7 Things You'll Learn at the Roller Skating Industry Convention and Trade Show
By Lynette Anacker March 16, 2016
The Roller Skating Industry Convention and Trade Show is the only event of its kind in the world. So, what will you learn to become a better and smarter business owner?
But don't take our word for it. Here are what a few attendees last year had to say about Convention.
- Learn how to be a teacher. Where else can you learn about how to employ an educational program in your skating center? The STEM Program training seminar during Roller Skating University will teach you the power of turning your skating center into an educational powerhouse.
- Learn how to be a bartender. Okay, not really, but you WILL learn about the pros and cons of serving alcohol to customers in your skating center.
- Learn how to think like a police officer. It's a hot topic, one that none of us even want to consider, but you'll learn what to do in active shooter scenarios in a skating center setting, as well as how to identify gang activity and behavior.
- Learn how to become a better designer. Attendees can download the trial version of Adobe Photoshop and bring along their computers to follow along in this hands-on class about Photoshop and Canva.
- Learn how to be a special effects pro. Your skating center ambiance is, hands-down, one of the most important parts of owning your business. Learn how to use fog and special effects to maximize your customer's experience.
- Learn how to be a better networker. As a business owner, you understand that talking to fellow skating center owners is one of the wonderful aspects of attending Convention. With more than 500 people in the same business all in one room, there is never a shortage of knowledge to go around.
- Learn how to be a marketing guru. If there's one thing business owners know, it's that marketing (or lack thereof) can make or break the bank. It's also that word of mouth and a smiling face can mean everything. This year's marketing assembly speaker will teach attendees how to market through customer service.
- We have been absent from the conventions for a decade because we have been working IN our business instead of ON our business. We had the pleasure of meeting and working with Mr. Bill Carlson many years ago and we are finally going to take his advice to heart! I appreciate all the work that is involved in creating a well-run convention. For the managers at both our locations it was their first experience with the RSA and it has given them both a new way of looking at their rinks. It was a lot of fun, it created a lot of brainstorming and I’m exhausted today! As I look over all my notes from the past week I’m almost overwhelmed with ideas and “to dos.”
- Great time at convention! Feels like I am refreshed with a few ideas and ready to go into summer full steam ahead! Shout out to all who worked so hard thanks for the fun!
- Thank you to everyone involved in putting together the convention. It was great to see so many friends and make new ones, too!
- After 10 years of finding excuses not to attend the convention, we focused on the reasons we must attend. The seminars, the networking and the knowledge gained from people that understand as no one else can was priceless. Although, we didn’t spend time with a lot of different operators, the ones we did were very open, kind and helpful. No one person or operator has all the answers but as a group, we can help each other be successful. Thanks to everyone who had any input in this convention. We greatly appreciate it and hopefully all of the first timers like my husband and I will take all that we learned and make our rinks and communities better in the years ahead!
- Thank you RSA for a great convention. People were great!
- Once again another great RSAI convention. Not only did the committee and the staff do an outstanding job but also I credit myself for being more open and less afraid. I approached people I didn’t know. Participated more than I did in the past and learned more than I expected.
- Thank you everyone in the Roller Skating Association! Convention was great! THANK YOU for my award! Words don’t express how appreciative I am to receive an award from the RSAI!
- I had a great time at the convention!
- The only connection we’ve had with the RSA were our Pepsi issues and our Facebook page interaction. We were thoroughly impressed with how the RSA put together this convention. The seminars were informative, helpful and well thought out to make all of our businesses successful, regardless of the level we are on. Meeting everyone together gave us immeasurable help and insight in improving our business. I’ve seen other members say they can’t get to a convention or a section meeting. All I have to say is that whatever you have to do...DO IT! If it means closing your business for a couple of days, then DO IT! If it means scraping money together to get there...DO IT! Everyone in this group wants to help everyone else. JUST DO IT! You won’t be disappointed! Thank you RSA!
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