Be prepared for your next conference or seminar
By attending a conference or seminar we gain new skills, find out the trends in our area and network with people.
Before attending the conference make sure you read through the agenda and any other pre-conference information, prioritise the sessions you want to attend. Prepare any questions you may want to ask speakers or exhibitors.
Remember to take plenty of business cards there are always plenty of opportunities when you’re meeting new contacts. When you receive a business card, it’s a good idea to make a quick note about that person on the back of the card so you can remember them in the future. It’s also a good idea to bring paper, pen, highlighter, camera and snacks.
Make sure you are on time, there’s nothing worse than arriving late and having to sit at the back or having an obstructed view, this is also good time to introduce yourself and meet more people.
At the conference, get involved and make yourself approachable. Make sure you practice your introduction, first impressions are important. Describe your business and briefly explain your role.
Be available for the social events, a lot of conferences include cocktail parties and dinners. These events are always a great opportunity to meet new people and network in a relaxed atmosphere.
Most of all relax and enjoy yourself.