Are you involved in the food industry and have the opportunity to visit a conference in the states that addresses food safety issues? Are you wondering whether you should go, let someone else attend, go together or avoid it entirely? If you find yourself in this predicament, then you need to think carefully about the options and choose the best one for your situation.
For one thing, you will need to take a look at who and what is expected to be going on at the conference. Who are the speakers and presenters that you are already aware of? Is there the chance at this point that more might be added or has the list already been set? What do these folks offer to you personally and professionally?
For instance, if the conference has a speaker regarding food safety that is in the same hospitality niche as your business, you might be more inclined to go than if the person were involved in a different area of the food service industry.
Of course, there are plenty of topics that are universal, so you never want to discount a person speaking simply because they are not in the same particular group as your company. So, take a look at each of the subjects being presented and weigh out their importance on a scale of one to ten.
You should have several that are eight or over if you are to go or send someone else to attend. If your interest in the entire project doesn’t fall above the midline, then it probably won’t be that beneficial for you.
However, you might find that allowing others in your business to go is the best course of action. For instance, there might be a couple of things that rank high on the list of importance, but that more directly involve other members of your staff. If so, then it makes more sense to have those in supervisory positions to attend the conference and bring the information back to the rest of the team.
Of course, you will also have budget considerations when you are planning for your food safety conference trip. These business expenses are well worth it if the presentation has a solid lineup of presenters with valuable information to help catapult your success.
Each time a conference opportunity comes along, you should assess it to see how expensive it is compared to the amount of money it will cost as well. For example, if there is an expo in your city with several interesting but not essential topics, you might choose to attend anyway because you will not have to spend for lodging and related expenses that would be involved with an out of town experience.
Staying on top of industry standards is essential if you are going to remain competitive in the food service industry. Keep in mind you can always follow YouTube videos that teach best practices. After all, one bad review regarding unsafe food online can create a lot of damage! Stay safe!