The Consultant - 2018 - 62

MUSINGS

Why not Surround
Yourself with the Best?
VICTOR E. HEMARD JR., ACF

T

hinking about going to the
ACF National Conference in
Asheville next June?
Personally, I didn't have to
think twice. I'm all in. From my point
of view, it's a chance to surround myself
with the best in the consulting forestry
profession. This is one opportunity I'm
not going to pass up.
Like most associations, ACF has a
meeting every year. It's a chance for the
association to boost its revenue a bit, but
more importantly, it offers continuing
education for members. As an added benefit, the ACF National Conference allows
members to reconnect with other consultants, vendors and long-time friends.
And what about new relationships? The
ACF National Conference is an excellent
opportunity to develop new relationships
in a relaxed and friendly setting with
other consultants with similar interests.
Thinking about taking on a client in
another part of the country? Chances are
there are other consultants at the meeting
who have already worked there and can
tell you about the pitfalls, the opportunities and what service offerings have
been successful.
First of all, you want to make the most
of the time and money you and your
associates are investing to attend the ACF
National Conference. Just like any business undertaking, you'll benefit greatly
by planning ahead. This year's meeting
is being held at The Omni Grove Park
Inn. You can make a reservation now at
the hotel and receive a special ACF rate. I
always prefer to stay at the hotel hosting
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the meeting. You'll not only avoid having
to drive back and forth to the meeting
hotel every day, you'll be more engaged
with the rest of the members and meeting events if you're staying at the hotel
hosting the meeting.
Study the meeting agenda to see who
will be speaking and what educational
opportunities or field trips will be offered.
Register for these early, particularly if
there's a limit on the number of participants. Decide what you want to do
and what sessions you'd like to attend.
Plan ahead to make the most of your
opportunities to learn and connect with
other members.
That brings me to one main point:
Don't hide in your room! If you don't
know anyone, just mention that when
you register. Director Lynn Wilson and
the meeting staff are very good at their
jobs. They'll introduce you to at least one
person to help get you started. That person could very well be me.
If you're an introvert by nature, like me,
you have to work at it a little to engage
people. From their badge, you can get
the person's name and the firm they represent. Just ask them about things they
would have an interest in. For example:
What consulting services do you offer?
Who are your clients? Do you have a family? Where do you live? Where are you
from originally?
Does it sound like it's all about the
other person? Of course it is. That's how
you learn and engage with other people.
The ACF National Conference is a unique
opportunity to talk about all things in a

non-business environment. It's a relationship-building event. Just be yourself.
Here are some tips that will help you
have a successful meeting.
Bring plenty of business cards. You'll
be surprised how many people have
attended meetings intent on making new
contacts, but fail to bring business cards.
It doesn't give the impression of someone
who is fully engaged in their business or
profession.
What about cell phones? Turn them off
or go into vibrate mode. This is just a common courtesy to event speakers. If you
have to take a call, step out of the room.
You also want to be healthy and alert
for the meeting. Drink lots of water, eat
well and move around during the breaks.
Have a drink at the social events, but don't
overdo it.
Finally, my last tip for the ACF National
Conference is to stay until the end and
get your money's worth. Some of the best
speakers appear on the last day. Why miss
out on what may prove to be the most
entertaining part of the meeting? You've
already invested the time and money to
make the trip to Asheville. Don't cut it short.
Make the most of it. Stay engaged with the
other members until the meeting is over.
I always remember what my mother
told me: "You can't pick your relatives,
but you can pick your friends and associates." I always choose to associate with
winners...the best in our profession.
There will be plenty of winners waiting
for you at the ACF National Conference
in Asheville. Why not surround yourself
with the best?
THE CONSULTANT

2018



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2018

From the Executive Director End Notes
From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
Changes of Biblical Proportions
Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
Invasive Species 101
Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The History of Forestry in Ireland
The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
Products & Services Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
The Consultant - 2018 - Intro
The Consultant - 2018 - cover1
The Consultant - 2018 - cover2
The Consultant - 2018 - 3
The Consultant - 2018 - 4
The Consultant - 2018 - 5
The Consultant - 2018 - From the Executive Director End Notes
The Consultant - 2018 - From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
The Consultant - 2018 - Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
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The Consultant - 2018 - 10
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The Consultant - 2018 - Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
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The Consultant - 2018 - The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
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The Consultant - 2018 - The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
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The Consultant - 2018 - Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
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The Consultant - 2018 - Changes of Biblical Proportions
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The Consultant - 2018 - Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
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The Consultant - 2018 - Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
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The Consultant - 2018 - Invasive Species 101
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The Consultant - 2018 - Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
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The Consultant - 2018 - Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The Consultant - 2018 - The History of Forestry in Ireland
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The Consultant - 2018 - The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
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The Consultant - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
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The Consultant - 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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The Consultant - 2018 - Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
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