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Implementing New Ideas from EMS Expo 2009

EMS Expo 2009 attendees from around the world are now home. Did you go to EMS Expo? Which presentations were the best? How many new ideas did you get from speakers, vendors, and other attendees? I always leave conferences with a long list of ideas to use as an EMS professional, share with my colleagues, and ask my employer about. These are my Everyday EMS Tip for turning conference ideas and aspirations into action.

  1. Stop reading now and make a list if you have not already (I think a handwritten list is better because you will have something to tack up or take with you), of at least 10 ideas you got at the conference. Include ideas that apply to you – personally and professionally – as well as ideas to implement in your organization.
  2. Review your list. Mark items as personal or professional.
  3. You should have some items that can be done quickly and others that might take you weeks or months to implement. That is OK.
  4. Pick one easy to item on your list and do it right now.

Welcome back. What did you do? Cross that item off your list.

  1. Prioritize the remaining items on your list. Pick a few to complete in the next few days. Build on your early successes.
  2. Post the list at your desk or some other place where you will see it frequently in the days to come.

My post-Expo list:

  1. Write two articles for about turning conference presentation and exhibit hall ideas into action (completed on the plane ride home).
  2. Compose handwritten notes to people that supported and encouraged me as a speaker at EMS Expo (composed on the plane ride and an ambulance shift on Monday. Now I am searching for addresses for everyone).

Thanks for sharing your ideas and actions in the comments area. I hope to connect with you at the next EMS conference. Which conference are you headed to next?

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.