Tips for Convention First Timers

Attending your first NFDA International Convention & Expo can prove both exciting and overwhelming. Here are some essential tips to help you make the most of your experience and alleviate any anxiety you might feel.

First Timers Orientation

Convention Center Registration Area

Sunday, October 20, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Monday, October 21, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.

Get ready for the convention by attending one of these First Timers Orientation sessions. Hear from NFDA convention pros, meet fellow funeral service professionals attending their first convention, tour the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and receive a small token of appreciation for attending. You'll leave this session prepared to enjoy your first NFDA convention with confidence.

Plan Ahead

Look for supplementary materials or pre-conference readings provided by NFDA. Prioritize sessions aligned with your interests and goals. Identify unique insights and networking opportunities.

Download the My NFDA App

Get the official My NFDA app to access the convention schedule, session details, maps, and attendee lists. You'll also use it to scan for CE credits after each session.

Attend the "Know Before You Go" Webinar

NFDA will host a webinar for first-time attendees this October, so you'll know what to expect and have an opportunity to ask questions before leaving for New Orleans. Watch your inbox this summer for more details. 


Participate in networking sessions, receptions and social gatherings. These are excellent opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals.

Chat Informally

Don't be afraid to strike up conversations after workshops, sessions and other events. Approach speakers, fellow attendees and exhibitors to exchange ideas and contacts.

Use the Buddy System

Find a colleague or fellow attendee to navigate the NFDA convention together. Having a buddy can help you stay accountable, share insights, and provide moral support. Your buddy can also introduce you to their contacts, expanding your network.

Ask for Help

NFDA staff members and fellow attendees know what it's like to be in your shoes, so don't be afraid to stop and ask for help. Every question you have is important. You'll be amongst peers who are happy to assist you.

Preparation and collaboration will make your convention experience more enjoyable and productive. NFDA wants your experience to be a positive one, and we're sure you'll want to come back year after year!