Kim Kelly

How to succeed in life (and at Annual Session 2014)

AS14_logoIf you’ve visited ASDA’s website recently, you may have noticed that we’ve been counting down to today for quite a while. That’s because it’s the first day of Annual Session 2014, also known as “the best week ever.” But what makes this meeting so special? Is it the networking, the keynote speaker and other educational sessions, the exhibit fair or the President’s Gala? The answer is D. All of the above.

Annual session is a great environment to reconnect with what you enjoy most about the profession. Whether you made it to Annual Session 2014 or not, read on for how to make the most of a professional meeting.

Top 7 resources for predental students

ideaYou’re a predental and there is one thing on your mind = getting into dental school. You’ll have to work hard for good grades and a high score on the DAT. Your hard work combined with ASDA’s resources for predentals should make for some exciting results. Here are the top 7 resources you should be utilizing as a predental member of ASDA…

How to network like a lobbyist

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 4.12.21 PMProfessional lobbyists are paid influencers. Of course, networking is the cornerstone of lobbying. ASDA asked former ADA lobbyist Michael Brzica to speak at National Leadership Conference this past November. In case you missed the meeting, we had Michael distill some of his networking wisdom into four key points. Watch this video to glean networking tips from a professional lobbyist.

Network with informational interviews

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 3.55.34 PMToday’s Mingle Monday features Josh Lord from the Michigan Dental Association. Josh spoke this past fall at ASDA’s National Leadership Conference. He talked to dental students about how networking can be an instrument to further your career. One of Josh’s recommendations is to go on informational interviews to get in front of the people who can help advance your career. Watch this video for more on informational interviews and how to conduct one.

How to win a Gold Crown Award

ASDA Gold Crown AwardsWhether it’s organizing a fundraiser, hosting a predental day or writing for the national publications, ASDA volunteers make this organization strong. Each year ASDA presents awards to both chapters and individuals for the work they put into ASDA on a local and national level. The Gold Crown Awards encompasses chapter achievement awards (including the Ideal ASDA chapter award), media awards and the delegate of the year awards. The ceremony will be held Friday Feb. 28 during Annual Session 2014 in Anaheim, Calif. Watch this video to see what the ceremony entails (think: Oscars!). Continue reading for 5 tips to preparing a winning application.

How to find new places to network

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 3.26.53 PMIn this installment of Mingle Monday, Past President Dr. Colleen Greene helps you find “other” venues where networking is a good idea. Whether it’s your own community or a social event, you may have missed some networking opportunities without even realizing it. Watch the video now and checkout more networking tips on ASDA’s YouTube channel.

7 reasons to attend ASDA’s Annual Session

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 2.32.13 PMRead this post for a slideshow with 7 reasons you should attend ASDA’s Annual Session 2014 (Feb. 26-March 1). If you’ve been to the meeting before, you know it as the “best week ever.” Whether you’re interested in networking with other dental students, participating in ASDA’s House of Delegates or learning from the educational sessions offered, Annual Session always delivers. Watch this video trailer and then look over the 7 reasons you’ll want to attend Annual Session 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel.