1. Ask a question. “What do I most want and/or need to learn at this conference?” Identify your own learning objectives to leverage your results.
2. Have an agenda. Review the schedule in advance and create an agenda of the sessions and events you definitely want to attend. Don’t wait until you arrive onsite.
3. Make a list. Identify key attendee connections you’d like to make. Send an email prior to the event to each. For key connections, try to set a time and place to meet.
4. Go prepared. Know what you most have to offer those you meet in the way of good ideas or suggested resources. Be known as a true resource for others.
5. Pace yourself. As much fun as you might have, having too much fun will ultimately diminish your ability to learn and network and, ultimately, take away from your conference experience.
I”m off to Infusionsoft’s Small Biz Conference in 10 days, so timely advice.
Love the quick tips and pacing myself – how novel, as I tend to exhaust myself at events like that.
And being prepped for what I have to offer others, I’ve got time on the plane to practice my openings.