NADR Members Share Reasons They Attend NADR Conferences
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
We invite you to take part in sessions that will help your business adapt to the changing times, make better connections with colleagues from across the country and grow your business. You will participate in sessions focused on enhancing skills in cross-examination, medical knowledge, technology tips and professional development to enhance your representation skills. There will be many opportunities to expand your network by engaging with like-minded professionals in curated focus groups and networking events. We even have one session that will allow you to get to know other representatives from your region!
We could list many benefits of attending our conferences, but we thought it would be best to ask some of our regular attendees their reasons. If you are on the fence about registering, and would like to speak to one of our "regulars" about what they gain from the experience, let us know. We'll be happy to put you in touch with them!
Unlike many other professional organizations, after attending a few of these get togethers you will find that your colleagues become more than just someone who does the same work as you do, but friends and trusted mentors. Dare I say that some even become closer than family. The diversity of knowledge this group has within its membership is truly second to none. The best way to experience our collective knowledge - and put a face to a name - is to meet your future family face to face. - Art Kaufman
Many of us are solo practitioners. Apart from the talklist, we do not have regular opportunities to talk business with other knowledgeable people. Casual conversations between sessions and over meals is always meaningful. One idea that wins one case pays for the conference.
– Charles Cerling
I attend because I always learn something every conference that makes me more money than the costs of the conference. Even apart from how fun the conference is, it is just a matter of math.
-David F. Chermol, Esq.
I am fairly new (starting my third year) and building my business. Financially, I cannot afford to go to the conferences, but I will never miss another one. I went to Washington and to Atlanta. (Missed Austin because of family illness, but had my pennies saved so I could have gone.) For both conferences I attended, I can directly point to one or more claims where I won a full fee by using something I learned at the conference, so I cannot afford NOT to go. Really important things I get from the conference:
· Learn ways to streamline some of my work allowing me to take on more clients.
· Correct things I was doing wrong, or doing in ways that were causing me trouble.
· Talk to former DDS employees and SSA employees who clarified for me what was happening behind the scenes and how to better navigate the system.
· Meet other reps who have become mentors and resources for me.
· Develop friendships with other reps from my area/state.
· Get my Prevail and Atlasware questions answered.
· I regularly say to clients “At my professional association conference….” They like to know that I am working at being better at my job.
NADR conference is so important to me that I changed my business credit card to one that gets airline miles, and last year I got a roommate for the hotel. Not only did it save me half the cost, I also found a wonderful new friend in Mary Perry!
- C. Jane Johnson
I think I come away from conferences with a stronger sense of security in hearings. Some of my knowledge is confirmed by conference, sometimes I see things differently, and sometimes I learn a whole new answer (sometimes to questions I didn't know I had). All of which results in more professional and effective representation.
There is absolutely NO WAY I can afford to miss a conference. I could not survive in this industry without people to share my pain and my joy with. If you are not attending these conferences then I can almost guarantee you that you are not fully advocating for your clients. You will miss some tools the rest of us are using to enhance outcomes. How could I look my clients in the eye knowing this?
- Phil Litteral
I still consider myself new. This will be my second conference. I would not miss it for any reason, other than a personal emergency (God forbid). I got so much out of it last year and anticipate it will fruitful again this year. The Conference provided enthusiasm to carry me through the year. The amount of knowledge I gained could not have been obtained in any book. Some of the benefits for me were: meeting people; hearing how colleagues run their businesses; mock hearing made my first hearing less intimidating (even though I was a nervous wreck for a month before the hearing); workshops were very informative and necessary; vendors provided information on technology; and many more advantages made the Conference valuable for me. Oh yea — and the fun too. - Trudie Fagan
There are so many, it is difficult what to choose so that I don’t rattle on way too long! Most Important to me: Steve told me the first year that I went, that if I learn one thing at the conference that helps me win one case, the conference has more than paid for itself. I have found great bits of information every year, of course, the first few years was more like wheelbarrows full of information! I have also been lucky enough to present a few times at the conference; that is also a great experience. When you research something to present, you gain so much more than when you attend, you can’t help be to learn even more. I encourage others to present as well. Being able to rub elbows with some of these people is also an enriching experience, getting the “down and dirty” unedited version of how people feel about the rules and laws is very enlightening! Also, it is loads of fun!!! It is a great time every year! - Glenn Skinner
I enjoy the people and the networking. It's good to share experiences and know that I'm not the only one having issues with Social Security ! - Lori Mote
I learn something every year, or relearn something, or get a new perspective so I go for the potential financial gain. I also enjoy talking with people who understand the acronyms I use, and I enjoy visiting with the people that come to the conferences. I even enjoy seeing what new technologies are being shown by the vendors. – Steve Skinner
Heck, it’s fun…yes, learning something new invaluable but come for the fun too! -Barbara Manna