Getting the Most out of a Conference or Meeting

A conference is an opportunity for people from around the world to meet and exchange ideas around a defined topic. For an attendee, it’s a unique forum for getting the latest information directly from the source, and for making meaningful connections.

For the first time conference goer, this might be an intimidating or even overwhelming occasion. At the bigger conferences, the ‘who’s who’ in that field will be in attendance for you to try and meet. There will also be dozens of simultaneous sessions discussing varying topics for you to navigate. And you might not yet know anyone in attendance, or be very familiar with the subject matter.

Luckily for all of us, there are some excellent pointers available on how to best seize the occasion and get the most from this (likely very expensive) investment.

One of our favorites articles on the subject can be found at the following link.

Very briefly, the main things to consider when preparing for a conference are these:

  1. Plan ahead.
  2. Spend time to create an itinerary (see 1 above)
  3. Create a networking strategy
  4. Seek opportunities to engage with other attendees (attend the social events)
  5. Be bold. Remember everyone is there for the same reason.
  6. Follow up with people you meet after the event.