Before your conference starts – What you need to know

Have you noticed that summer is a busy time for conferences? Whether you’re headed to an event this week or you have one planned for the future, these great tips will help you get the most out of your conference. 1. Select the best sessions – Review the entire conference’s offering as a whole enabling you to see the range of topics included. Pick sessions that help you to develop your skill set both in breadth and depth. If you have the opportunity to look through handouts of the slides in advance, take a minute to thumb through the slides to ensure the sessions are in line with what you anticipated. If you find a session isn’t what you thought, or you are in a session and realize it wasn’t the best choice for you, politely slip out of the session and join another that is more appropriate for you. 2. Flag your notes – Conferences provide a wealth of handouts capturing session notes with space to jot down your own thoughts or takeaways. As you listen to a speaker, use the margin to flag content that you’ll want to reference after you’re home. This will allow you to quickly locate aha’s after the event is over. Feel free to use these or use your own: AI – Action Item R – Resource or Reference Q – Quote W – Wisdom 3. Connect – One of the best parts of a conference is the opportunity for networking. Resist the urge to simply pass out a stack of business cards with brief to no real interaction. Instead opt to engage...