Ready or not, conference season is here! But don’t panic. No matter how big the conference you’re attending is, we’ve got a guide to help you get through. Behold, your 2015 conference survival guide:
Before the conference:
- Create a plan of attack - Most conferences will post the final schedule a month or two in advance. Take a good look at it and determine what sessions you’d like to attend.
- Join LinkedIn groups - Many conferences have LinkedIn groups for pre-conference communications and discussions. Join these and get to know other attendees before heading out.
- Pack plenty of business cards - Conferences are all about networking, so make sure you have enough business cards to go around.
At the conference:
- Pay attention to Twitter - Now you don’t have to tweet (although active participation is always better!), but you should at least follow other attendees on Twitter and keep up with the conference hashtag.
- Embrace the mobile app - This all depends on if the conference you’re attending has a mobile app, but if they do, we highly recommend using it. Conference apps are great for navigating, scheduling, and socializing with others.
- Have fun - Above all, have fun! You paid a lot to attend this conference (and likely traveled a long way too), so relax and have a little fun!
After the conference:
- Connect with other attendees on social media - Don’t let all that networking you did go to waste. Connect with other attendees on social media and stay in touch with them over time.
- Type up your notes - You probably spent a lot of time taking notes, so don’t let them get lost in the post-conference shuffle. Type them up and save them in a place you’ll be able to access later.
- Apply what you've learned - This is where the real value of a conference comes into play. Sit down with your coworkers after the event and discuss which tactics your association can adopt over time.
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