In my last post I wrote about how attending a conference can offer inspiration and motivation, now let's talk about how to actually make the most of your time at a conference -- by that I mean, network, network, network!
For some people, attending a conference is a big undertaking in and of itself but once you're there you need to make the most of it and shake hands, meet people, mix and mingle. Here are some general tips for making the most out of your attendance at a conference:
- Share a room. While you may want to share a room simply for the saving money aspect, sharing a room will help you connect with another conference attendee and you'll have someone to pal around with at mix and mingle activities.
- Take business cards. Even if you don't have a business to promote, take business cards with you that have your contact information -- name, email, phone number -- it's an easy way to meet people. Without a business card how will you connect following the conference?
The best advice I can offer for attending a conference is to smile and have the time of your life! Attending a conference is the chance of a lifetime to meet new people and form new friendships that will last clear to the next conference!