Hello Partners!

Are you considering attending WPC for the first time? If so, listen up!
We’re doing more than ever to support first time attendees (FTAs) to make sure you’re ready for WPC even before you get there. WPC Connect is getting a refresh, and it will feature a group just for FTAs, where you can join discussions with fellow first-timers, find contacts and recommended sessions, and engage with content designed to help new attendees maximize the return on investment (ROI) for attending the conference. A Networking 101 Primer that we will release later this year will detail best practices for successful networking at WPC, and the hashtag #new2wpc on Twitter will detail special FTA tips and tricks starting 30 days before the event. And, once you get to Washington, D.C., we’re encouraging first time attendees to attend FTA luncheons where you can connect with relevant contacts.
More activities, resources, and information about the events available at WPC will be released at the end of January, including new information about 2014’s updated First Time Attendee program. We’re very excited to unveil even more exclusive offerings before we welcome you to WPC, so stay tuned!
David Gersten and Mitchell Feldman, both Microsoft partners, wrote blogs about their experiences at WPC 2013 as first time attendees. I encourage you to read about their takeaways to get an idea of what unforeseen opportunities are in store for you and how you can prepare to get the most out of WPC.
The IAMCP is another excellent resource for any partner new to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) or to WPC. If you haven’t heard about why the IAMCP is so important and how it can impact your business, please visit the IAMCP page, where we’re featuring partners discussing the essential value of IAMCP membership. It’s a great way to get connected and stay engaged.
At WPC, you can put aside any anxiety about your first time at a new event. Every partner at WPC was once in your shoes, and there’s a reason they came back. Most partners cite the connections they make as the major reason they attend WPC year after year, and the conference has an incredible amount to offer beyond networking. So join us at WPC and start building your own essential connections. Register today for WPC and we’ll see you in Washington, D.C. July 13-17.