Are you Ready? Preparing and Planning to Make the Most of your Conference Experience

Richann Watson1 and Louise Hadden2
1DataRich Consulting, 2Abt Associates Inc.


Abstract

Whether you are first time conference attendee or a long-time conference attendee, this paper can help you in getting the most out of your conference experience. As long-time conference attendees and volunteers, we have found that there are some things that people just don’t think about when planning their conference attendance. In this paper we will discuss helpful tips such as making the appropriate travel arrangements, what to bring, networking and meeting up with friends and colleagues, and how to prepare for your role at the conference. We will also discuss maintaining a workplace presence with your paying job while at the conference.