Posted by: conferencebay | April 23, 2008

First Time Jitters?

Conferences – meetings where people come together to confer about a topic of interest. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? That is until you realize that there are tons of conferences held everyday with thousands of delegates in attendance!

These events can range from complex scientific discussions on the microbiology of plankton, to regular business ones, and even one on footcare for athletes. They’re not cheap though. A seat at a good conference could set you back by a few thousand dollars! Of course, if you’re one of the few lucky enough to have been sponsored by your company, this wouldn’t mean a thing to you. But still, considering the high price, you might want to make the most out of that conference.

So how would you do it? If you’re a veteran conference-goer, then you’ll probably already know what to do, say, and even what to wear. But everyone had to start off somewhere, right? If you’re going to be attending your first conference soon, or you just want to make the next one more fruitful than the last, here are a few tips that might help;

  1. Write down questions you’d like answered before the conference
  2. Give out your cell phone number to people you would like to meet before you head out
  3. Meet as many people as you can at the conference (don’t wait for them to talk to you, you talk to them!)
  4. Avoid clinging to co-workers and split up instead so that you can network separately to cover more ground
  5. Take a lot of business cards (remember why you took them though)
  6. Give out a lot of business cards!
  7. Carry your own writing material at all times
  8. Don’t party too hard the night before if you have an early session to attend the next day
  9. Try to stay in the hotel the conference is being held in (if it’s not in a hotel, get one near the center)
  10. Mail brochures, notes and swag bags home instead of carrying them in your luggage (paper can add a lot of weight!)

That’s easy enough, isn’t it? Maybe that’ll help calm those pesky fluttering butterflies in your tummy now! But of course, just as how no two snowflakes are exactly the same, everyone has a different experience when it comes to being mentally and physically prepared for conferences. So, if you’ve got something to add, feel free to do so! We’d love to hear more.

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