Any good conference will provide interesting information and generate lots of ideas. So many ideas that by the end of the conference you are overwhelmed.
The trick is to be able to take all of that information and transform it into usable, workable knowledge. For most people this is easier said than done. Good intentions are replaced with the urgency of items waiting for your return followed by the daily work of your usual routine. And before you know it, the inspirational energy of the conference has waned, leaving you with some thoughts of “what could have been,” but few or no new results from the investment. But there is an alternative scenario: review, plan, and act.
I don’t know about you, but for me Fall is conference season. It is my busiest season both as a presenter and as an attendee. In most cases, the events I attend are stacked back to back. Although this schedule can be challenging for the body, it is good for developing new insights.
As someone who attends several conferences each year, I have learned that all attendees (whether consumer or business professional) want to maximize their experience. In some cases it is about trying to reduce out-of-pocket expenses, in others it is about getting the most “bang” for the buck, and often it is both. Below are tried and true methods to maximize your conference experience both in terms of money saved and in time invested.