We all have attended a conference or two and always leave wondering did we get out of the conference what we should have?
When preparing to attend a conference, you get all your material ready in order to take notes and capture the most important points, but how can you really get the most out of a conference?
This question was asked and answered on Young entreprenuer (www.youngentreprenuer.com). Matt Toren wrote a very good article. When preparing to attend a conference don’t forget to think about interacting with fellow conference goers this includes but not limited to attending the breakfast sessions and talking with those at your table. This will give you the opportunity to meet some new people and network while eating. Be proactive in your approach to the conference. Have professional business cards to pass out to your new contacts, plan to attend some breakout sessions, some after parties (not only to have a good time, but also to continue networking).
Once you return home after your conference, make notes about the conference, the people you met, and send follow up emails to those that you connected with. Attending conferences can be beneficial twofold, it allows you to network with potential employers or business assoicates and it allows you to learn the latest business best practices. So attend conferences with the mindset that you will benefit someone and someone will benefit you!
Enjoy your conference.
Visit http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/blog/2009/10/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-conference/ to read the full article. Then visit http://fromawriterspovbusinessnetwork.ning.com to sign up for the business conference that will be held November 9, 11, and 12, 2009.