Have you been to FNCE®?!

If not, you are seriously missing out on an amazing event. As a dietitian FNCEthis is right up there as one of THE best conferences to attend. It can also be one of the most overwhelming conferences to attend too. Below are my tips and tricks on how to CRUSH it at FNCE® this year and every year after it!


Be prepared. Be prepared. Be prepared.

It bears repeating. The quickest way to throw away hundreds of dollars is to go to a conference without sitting down and formulating a plan before you get there. Take time and ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What do you want to get out of the conference besides CEU’s?

  2. Why are you going this year as opposed to any other year?

I guarantee there will be no time to stop and pause once you arrive at the event, so take some time to complete the following items before you board that plane/train/car!

Here are a few tips on Crushin’ it- and if you want the FULL List click  HERE to get our FREE DOWNLOAD

  1. Make a plan

    • You will hit the ground running each day. Last year I was up at 5 AM for breakfast meetings and would not make it back to my room till after 11:30 PM  daily! Before you get to FNCE® pull up the session for each day and plan out what you want to go to along with what meeting you have daily.
    • Put everything into your clander or the FNCE® App to keep you organized. Rember to put the times on Eastern Time Zone
  2. Be a smart packer

    • No matter how many years I go toFNCE® it usually all starts out that day one everyone is super cute and dressed up and by the last day everyone has workout clothes or super comfortable outfits and tennis shoes on in session. That being said keep in mind you represent YOUR BRAND.
    • You might need a daytime outfit and night time outfit depending on what functions you have planned for yourself. You will be there 5 days, so that could be 10 outfits and shoes- how can you pair it down to mix and match to not over pack to save room for some SWAG!
  3. Make the session count

    • I LOVE SOCIAL MEDIA!! If you don’t know this about me oh you will, and I have made the mistake of spending the whole session Tweeting and would walk about of a session having no idea what information was shared.
    • Go to the session with the intention to learn, take notes, ask appropriate question and connect with people around you. The people in the session are just as valuable as the material. Before and after the session get to know the people around you and what made them come to the session
  4. Network for real

    • Self evaluation time – do you really know how to network? If so- awesome skip this section because your contacts are too full and you don’t need any more contact, social media followers, etc.
    • If you could use a boost in your contracts or social media – learn how to really network and be intentional about it. Be kind, be you, and be curious, and know meeting new people is hard! When someone comes up to you or you jump into a conversation of strangers keep in mind those 3 little tips and talking to strangers is easier.
    • I always like to start with where are you from? What brought you to FNCE® this year? What area of nutrition to practice in? Make the conversation about others not the ME Show.
  5. Have FUN

    • FNCE® is right up there with Disneyland for me!! It is a chance I get to see all my favorite RDN friends from around the country, make new friends, be surrounded by Lifers (like minded people who love everything I love) and totally nerd out on new nutrition information! Setting an intention and mindset for FNCE® will help to keep your mind in the right direction. What you put out there will come back to you.

I can’t wait to meet everyone at FNCE®! Leave a comment below if you are going to be there so we can meet up at the Member Market Place. Also, if you want to get the full list of Tips on How to Crush it at FNCE® click  HERE to get our FREE DOWNLOAD!


By Adrien Paczosa

Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties. Adrien is also a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian(CEDRD). Adrien began her path towards nutrition through her falling down. She has been a dancing since age 2 and in college was a Kilgore College Rangerette. During a practice, she took a fall and broke her foot, and that sparked the ideas of needing a new direction in her life. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Adrien began her career as a staff dietitian at the hospital in downtown Chicago. She was promoted to the hospital’s Director of Food Service and Nutrition and was responsible for all food preparation as well as patient nutritional care. While working at her clinical job, Adrien maintained her passion for movement by working as a personal trainer and nutrition coach in downtown Chicago. In 2006, Adrien returned to Texas to be close to family, friends, and warmer weather! She opened her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy in 2007 and has only continued to grown. To date, iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy has multiple locations, contracts with numerous corporations and treatment centers, and currently, five dietitians are employed under iLiveWell. “Creating better access to dietitians!” has been one of the driving forces of Adrien’s company.

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