person who is eager to talk. And, don’t
forget to ask other people about the ribbons that they chose.
Talk to strangers
Everyone at the Compliance Institute
wearing a conference badge is another
compliance professional. You have a lot in
common. So don’t be shy, say hello.
At lunch, don’t sit with people you
know. Plunk yourself down at a table with
strangers and you’ll likely leave with at
least two new friends.
While we’re on the topic, be sure
to attend the Networking Receptions.
They’re there to help you get to know
your peers. Plus, the food is always good.
Stick to your agenda…unless
You spent all that time picking sessions,
now be sure to see them. Don’t let emails
from the office get in your way. But, have
some flexibility, too. If you hear that
there’s a really good speaker, go for it.
Remember those business cards
Remember those business cards you
brought? Don’t leave them in your room.
And have them readily available, so you
don’t have to fumble for them.
Spend time in the CI Exhibit Hall
The vendors won’t bite. They’re there
to show you the products and services
they have. Use the time to get a better
handle of the solutions out there to
your problems, whether it’s a piece of
software you would love to have or a
Relax and have fun
The Compliance Institute is the one time
Back to work
of year you literally get to surround your-
self with thousands of other healthcare
compliance professionals. They know
what you’re going through, since they’ve
probably been there as well. So, let down
your hair, extend a hand, and enjoy
Once you’re back home from the Institute,
it’s time to put everything you’ve learned
Get it on paper
Write down your key takeaways and
what you want to put into practice in
your compliance program. It sounds
obvious, but it’s a great way to make sure
you don’t lose track of all those ideas you
had. Maybe put the list up above your
desk and cross them off when you get
And don’t forget that list is great proof
of the value to your compliance program
for sending you to the Institute.
Debrief with your colleagues
Don’t keep that great learning to yourself. If you attended the Institute with
other colleagues, share and combine your
notes. If you went alone, let the rest of the
team know what you learned, so they can
Reach out to your new contacts
You know all those business cards you
picked up at the meeting? Send a follow-up note to people saying how glad you
were to meet them, and you hope that
they’ll stay in touch. It helps lay the
groundwork for when you may need a
sympathetic ear and good advice a month
or so later, or even a year later.
Finally, be sure to reserve April 7–10,
2019 for the next Compliance Institute,
which will be taking place in Boston.