Hello Partners!

With WPC just two days away, we checked in with our First Time Attendees to see what questions they would ask partners who have attended the Worldwide Partner Conference before. If you have similar questions, be sure to attend this year’s new attendee orientation session, Make the Most of the First Time Attendee Experience, which will take place on Sunday, July 13 from 1-2 p.m. in Room 206 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
If you could ask a WPC veteran attendee anything, what would it be and why?

As this is my first WPC, I want to be able to get the most out of the experience, so my first question for a WPC veteran would be exactly that: what is the best way to get the most value from my week in Washington, D.C.? There are so many sessions, so any advice on ‘must see’ sessions would be helpful. I’ll be making sure to make time to look around the Expo Hall and speak to many of the exhibitors, but it would also be good to understand how valuable the evening events are, the best places to meet up with other partners for drinks/dinner before and after the conference and if there are other informal social events I could attend to meet and mix with other attendees.
As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, one of my main objectives of attending WPC 2014 is to network with other partners and Microsoft employees. Therefore, it would be great to understand how veterans plan their networking strategy before they attend the conference, the best places to meet with people and the most effective ways to maximise networking opportunities during the conference. As this is a week-long event, with many networking opportunities, I’m sure I will meet a lot of new people, so are there any tips on keeping track of all the people that I meet? It would also be great to find out how veterans follow up with the numerous people they have met after the conference ends.
I can’t wait to fly to Washington, D.C. on Saturday and hope to see some of you at the First Time Attendees session on Sunday!

I can’t believe WPC is almost here! Before I arrive in Washington, D.C., I have two questions for veteran attendees.
First, with so many events through the year, what makes you choose to keep coming back to WPC? Choosing an event is always so hard because in the Dynamics space there is: Convergence, Convergence EMEA, WPC, the Microsoft User Group Summits, Directions and many smaller partner events. What puts WPC at the top of your list?
Second, what value does WPC bring to your organization? I can already tell there is a great lineup of sessions that will make my job easier. I am also looking forward to the many networking opportunities but I would love to hear what the veteran attendees have to say about the value of WPC.

If I could ask a WPC veteran anything, it would be how they ascertain the right balance of networking versus attending scheduled sessions – and if it fluctuates back and forth over the years. I am finding, for myself, that I am already wanting to have two of “me” go to the conference, so I can hit as many of the great sessions on the cloud opportunities as I can while another “me” should have plenty of time during the day to be meeting new peers and Microsoft employees. My tendency is to jump on the sessions heavily, but I am told by others that the networking is where it’s at.

Remember: if you have a question of your own, you can always ask it in the First Time Attendee group on WPC Connect or on Twitter with the hashtags #WPC14 and #new2wpc! We’ll be checking back in with our First Time Attendees after WPC 2014 ends to hear more about their experience, so be sure to tune in.
We’ll see you soon in D.C.!