These tips will prepare you for a great experience at the Dallas Student Government Training Conference.
1. Raise money for conference
2. Register for conference
- See conference registration tips to help you save money
- See sample “excuse letter” that your attendees can give to professors so they can miss class to attend this conference (optional)
- See sample delegate contract that each of your attendees should sign (optional)
- See conference attendance form that each of your attendees should sign and have signed by an ASGA representative (optional)
- See sample press release that you can send to your campus and local newspapers, radio, and TV, as well as your institution’s public affairs office (optional)
3. Reserve hotel room(s)
4. Purchase Airline Tickets
5. Reserve a Rental Car (you will need ground transportation)
You will need a vehicle to get to and from the airport, restaurants, attractions, and the hotel. Taxis are available, but they’re very expensive and you’ll need to call ahead. ASGA recommends either driving in your own car or school vehicle or renting a car/van.
The Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown offers a free shuttle that will take you to restaurants within a three-mile radius.
There will be a charge for parking at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown ($8 for daily, $16 for overnight).
7. Review and print directions
Here are Directions to the conference.
8. Wear “business casual”
Your attire should be “business casual” at all conference functions.
9. Get the ASGA Conferences App
Grab the ASGA Conferences App for your iOS or Android device, and have the conference schedule, speaker information, directions, ASGA contact information, and more at your fingertips before and during the conference.
10. Bring business cards & college paraphernalia
Make sure you bring business cards, brochures, and fliers to exchange with other delegates.
11. Check the local weather
In November, the average day-time highs are 60-80 degrees and the average evening temperatures range from as low as 50-60 degrees. Meeting rooms may be cool due to air conditioning. While weather is generally pleasant in November, we recommend you bring an umbrella, as showers can appear unexpectedly.
12. Review and print the Conference Schedule
Then you can decide on which workshops to attend and be aware of when the conference starts and ends.
13. Read these conference articles
Responsible Student Government leaders and advisors make sure they get as much as possible from the conferences they attend.
- Make the Most of Conventions
How to save money and use your time wisely
Before jetting off to your next conference, scan this checklist of time and money savers.
- Members Behaving Badly
Mind your manners at conferences
Here are some tips on how to make a lasting, positive impression about the quality of your school’s student leaders while at conferences.
- Getting the Most Out of Conferences
Student Government leaders at the University of North Dakota use their “Homework Sheet” as a networking tool
Do you want to get more out of attending your next leadership conference than just jet lag? Follow the example set by Student Government officers from the University of North Dakota.
- Action Plan for When We Return to Campus
SG Advisor at Illinois State develops tool to take the conference momentum back to your campus
This worksheet will help you develop a plan on how to take back what you learned at this ASGA conference.
- 10 Ways to Be a Good Conference Roommate
Even if you’ve known someone for years, staying together in a hotel can be an awkward – or awesome – experience.
Here are 10 suggestions for making your next conference slumber party the awesome kind.