10 People, Places And Things You Can’t Miss at NFDA 2014October 10th, 2014
Can you believe the 2014 NFDA International Convention & Expo is already here?!
Last year’s convention was such a success, we’re SO ready for yet another amazing year! That’s why we’ve handpicked some of our favorite people, places and things that you won’t want to miss out on while attending NFDA in Nashville this year!
Be sure to check them all out (and don’t forget to say hi to the funeralOne crew at booth #711)!
1. The new NFDA mobile app
If there’s one thing we’re crazy about here at funeralOne, it’s new and innovate technology. NFDA recently released their official mobile app for the event, and we’ve got to say, it’s pretty awesome. With easy access to the workshop schedules, FAQ’s and even social media updates, it’s safe to say it’s definitely worth downloading if you’ll be at NFDA this year.
2. The ultimate Service of Remembrance experience
When: Tuesday, October 14th, 9:45am – 11am
What better way to honor the memory of our funeral service family members who have passed away than the beautiful sounds of Nashville music? This year’s service will include a special appearance by country music star Vince Gill, who will perform his hit song “Go Rest High on that Mountain.” funeralOne is extremely excited to provide the Service of Remembrance video experience for NFDA this year, so we hope to see you there!
3. Get your country music fix at “Honky Tonk Highway”
If it’s cool beer and country music’s hottest tunes you’re looking for, Honky Tonk Highway is the place to be. Be sure to check out the classics like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, The Stage, Bluegrass Inn and Robert’s Western World. As the birthplace for many country stars careers like Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley and Gretchen Wilson, you never know what kinds of celebs you might find walking those streets.
4. Meet one of funeral service’s favorite bloggers
When: Sunday, October 12th, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Caleb Wilde has been gracing national news headlines ever since he started his blog, Confessions of a Funeral Director. Caleb’s one of our favorite guest bloggers and faces in funeral service. And this year at NFDA, he’ll be hosting his first-ever workshop called “Transparency and Social Media: Creating an Ethical Edge for Your Firm”. During his workshop, he’ll teach you how to use transparency and authenticity online to connect with your families in new ways.
5. Get artsy at Artober Nashville
One of the greatest things about October in Nashville is Artober, a month-long celebration of arts and culture in Nashville. Every week brings a slew of activities ranging from poetry workshops to art shows, so be sure to make time to check it out while you’re there. Click here for the full schedule of events.
6. Learn how to close your firm’s generation gap at Lacy Robinson’s workshop
When: Tuesday, October 14th, 8:30am – 9:30am
Lacy Robinson has been a great friend of our team’s for years, and her workshops have been on the top of our “to-do” list every year. There’s a reason for that, and it’s because she’s one of the best and brightest women in funeral service. This year, Lacy will be tackling a hugely controversial topic in the funeral profession with her workshop “Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation”: Four Generations in the Funeral Home”. During her workshop, she’ll discuss the 11 points of conflict among the generations and how they can be resolved to increase the success of your funeral home. If you have a wide age range at your firm, it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss!
7. Wine and dine at the NFDA Welcome Party
When: Sunday, October 12th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The best way to start your NFDA 2014 experience? Going to an unforgettable welcome party, of course! NFDA is hosting an epic evening of wining, dining and entertainment at the historic Wildhorse Saloon. The three-level venue features a restaurant, bar, dance club and live music venue all in one. Just like every NFDA Welcome Party, you can expect to have a great time and network with tons of like-minded professionals.
8. Try uniquely Nashville cuisine
While you’re in Nashville, you can’t forget to treat your tastebuds to some infamous Nashville grub. Whether you’re looking for a quick casual lunch or a fancy dinner at a historic Mansion, Nashville’s got it all. Some of our favorites include Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden, ACME Feed & Seed. And don’t forget dessert- Nashville was recently ranked No. 3 on Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Best Cities for Ice Cream”. Be sure to check out this list of Nashville’s best cuisine… you won’t regret it!
9. Learn about the success of funeral service’s biggest education campaign
When: Wednesday, October 15th, 8am – 9am
When the Have The Talk Of a Lifetime public education campaign was launched at NFDA last year by Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC), funeral professionals everywhere jumped on the bandwagon and helped spread the word to make it a success. One year later, FAMIC is hosting a workshop to discuss the campaign efforts used and the success stories behind them. They’ll also help your funeral home get started educating families with Have The Talk of a Lifetime by handing out free marketing tools and giving you the information you need to use them. We don’t know about you, but we’re super excited to hear about the success of our favorite education campaign this year!
10. Find out who won the NFDA Innovation Award…
Every year, members of the NFDA select a winner for their annual innovation award. Last year, the funeralOne team was stoked to take home the NFDA Innovation Award for our f1Connect Mobile Websites. This year, there are five nominees for the award, including Aurora, Frontrunner Professional, Duncan Stuart Todd, The Dodge Company, and… (drum roll please) funeralOne! That’s right, funeralOne is in the running to win the innovation award for a second year in a row for our newest addition, the revolutionary f1Cloud Storage. Be sure to be there for the announcement and cheer on this year’s winner!
BONUS: Visit funeralOne Booth #711 to get an exclusive preview of the NEW f1Connect
We have a lot of new and exciting things going on here at funeralOne and we can’t wait to share them at NFDA 2014! But don’t just take our word for it…come by and see us at booth #711 to see what’s new!
What are YOU most excited to see or do at NFDA 2014? Tell us in the comments below!