Summer is here! And I have been thinking about some of the Funeral conferences and exhibitions I have been to so far this year. I met lots of interesting people. Attended some insightful seminars and had the opportunity to go to networking events.
With this in mind, I thought I’d share a few of the upcoming Funeral conferences, events and exhibitions for the rest of 2023. These events provide exceptional opportunities to learn and network. As well as discover the latest trends and innovations in the Funeral industry.
Here are four to take note of:
First on my list is the NFDA 2023 International Convention and Expo. Taking place at The Las Vegas Convention Centre, from 10th to 13th September 2023. This event is hosted by the National Funeral Directors’ Association. It promises insightful seminars, cutting-edge exhibits and unparalleled networking opportunities.
Moving on, next is The Good Funeral Awards on 23rd September 2023. Hosted by the Association of Green Funeral Directors in the UK. This unique event is set in the National Conference Centre, Solihull. During the day it will have an agenda of talks and the opportunity to visit the exhibition hall. Then in the evening, it recognises the hard work and dedication of professionals in the industry. Highlighting those who strive for more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.
October brings us to my hometown. It’s the Funeral Times Trade Show Ireland. On from 3rd to 4th October 2023 at The Pavilion at Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin. This event hasn’t happened since 2017. And there is a major buzz about it from everyone I have spoken with here in Ireland. It offers a unique blend of Irish charm and a global perspective on funeral care. With educational and inspiring seminars and an even bigger exhibition hall than ever before.
Last but not least is The British Institute of Funeral Directors‘ “41st Conference and Trade Show” from 20th to 22nd October 2023. The BIFD event is synonymous with excellence in the Funeral industry. It is a full weekend beginning with a joint BIFD and Funeral Supplier Association Trade Show. Then their Diploma in Funeral Service Awards Ceremony and a Gala Dinner. What an amazing event this will be and I am sure it will be a great weekend.
Making the most of attending!
Attending these exhibitions, of course, comes with a host of networking opportunities. While traditional methods like exchanging business cards are still valid. I want to emphasise the growing importance of LinkedIn. This is growing in the networking landscape for Funeral professionals.
LinkedIn provides two primary benefits over business cards:
- Firstly, it allows for continuous engagement. Unlike a business card, which can be lost or forgotten, LinkedIn allows you to stay connected with professionals you meet at these Funeral events. You can share insights, engage with their posts and even introduce them to other connections in your network.
- Secondly, LinkedIn can showcase your expertise and your brand’s unique value proposition. Your LinkedIn profile is more than just your contact information. It is a live portfolio that represents your professional identity, complete with endorsements and recommendations.
In the Funeral and Death Care industry trust, credibility and compassion are paramount. A well-curated LinkedIn profile is becoming more and more instrumental. It conveys these qualities mentioned to potential clients or partners. By leveraging LinkedIn, you can advance your networking strategy from simply making contacts to building meaningful professional relationships.
Hope to meet many of you at future events. If we haven’t connected on LinkedIn yet, please feel free to reach out. You will find me under Eimer Duffy. I am always eager to connect, listen and share insights. One tip I have is to follow on social media any funeral conferences, events or exhibitions ahead of time. Plus check out the hashtag they are using and see what is being posted and who might be going!
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