5 Tips to Prepare Yourself For a Conference
Summer conferences are just coming to the horizon and maximizing that time spent at those conferences will give you the most bang for your buck. Attending conferences will allow you to network within the industry, and the ability to communicate with new people. Conferences are helpful because you are able to be inspired by new ideas that you will be able to use in your own business. When you leave a conference you should feel empowered and ready to take your business to the next level. If you do not know where to start, then here are 5 tips to preparing for the next conference.
Tip 1: Pre Plan Your Day:
The typical conference is going to require your full attention for a whole day, it is important to look, feel, and be your best on this day. Wearing appropriate professional attire is a must, but do not forget about wearing comfortable shoes. We have seen it time and time again; especially, in women. You do not want to be attendee at the end of day who has their shoes off and is walking around in socks ( not professional ).
Tip 2: Pick Your Sessions:
Okay, important step here! If are able to get your hands on an advanced schedule, map out your day and strategize the best sessions that are going to benefit you the most. If you are strong in blogging, then perhaps blogging shouldn’t be a top priority. You could check out the session in web development instead. Lastly, be active in the sessions you attend. It is important to ask questions and take notes of what you learn.
Tip 3: Practice Your Pitch:
You about to meet a lot of people. These could be industry leaders, CEO’s, Vice Presidents, and other important people. The message in which you use to introduce yourself needs to be clear and concise. Fine tune your pitch to make sure you make the most of every introduction.
Tip 4: Prepare to Network:
Network...Network..and Network. Did I mention network ? Be prepared to meet new people. It is essential to have a business card on hand, and overall just be ready to meet a lot of people especially at a larger conferences.
Tip 5: Follow Up:
The conference is over and a week has gone by. It is time to follow up with all the awesome contacts you met. You can do this in a variety of ways with e-mail, phone call, handwritten letter, or some professional way of following up with those individuals/companies.