Successful attendance of a conference entirely depends on one’s preparation. It can be productive or not productive depending on the preparation. When one attends prepared and uses time and energy well, then they can fully benefit from the conference or be beneficial to those attending the conference. Below are the tips on how to prepare.
Revision of the agenda
First of all, one has to revise the agenda. Set the objectives for the meeting which entails what one wants to achieve at the end of the meeting. Put into consideration both the presenter and the topic if you are to present research on the topic of presentation and know what your audience needs to learn. As we all know, Knowledge is power if you are just an attendee you should have a rough idea or a clue on what the conference is all about so that on the actual day of presentation you will easily understand the concepts. Know the presenter who may arouse your interest to attend the conference. You can check this on the internet or get information from the people who know them.
Another important tip to put into consideration is orientation. One has to orient his or herself with the place of the event so as not to get lost. This ensures that on the actual day of event one should arrive at the venue on time to avoid creating a negative impression at the onset of the conference. One may look at a map to get to know the exact locations.
Also, find out who is attending the conference. It will help you network and connect with new people who may have new and different ideas which may contribute to one’s growth and empowerment. Find a way of getting in touch with those who will attend the conference before the actual day of the event to make them aware of your attendance too and also if necessary you can ask for their time.
Furthermore, seek permission from your place of work early so that if you are working somewhere for example in an office, you can set an out of office reply so that clients and customers may know your whereabouts.
Preparation of questions
Also, one has to prepare questions to reflect upon. It will help one to be psychologically prepared and ready to network with others. This also will help one to gain confidence because he or she will know how important the conference will be to him or her.
Good condition of devices
Another important tip is to ensure the tools are in excellent condition and good terms. Chargers and batteries should be fully charged for efficiency and also should be accessible if need be.
Organize and pack what you will be comfortable to be in. For example, if the place is cold during the night one will need to pack heavy sweaters and light clothes to put on during the day. So the shoes should be comfortable and suitable for the occasion for example if there will be walking around for the exhibition.
In conclusion, conferences are important avenues for creating and improving communication skills and professional network necessary for personal development and creativity.