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'Making Connections' Orientation Kicks Off IHRSA 2016

IHRSA 2016 kicked off bright and early Monday morning in the Member Center with the Making Connections Orientation, moderated by Nicole Johnson, senior sales manager at IHRSA. 

Over 50 first-time attendees (and some familiar faces looking for a refresher) joined Nicole to learn the tips and tricks to making the most of the biggest event of the year in the fitness world. Attendees from many of the 80 countries represented at IHRSA participated in the orientation, including IHRSA members from Japan, Australia, and Kazakhstan.

Nicole kicked off the session with an ice breaker, asking each person to turn to the person next to them and sketch their face on a sheet of paper. As the impromptu portraits were revealed, it sparked conversation and lots of laughter.

This session covered essential information including Member Center roundtables, how to use the program guide, navigating the Trade Show floor, and how and when to purchase session recordings. Nicole wrapped up the orientation by reminding the attendees that “We want this experience to be about YOU. We want you to walk away feeling like you had the best experience ever!”

Jim Worthington, of Newtown Athletic Club and the IHRSA Board of Directors, had words of encouragement for the group.

“Having attended IHRSA every year since 1983, I can tell you that you’ve made a great professional decision to come to IHRSA,” he said. “Everything you need to know is here. Do yourself a favor and meet as many people as you can. The only reason we are where we are today is because of this association, bar none.” 

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