aiip 2018 annual conference:
thriving in the new normal

April 19-22, 2018, Millennium Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Why Attend the 2018 Conference?

1) Learn to Thrive in a Rapidly Changing Business Climate!

Today’s complex and fast-changing world drives culture, politics, and business to new normals—and abnormals too! We must know how to target, approach, and win opportunities within this New Normal. Our clients are recalibrating to keep up with new business models and new styles of leadership. Our businesses are uniquely qualified to help our clients thrive.

Hear how first-time attendee Eddie Ajaeb made a successful foray into content marketing, inspired by the 2017 AIIP Annual Conference and his first year of membership in AIIP.

2) Connect and Refresh

Attending the conference is energizing and inspirational. Where else could you spend time with other independent information professionals focused on businesses like yours? These are YOUR people. They are experiencing the same challenges you are—and they have solutions to offer that worked for them. You could not imagine a more welcoming and inclusive network of professionals than AIIP. Really.

  • Build a more resilient business by enhancing your current skills and developing new ones. Show your potential clients you’re up to date with the latest—and gain insights and ideas on how to solve your business challenges.
  • Find out how other AIIP members made their businesses prosper, and learn how they are constantly renewing and reinventing their offerings.
  • Come away with time-saving strategies that have proven their value for others.
  • Conquer the isolation of working solo in a home office and instantly meet many new contacts and friends.
  • Grow your brand and build your confidence.
  • Come to Minneapolis to have fun!

3) Feel Welcome as a New Attendee

The AIIP conference is an uncommonly welcoming venue for new members and first-time attendees, whether you're just starting out or already have a solid business.

  • Just for you, we offer a special "First-Timer" orientation session—so you never have to come into the conference cold. You can introduce yourself and get to know others in the same boat, and get micro-coaching on how to present yourself to the rest of the attendees. Session hosts also share tips on how to mine the wealth of knowledge AIIP attendees are ready to share, helping you make the most of your conference experience.
  • The Introductions session first thing Friday lets us share our skills and subject specialties with the crowd. Everyone gets their three minutes to shine. This session is known for sparking follow-up conversations.
  • AIIP organizes dine-arounds, where we can sign up for a dinner location and get to know the rest of the table. (Guests and significant others are welcome, too.) Pick a restaurant or two and sign up.

Most meals are included, including breakfasts, lunches, and the Saturday night awards dinner - all helping keep costs down.

"Information spoken here" - so bring a batch of business cards and meet in Minneapolis at #AIIP18.

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What do your fellow IIPs say about the AIIP Annual Conference?

As a first-time attendee, I learned a great deal more about how to move my business forward. Equally if not more important, I was thrilled to meet many AIIP members and hear your stories. I feel I made a number of new professional friends and am privileged to belong to such a warm community of info pros.

—Roger Magnus, Roger Magnus Research

As always, I came away with about 15 pages (really!) of notes—ideas, next steps, people to follow up with. I am always exhausted and exhilarated and really glad I invested the time, energy, and $$$ to attend.

Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services, Inc.

I came home brimming with ideas and concrete examples of how to consult for the future, not just contract for today.

--Marilyn Harmacek, MHC Info Solutions

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