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Robert Algeri
Robert Algeri

Nancy,
What a nice post. I'm looking forward to meeting you -- more than ever.
Looking forward to meeting everyone on Monday!

Brad Neese
Brad Neese

“Hi, Nancy. This will be my 1st conference. I just wanted to say hi.”

You must have written this article with me in mind. I am generally an introvert in social situations, or at least until I get to know people. This will indeed be my first LMA conference. I'm hoping to get a lot out of this conference so I can come back to our firm and tell them it was money worth spent. But to be perfectly honest, the only thing I've been dreading is being in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people. I just am not a naturally outgoing social person, especially among "strangers."

So, I will try to muster up the courage to come say hi to you, Nancy. It's the least I could do after such a relevant article for me!

Bettina Rutherford
Bettina Rutherford

Yes, that introvert would be me! But there is so much great advice on networking written by fellow LMAers that I'll be going back into the archives before I go. Even though I help the attorneys with their networking efforts, it's time to turn the tables. Having attended my last LMA conference in 1999 (!), I look forward to making a raft of new connections. See you all in Orlando. And thanks Nancy, for creating such a welcoming atmosphere!

Gail Lamarche
Gail Lamarche

Count me in too! In fact, we started off that way a few years ago when @RossFishman said to meet this wonderful person! Then it was @heather_morse @lancegoddard @lindsaygriffith @lalaland999 and so many more LMA friends. Thank you for posting this.

Betsy Munnell
Betsy Munnell

This is such a wonderful post, reflecting the abundant collegial instincts already evident in your blog posts and Twitter-style. I have yet to attend an LMA conference, as I only recently switched from law practice to business generation and other career development coaching for lawyers. Twitter and the blopgosphere have opened a fascuinating world of new people, almost all of whom I have yet to meet in person. Sadly, I cannot attend the Orlando conference, but I very much hope to be at the 2012 event. Is there an event between the two that you would recommend? Boston seems not to be on the tour route for LMA members, but I would love to meet you and Samantha and Lance and so many others.
Cheers!
Betsy

Jenn Johnson
Jenn Johnson

Nancy - you're so awesome to think of this! When we first held the first-timers gathering several years ago it was attended by a few people and has now grown to be a must-attend event! One of the things that newcomers will figure out quickly about the LMA community is that we are just that - a community! Such amazing people who are open and friendly. As I attend my 10th LMA conference this year, I am looking forward to greeting and welcoming the first-timers - remember we were ALL first timers once! See you soon! -Jenn

Lydia Bednerik
Lydia Bednerik

Very nice, Nancy. Count me in as one of those folks who will happily talk to almost anyone. Don't be shy. I found that I met a bunch of new folks at last year's conference because of pre-conference and during-conference engagement on Twitter. Even though I had been to a number of conferences over the years, it was great to branch out and meet new folks, rather than staying within my comfort zone. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in Orlando.

Lindsay Griffiths
Lindsay Griffiths

Great post Nancy! I'm definitely an introvert, even when I know people (I think this will be my 6th conference!). Laura's right - Twitter really helps - I felt like I knew a lot more people well already, and we fell in as old friends.

I'd be more than happy to put a hand out for any newbies - I remember my first conference too, and they're big enough that it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. Definitely feel free to find me (I'm usually with Nancy, so that won't be too hard :)).

Amy Knapp
Amy Knapp

Hey Nancy! I will do this with the hug part and I hope that you and I are going to find a little time to catch up with each other.
And I hope that any newbies at LMA will also come up and talk to me. I am somewhat introverted, but none-the-less, I lost my voice after both of the last 2 LMA national meetings talking (my head off?) to everyone I so rarely get to see.
See u all there!
Amy

Mimi Meredith
Mimi Meredith

This makes me really, really wish I was attending the conference!

Laura Gutierrez
Laura Gutierrez

As someone who attended LMA for the first time last year, I was one of "those people" who walked right up to Nancy and friends and said, "Hi, I'm Laura and I'm on Twitter." They knew who I was from following the Twitter hashtag, and we've all been friends since. I must say, it's one of the best moves I've made! :)

Twitter seems to be the ice breaker - the thing we have in common. We tweet our location for a reason, so take advantage and stop by to meet us.

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

Hey you big goof, very pertinent article..........just kidding of course, I can tell you have your 'stuff' together.

If I saw you for the first time, I better get a hug; but I know you a little bit better than a complete stranger (and that person still might get a hug from me).

I think you miss out on so much if you don't take the time to 'engage'. Easier said than done for a lot of people who are just uncomfortable going up to strangers. And I would say most of the people there are feeling the same way and would welcome someone coming up and introducing themselves even if it is just to say 'hi'.

Back in the day, I was pretty shy and introverted. Somewhere along the way I have flipped and I'm the total opposite now. I actually like going into a room or conference where I don't know anyone and taking the time to reach out and meet someone (or two). But I am a big goof so maybe that makes it easier for me...........

I would say the best approach is to make eye contact, say hello, introduce yourself and ask one or two open-ended 'softball' questions to get the ball rolling and just take it from there. In your minds-eye just picture it like you are talking with one of your friends.

Good luck w/ your conference..........you know that's right down the road from me; you just never know where I might show up................:)

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