How to Make the Most Out of a Conference
The long awaited return of conferences and industry gatherings have returned, however, it can feel a lot more overwhelming than it did before — and for many of us, it already felt like a lot! There are multiple speakers each day, hosted dinners at night and non-local biz pals that want to grab a coffee in the mornings, so how is one supposed to manage it all? The easy answer is: by prioritizing.
Here’s how we do it:
1. Set a Reason For Going
Many of us attend conferences and try to do a little bit of everything. Attend a session on social media, one on management, another on the future of VR, but we beg you to ask yourself before you go, “What am I trying to get out of this?” Perhaps you want to learn all about the legal side of owning a business, perhaps you want to use this as an opportunity to network with other creatives, no matter what your answer, make sure it’s clear because you’ll use it to navigate the event.
2. Don’t Overextend But…
Go out of your comfort zone! For the social aspect of the conference choose 2 or 3 (whatever number feels good to you depending on the length of the event) meals/coffee dates/etc. you really want to “make work” but leave room for one unexpected social activity. This is a great way to get out of yourself in spaces and places you normally wouldn’t be! Not only can this bring a wonderful burst of creative energy and confidence, it can also be an incredible way to meet new people to collaborate with and learn from.
3. Set Realistic Expectations
This is a big one. Try to set realistic expectations and go easy on yourself. You may not make it to every speaker you planned to, every lunch you told yourself you would or feel as aligned as you would have liked; that is perfectly fine. Be proud of yourself for showing-up and putting yourself out there! We know we are.
Tell us: What’s your #1 rule for attending multi day conferences?