to Conferences and Getting More From Them
Nothing else seems to inspire, recharge
batteries or call you to action more than a great conference. Attending
allows you to get outside your box and to see what others are doing.
It is always exciting, especially when you find the one or two sessions
that light your fire and cause you to bring something truly beneficial
back to your campus. Here are some tips that will allow you to get
the most from attending a conference.
By Doug Prouty
This has become a challenge, so be resourceful and persistent.
Prepare Ahead of Time -- Weeks in Advance
At the Conference
Be sure you consider attending pre-sessions,
hands-on sessions and tours.
If attending concurrent sessions, decide on your
first choice, then choose a couple of alternatives for that hour.
Sit near the back or edge and move on within the first 10 minutes
if that session is not for you.
Devise a note-taking strategy and tool that works
best for you. Your goal is to be able to recall and use the information
later. Try taking notes within overall categories instead of as
separate sessions. This allows you to utilize the conference experience
as a whole.
During the evenings, take time to go over your
notes. If you’re with a group, meet up and debrief each other
on what you saw and heard.
After the Conference
For the Next Conference