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Attending trade shows, conferences and industry meetings are par for the course for an editor. For me, I get the opportunity to sit in on seminars as well as meet with manufacturers and readers over the course of a few days.

As an attendee, you have the opportunity to attend educational sessions, which provide chances to learn more about a particular area of interest while getting educational credit. You can also walk around the trade show floor, talking to manufacturers and seeing what's new or improved, and is available for your next project.

Trade shows and conferences provide a chance to get out of the workplace, away from doing the day-to-day routines that each of us becomes so used to, especially when we've been in a job for a long time. They also provide opportunities to learn and to connect, with people in our industry and sometimes even in other industries, with the possibility of being able to work together on a project, or a problem, and find a new way to do something or approach it with a different perspective.

The American Institute of Architect's (AIA) annual conference is probably one of my favorites to attend each year. The amount of people that attend, and the energy that is there, makes me excited to see what will come in the future for the architectural field. This month, AIA's Conference on Architecture is heading to Orlando, Fla., to explore the question of anticipation.

The three keynotes will concentrate on different aspects of anticipation. The first day's speakers-2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, Francis Kéré, Hon. FAIA, Elizabeth Diller, and Michael Murphy-define the vanguard of the socially engaged architect. The session "Anticipate Need: Design that Cares" will showcase thoughtful solutions, inspiring outcomes, and a passion for positive impact.

On day two, attendees will hear from NASA visual strategists Dan Goods and David Delgado and moderator Michael Bierut, who will reveal their methods for anticipating, embracing and overcoming challenges in their experiential work. "Anticipate Challenge: Design That Overcomes" will explore the power of creative thinking and unconventional paths to success.

The final keynote session, "Anticipate Change: Design that Evolves," features Harvard Business School professor and renowned social psychologist Amy Cuddy, who will share simple techniques to alleviate fear in high-pressure moments, perform consistently at the highest levels and empower others to do the same.

While you're at AIA, stop by booth #1678 and say hi.


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