for a conference first-timer?  Registration is Tuesday and I"m still not sure which type of registration I'm going for.. looking at the Social - no banquet but could be persuaded.  Any info on what to expect is appreciated.

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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2013, 10:36:49 AM »
Just go for the whole deal.

I don't think I've ever heard of anyone going full conference and regretting it.
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2013, 10:40:07 AM »
It's all worth to me. Go for it!

I doubt you'll regret it.  :)
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013, 10:42:47 AM »
I got the full w/o banquet last year and I should have just gotten the full w/banquet.

Go big or stay home!  ;D
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 10:44:19 AM »
If you have any interest in brewing, you'll regret not going to the seminars.  The banquet is a lot of fun.
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2013, 10:53:39 AM »
When you register a guest, is that a free add-on at the time or do you pay the same price for him/her as well?

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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2013, 10:54:42 AM »
When you register a guest, is that a free add-on at the time or do you pay the same price for him/her as well?

Same price for everyone... member or guest.
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2013, 11:00:41 AM »
If you haven't seen the First Time Attendee guide, it's a good read.
 
http://www.ahaconference.org/conference/frst-time-attendee-guide/
 
I guess it depends on your situation, but I would only consider the "social only" options if I lived nearby. It seems like a waste to spend money on travel and hotel and not spend $60 to attend the seminars. 
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2013, 11:07:22 AM »
I used to get the full package without the banquet, but since Sean Paxton has been the chef, I now ALWAYS get the full conference with banquet.
Club Night is the best part, except for the seminars, which are also the best part, unless you count the banquet, which is the best part, but the best part is getting to see all the friends you've made each year.
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2013, 11:32:42 AM »
Last year was my first year and I definately recommend the full package.  The seminars have some great info and most serve beer, some of which is related to the content of the talk.

And the banquet is not to be missed.  I was a lone traveler last year, and met some great people at my table from all over the country.  The meal and beer pairing was also excellent.  And it is a great time hanging out with 1500-1800 homebrewers!
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2013, 11:49:45 AM »
If you haven't seen the First Time Attendee guide, it's a good read.
 
http://www.ahaconference.org/conference/frst-time-attendee-guide/
 
I guess it depends on your situation, but I would only consider the "social only" options if I lived nearby. It seems like a waste to spend money on travel and hotel and not spend $60 to attend the seminars.

Except Mike Bardallis didn't make it last year, and may not this year.  :(

I used to get the full package without the banquet, but since Sean Paxton has been the chef, I now ALWAYS get the full conference with banquet.
Club Night is the best part, except for the seminars, which are also the best part, unless you count the banquet, which is the best part, but the best part is getting to see all the friends you've made each year.

That was what I was thinking. Especially the friends from over the year part.

The Sean Paxton banquets are always a special treat.
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2013, 11:55:44 AM »
And it is a great time hanging out with 1500-1800 homebrewers!
Last year was 1800+.  This year might closer to 2500 :)
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2013, 12:00:05 PM »

Except Mike Bardallis didn't make it last year, and may not this year.  :(


I'm not following, do I know Mike Bardallis?
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2013, 12:00:55 PM »

Except Mike Bardallis didn't make it last year, and may not this year.  :(


I'm not following, do I know Mike Bardallis?
He is referenced in the first time attendee guide
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Re: Conference pointers
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2013, 12:01:20 PM »
And it is a great time hanging out with 1500-1800 homebrewers!
Last year was 1800+.  This year might closer to 2500 :)

The more the merrier ( or hairier or scarier  ;D )
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