How to Get the Most Out of Conference

How to Get the Most Out of a Conference

The conference is a great opportunity to learn new things, network with other professionals, and get inspired. But how can you make sure you get the most out of your conference experience?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Shift your mindset. Think of a conference as an investment in your career, not just a cost. Go in with the intention of learning something new, meeting new people, and making connections that will help you in the future.
  2. Network. This is one of the best things you can do at a conference. Talk to people from other organizations, learn about their programs, and share your own experiences. You never know where a networking connection might lead.
  3. Listen actively. When you’re attending sessions, don’t just sit there passively. Take notes, ask questions, and really engage with the material. This is how you’ll get the most out of what the speakers have to say.
  4. Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not at a conference. People can spot a fake a mile away. Just be yourself and let your personality shine through.
  5. Have fun! A conference should be enjoyable, so don’t forget to relax and have some fun. Meet new people, join in on all the activities, and enjoy the experience.

Here are some additional tips to help you get the most out of a conference:

  • Do your research. Before the conference, take some time to research the speakers, sessions, and topics that will be covered. This will help you make the most of your time and ensure that you attend the sessions that are most relevant to you.
  • Set goals. What do you hope to achieve by attending the conference? Do you want to learn new skills, network with other professionals, or get inspired? Having clear goals will help you stay focused and motivated throughout the conference.
  • Be prepared. Make sure you have everything you need for the conference, such as business cards, a notebook, and a pen. You may also want to bring a laptop or tablet so you can take notes or do research.
  • Take breaks. It’s important to take breaks throughout the day, especially if you’re attending a lot of sessions. Get up and move around, step outside for some fresh air, or grab a snack. This will help you stay refreshed and focused.

Here are some additional tips to help you avoid being awkward at a conference:

  • Dress professionally. This doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit and tie, but you should dress in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Wearing layers helps you to be able to adjust to the temperature of the conference space.
  • Be approachable. Smile, make eye contact, and introduce yourself to people.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t understand something, ask the speaker or another attendee for clarification.
  • Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. People can spot a fake a mile away.
  • Have fun! A conference should be enjoyable, so don’t forget to relax and enjoy the experience.



  • Shift your mindset by focusing on how networking is good for your career
  • Review sessions ahead of time. When choosing which sessions to attend, consider whether you’ll learn something or meet someone new
  • Take notes. Enhance your learning by the simple process of taking notes. A notebook is a great tool to keep you in the room.
  • Take the initiative to create networking situations where you feel comfortable
  • Take advantage of the exhibits. They are a great source of practical advice and trends. Ask for demos and ask questions


  • Spend all of your time with coworkers you see every day — draw clear boundaries
  • Burnout — Give yourself time to rest and rejuvenate during the conference
  • Try to be someone you’re not — putting on a false persona is stressful and tiring

We want you to have the best conference experience, which is both productive and enjoyable.

P.S. Celebrating our 40th year as an organization. It might not hurt to brush up on the 1980’s.

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