Attending An Industry Conference for the First Time (or 10th Time)
Attending a conference is a big investment of time and money. If you have never been to an event before you have no idea what to expect, and you may be worried if your going to find real value.
Thom Singer is a professional speaker who is known as “The Conference Catalyst”. One of his roles at many events is as the speaker or facilitator at the “First Timer Orientation” program. Smart event planners have special sessions for those attending for their first time, as repeat attendance is often based on the experience of the newbie. Too often if left to chance the newcomers feel left out. Associations do not mean to have cliques, but any place that people convene, groups will form. Setting the tone and expectations for first timers can change their whole event experience.
Attendees must have a game plan before, during and after the event. It is often the little things that are overlooked that limit the successful ROI. In this episode Thom Singer talks about things to do if you are going to an industry conferences, trade show, or other event.
Get excited about the show and make sure you are prepared for the whole event (the learning and the networking). Take advantage of all aspects of the conference, while still being true to yourself. If you are more introverted, don’t feel bad if you need to take some time away from the agenda. Go to your room, go out for a walk, get a massage, etc… It is okay. Be you no matter what.
Share this episode of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” with friends and co-workers who might be going to an event for the first time.