Make sure you book flights early, book your hotel, work out how to get where you need to go and the best way to get there. This just makes sense, you don’t want to get to your destination and find you have no idea how to get where you need to go. Be prepared.
When it comes time to go to your conference, have all your bits and bobs ready before you go. Wear comfortable clothes that say something about who you are.
My top tip would be to not rely on technology: gadgets, wifi and 3G fails, so be ready with pen and paper. Of course, bring your iPad, laptop or smartphone – but, bring a back up plan.
Get to your conference on time, you could even arrive early and have some time to mingle.
How easy would it be to just hide in the corner and not talk to anyone? How cool would it be to be invisible and not to leave the cosiness of your comfort zone? But, what would learn from that? You would not get very much out of your conference if you did that!
You are cool – you have interesting things to talk about – go out and meet some new people!
Ready to Talk
Networking is never out of fashion. People are fascinating and interesting and amazing! You can learn so much from talking to people and getting to know about them. If you go to a conference, go with an attitude of being ready to make some new connections: you never know where they will lead.
Ready to Learn
If you are at a conference, there is every chance you will have the opportunity to learn some new stuff. Whether the conference is for work or for a hobby or interest, a conference is set up so that you can learn some new things. Go with an attitude to be open to new ideas and opportunities or to get better at what you already do.
Be friendly. Smile. Be approachable. Approach people. Say nice things. Share ideas. Go and speak to someone you have always admired, and tell them so. Hold open doors for others. Let others go first. Help someone. Make it easy for those who are helping at the venue. Tell someone you like their shoes/hair/pen/name. Be a great human.
It takes a lot of organisation to run a conference. There are many things that could go wrong or someone might need some sort of help. Jump up to help, don’t sit and wait for someone else to fix it – especially if you know you can do what is needed. Leaves a great impression and you are seen to be capable and helpful and nice.
True to yourself
It can be hard going to conferences when you are not feeling great about what you do and why, so it can be easy to think, ‘I will try and act a certain way…’ But, really – just be yourself. Honestly, you are the only you. You are the best at being you. You are who your company sent, you are who decided to go. Be true to who you are.
Ready to talk about yourself
You are pretty cool. As mentioned earlier, you are the only you – you have a skill set that no one else has in your combination. Plus, people will want to talk to you – that is what conferences are about. So, have some things in your mind about who you are what you do. When you talk to someone, give them your business card if you have one. Conferences are about networking – don’t miss the chance to do this.
Be caught in dodgy photos – people love to post them on facebook, instagram, twitter.
Do things that you will be embarrassed about the next day.
Do things that don’t fit into your company’s ideals.
Anything I missed in my list?
Linking in with the ever so lovely Jess from Diary of SAHM for #IBOT – I Blog On Tuesday – such a great link up…