Five Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Conference

Conferences such as Inforum 2016 provide attendees the opportunity to learn, network and develop in a group of peers with similar interests, challenges, etc. To ensure you get the most out of the conference, here are five tried-and-true tips.

1. Choose the Right Sessions

Scanning a conference itinerary can be an overwhelming task, so it’s important to have a general idea of what you hope to get out of the sessions before you go. Inforum offers attendees a handy called Agenda Builder tool to help them arrange their schedules. Before you choose your sessions, take a moment to reflect on your professional goals and consider your weak points as it relates to using the technology. This way, you can pick the most useful trainings to attend.

2. Unplug to Truly Connect

In this technology-driven age (and at a technology-focused conference), it can be tempting to fill your briefcase with gadgets and giveaways. Although many people like to take notes on a laptop, this handy tool can quickly turn into a distraction. Instead, put your laptop away, turn off your phone, and focus your energy on the speaker and the other participants. Join the Q&A at the end of the session, or share experiences and resources in smaller working groups; who knows? You may just learn something new from the person sitting next to you. Finally, take pen-and-paper notes as needed, but don’t turn your attention to a screen. This way, you connect with your fellow attendees and stay completely engaged in the session.

3. Get Rid of Your Cards

While one of the main purposes of attending a conference is professional development, another objective is networking with peers in the industry. Bring a certain number of business cards with you, and make it a goal to exchange as many as you can with new contacts. Better yet? Create a contest with your colleagues to see who can exchange the most! Then, when you return to the home office, reach out to three of the most useful contacts you made to continue the conversation.

4. Don’t Forget the Vendors

The in-depth sessions offered at Inforum 2016 are bound to be interesting. However, just as interesting are the vendors who set up in the Javits Center during and between the trainings. Find out which vendors are attending and research their products – or reach out to schedule a meeting – before the event. Discuss the latest technologies, look into tools relevant to your business and participate in demos to ensure you fully experience all that Inforum 2016 has to offer.

5. Explore the Area

Finally, going to a conference doesn’t mean you need to lock yourself in the Javits Center or hotel the whole time. After hours and between sessions, make the most of your trip by connecting with your co-workers in another setting. Enjoy dinner and drinks, take in the sights and sounds of New York City. Better yet? Join Doppio Group at a classic summer rooftop party in Chelsea on July 11th! The Doppio team has gathered a group of CXOs, strategic partners, and Infor leadership for food, drinks, music and Ming.ling – this event is not to be missed!

Erik Kiser

Erik Kiser