A goal should scare you a little, & excite you a lot. joe vitale
This year I have the honor of being the co-chair of the Volunteer Committee for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition (ICE) being held in Atlanta, GA. This conference, the largest event for talent development professionals worldwide, is no small feat! It will require ~300 volunteers to make the 8000+ attendees from 160 countries and 300+ exhibitors feel welcome, not lost, and productive!
This event also reminds me of the importance of INTENTIONALITY in attending a conference / trade show - of the likes of ATD ICE. Since a conference / trade show of this magnitude will attract many different attendees - each with their own objective(s) - it will be important to maximize your investment - whether time, talent or treasury! At the macro level, there are three groups who attend: Attendees; Volunteers; and Exhibitors.
Here are some tips to YOUR attending a Conference...ON Purpose!
"New conferences are announced almost every day, but realistically you can only attend one or two per year. To decide which ones warrant your time, think about what kinds of people you want to make connections with. Consider your 50 closest professional relationships. If almost all of them are at your company or in your industry, you may want to explore conferences that bring together diverse groups, such as TED or your local TEDx gathering. Conversely, if your ties inside your industry are weak, consider attending events sponsored by your regional or national professional association. It’s important that you don’t only consider the gatherings that your peers frequent. View your conference attendance as a chance to connect with the people whom you wish to have as your peers in the future." Dorrie Clark
With that said, let's commence with the 30 ways to attend a Conference...ON Purpose!!
My best to your quest!
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