Get the most out of a conference

Plan a successful conference
May 6, 2014
Get a better conference experience
May 8, 2014

Attending a conference is your time to meet and learn from professionals in your industry and to network with others. Because this is a learning experience, you’d want to make sure you get the most out of it. Follow these helpful tips for making your trip worthwhile.

1. Go through the programme

Reviewing the agenda will help you to decide which sessions you’d like to attend, and which speakers are involved that you’d like to meet. This way you can ensure that the talks you attend are interesting and helpful to you and your career.

2. Map your way

Make sure to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. This is to make sure you know exactly which sessions are being held where, so that you don’t end up making a bad impression by arriving late.

3. Don’t forget your chargers!

We all know the sinking feeling in our stomachs when your phone is about to die and you realise you’ve forgotten your charger at home. That being said, your laptop charger is just as important if you’re planning on taking notes or have important information you’ll need at a certain session.

4. Early bird catches the conference

Remember to register EARLY – you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a queue when the session you want to attend is about to start.
It will also give you more time to connect with other people in your industry and make some new contacts.

5. Following up

It’s always easier to reconnect with the contacts you made a few days after the conference, as it will still be fresh in everyone’s minds. Send follow-up emails or LinkedIn requests and briefly remind your new connections of the conversation you had.

While going to a conference will always have some rewards, these tips will make sure that you use your time effectively and create a whole new network of contacts. Click the following link for more useful tips: