We’ve all been there. Getting to the tech conference, everything looks amazing, lots of interesting people to meet, inspiring lectures to listen to and tonnes of companies to check out. You want to say hello to everyone, sit in on a few presentations and just look around. But before you know, the two days have passed and the conference is over. Well, times flies no matter what, but there is one thing we can do to not let it pass us by – be prepared. So here are few things to think of before going to a tech conference to get the most of it.
First and foremost – before attending a conference, better, even before buying a ticket think of what you want to get out of this particular event. Do you want to network and meet new people? Are you interested in hearing the latest updates and trends in your industry? Or maybe you’re looking for clients, potential investors or partner?
Answers for these questions will determine, how you should prepare and what you should pay attention to during the event.
Be visible – no matter what’s your goal it’s always good to be visible in one way or another. You can achieve this by actively participating in the conference e.g. being a speaker or a facilitator or just by wearing your companies gear. And as a social geek, I would like to add that – one or two posts from the event won’t hurt.
Research beforehand – Before attending any tech conference, it’s always good to do your research first. Check the agenda. Pick the sessions you are most interested in. And do a little digging on the speakers ( but not the creepy kind). On the day, such events tend to be a little manic. A lot is going on, you meet many people and it may be hard to always stay focus. That’s why it’s good to have a plan.
On the same note – Plan who you want to talk to. Most tech conferences have some kind of apps that can help you connect with other attendees. Sure it’s always nice to get to know people you didn’t even expect to meet but being well prepared always pays off. Check the conference app, look for facebook event or any social mentions of the conference. See who’s coming and who you would like to meet. You may try to catch them on the day, but you also can connect before via social media and offer a coffee or a drink.
Follow up after the conference – If you met someone you want to stay connected to, it’s always good to send a quick message after the event. Something short and sweet.
“ Hey Josh, It was really nice meeting you last week on XYZ conference. Hope you had a smooth journey back home! Let me know if I can help you in any way and have a great day.”
It’s nothing major just a quick reminder of your meeting and an opening for future contact.
And last but not least – remember to sleep, drink tonnes of water and eat. Those may seem boring or obvious but when you’re tired, hungry and dehydrated, no matter how hard you try, you won’t be at your best.