How should I dress?
We want you to be comfortable, so plan accordingly. If you are doing a video presentation, or if you have appointments with publishing experts, you will want to look more professional. The conference center has excellent air conditioning and tends to be on the cool side, so make sure you bring a sweater or jacket.
What time should I arrive?
If you have registered for the pre-conference lunch, arrive by noon. If you have registered for a pre-conference session, you will need to arrive before that begins. The 3-hour sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. If you have registered for a video or the interview with Carol, you will be sent your time slot by email 2 weeks in advance. If you have time constraints with flights, please notify Bonnie by email. If you have registered for Thursday’s dinner, arrive before 5 p.m. The opening session will begin at 6 p.m.
What should I bring with me?
You will receive a notebook when you arrive containing materials from all the keynote and breakout sessions. It will have space for taking notes. It will also have a printout of your selection for each session just in case you forget to bring it with you.
You will want to bring your Bible, laptop, iPad or tablet. The Prince Center does not have a business center, but they will make copies if needed for a small fee.
What is the cancellation policy?
We have a very generous cancellation policy. If you find you cannot come this year, you can transfer your registration to next year with no penalty or problem if there is a price increase or change. If you would rather just cancel, all of your money is returned, with the exception of a $100 pre-registration fee. But that money is not lost to you. If you find you can attend another year, that money is applied to your registration at that time.
Is there Internet available?
Yes. The entire conference center has Wi-Fi.
Can I change tracks?
No. The track you select (Speaking or Writing) determines your small group time. A great deal of preparation goes into the small group experience. Those in the Speaking Track will have the opportunity to speak twice in front of a small group of their peers and will be critiqued by a trained leader. Those in the Writing Track will have a 1st Page Peer Critiquing session as well as a Q & A with publishing experts, and appointments with publishing experts.
Do I need to select breakout sessions from just one track, or can I choose from both tracks?
Feel free to choose from either track. We want this experience to be as valuable as possible for each person attending. Chose the breakout sessions that will most significantly impact your personal ministry. If you are a first-time attendee to the Speaking Track, we do have a list of recommendations that will give you the tools needed to be prepared to speak with confidence in almost any situation. That list can be found on the registration page.
Can I change my mind about the breakout sessions I’ve selected?
Yes. We want this experience to be the most beneficial to you. If you have a change of heart about what session you would like to take, it’s not a problem for you to switch.
Is there an extra charge for the Value-Added Appointments or the Appointments with the Experts?
The Writers’ Track participants will receive at least four appointments with publishers, editors, publishing experts, or social media experts. The Speakers’ Track will have the opportunity to have a couple Value-Added Appointments.
This year, we have an added Special Opportunity and there is a small fee attached. Shari Braendel, Fashion Consultant, will have 15-minute appointments available for $29. If you didn’t register for this at the time of registration, email Bonnie to get a time-slot.
Will I need to miss part of a breakout session in order to attend a Publishing Appointment or a Value-Added Appointment?
Very possibly. We work hard to schedule appointments during break times, but there is not enough time for all of them. Appointments will be scheduled for Friday all day and Saturday morning. If you have an appointment scheduled during one of the breakout sessions, please sit near the door so it’s not an issue when you slip out. Feel free to return when you’re finished. Also, we will have digital downloads that you can purchase of the sessions you may have missed.
Can I bring my own food into the Prince Center?
During the conference, our meals are catered by the Prince Center. They have an experienced catering department headed by a Certified Executive Chef and a Catering Manager. We have selected food that you will love, and if you have any food challenges, they adapt – as long as you let us know ahead of time.
Is there a shuttle from the airport to the conference center?
Yes. The Prince Center offers free shuttle service, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., to and from Gerald R. Ford airport. They do require a notice of 7 days prior to arrival at the airport in order to schedule the shuttle. If proper cancellation notice of 24 hours is not given, a $25 fee will be added to the guest bill. Under circumstances of delayed and cancelled flights, they do their best to accommodate changes. Please contact (866) 526-7200 or (616) 526-7200 for more information.
Is there a shuttle service from the Comfort Inn to the Prince Center?
Not officially, but we will connect by email to those staying at the Comfort Inn and arrange for car-pooling options. There is a shuttle from the airport to the Comfort Inn.
Can the Prince Center accommodate wheelchairs?
Yes. The Prince Conference Center is handicap accessible.
If you have any questions that have not been answered, email Bonnie.