OCT. 21 - 23, 2018 | LAS VEGAS
The DrivingSales Executive Summit is right around the corner! If you're planning on attending this year, here are 11 great ways to make the most out of your time.
Three days may not seem like a lot of time, but DSES is packed full of keynote speakers, breakouts, working lunches and dinners and more, meaning you probably won’t have much downtime to explore the City of Lights.
Plan your time at DSES as much as you can before you arrive. Choose which breakouts and meetings you want to attend beforehand, and make dinner reservations ahead of time to focus on the actual experience of being there rather than organization.
To preemptively avoid any issues with flight delays and the like, consider flying in a day early. The extra time gives you a chance to settle in, especially if it’s your first time attending DSES, and it gives you time to explore Vegas before the conference begins.
Bonus tip: you can take either a taxi or a bus from the airport to the Bellagio. The bus ride can take over an hour, though, so you may want to opt for a taxi. Nevada state law requires taxi drivers to ask passengers, “Do you want to take the tunnel, or the freeway?” Correct answer: take the freeway. The tunnel route is longer and thus costs more.
If you get hungry towards the end of the night and don’t want to spend too much cash on the items in the expensive mini-bar, opt to stock up on snacks and drinks from Walgreens or other more affordable options.
You could also buy a styrofoam cooler and fill it with hotel ice to ensure you have cold drinks, or look into getting a collapsible cooler if you want a more permanent option.
You don’t want to forget any chargers for your phone or tablet, but it’s also worth looking into portable chargers. Chances are you’ll be using your devices all day for note-taking and networking, and you don’t want your phone or tablet to die halfway through that one presentation you were dying to attend.
Your team could “divide and conquer” to cover the most ground at DSES, but it could leave you missing out on the speakers you really wanted to see. Make the most of your time at the conference and attend the breakouts you are most interested in. (Bonus: take good notes and share them with your colleagues, and maybe they’ll do the same.)
This should go without saying. You’re going to come into a LOT of information over the three days at DSES, and you want to retain as much of it as you can. Tablets are good for typing up notes during breakouts, but you can also take pictures of slides to make sure you catch all the information.
You have the chance to attend a huge automotive conference surrounded by industry professionals and executives; now is not the time to keep to yourself. Strike up conversations with other attendees; sit down with strangers for lunch and meet new people. It’s a great time to make new connections and improve your overall DSES experience.
Don’t forget to bring along business cards or other quick ways to share contact information!
The best hotel rates are always within the DrivingSales Executive Summit room block at the Bellagio. If you're planning on attending DSES, book your hotel room as soon as you register for the event. If you plan on staying somewhere else, look into the Vdara and the Aria, both of which are close by. Plus, the Aria has a “secret shortcut” to the Bellagio, and the Vdara has a walkway that is directly connected to the venue.
In other words, wear shoes that won’t kill your feet after a few days of walking around. While Vegas looks pretty compact, you can get between six to ten miles a day walking. Even the Bellagio is larger than you would think: it’s half a mile from one end to the other.
Eateries fill up fast in Vegas, especially at the Bellagio. Consider booking reservations at least two days in advance if you want to avoid eating dinner at 11 P.M. after a long day at the conference. You can always cancel reservations if another opportunity rears its head.
Bonus tip: The gelato from Café Gelato is a great way to end a long day.
Some restaurants worth checking out include:
● Rao’s, an upscale Italian restaurant at Caesar’s Palace
● Five50 Pizza Bar near the Aria
● China Poblano, a Chinese-Mexican fusion restaurant at the back of the Cosmopolitan
● Raku, a highly acclaimed Japanese charcoal grill
● Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Once DSES has wound down, don’t let the experience wither away! Get home, take your detailed conference notes, and make an action plan. Make a list of five to ten items, listed in order of importance, impact, resources, and time. Get a plan in motion, aiming to complete it in three to six months, and do it.
Don’t rush; take your time in planning to make the most of the conference and the information you brought home.
The 2018 DrivingSales Executive Summit runs from October 21-23.