For most of us, concentration has been the main challenge. You find that your body is present, but your mind is blocks away, maybe in Manhattan on a fishing shop or maybe your favorite store.
Leaving a conference seems to be rude. When you are silent, it looks less rude. You might have gone through the schedule of the conference to avoid such instances. Leaving a session between speakers is not considered rude. However, you should never be shy when leaving large audiences and conference politely. In case you need to exit, it is advisable to grab a seat that is aisle.
In small conferences, it is awkward to leave a session. Try to reduce the awkwardness by; avoiding congested sessions, mainly if you know r the person presenting. Catching up later is also an option. You can also choose to support your friend or try a new thing once in a while, or if you can handle both, the better. You can always leave the crowded session and politely go to another that you had identified earlier.
Taking notes is one of the tips for attending a professional conference. Once you take notes, going through them, you can consistently rate the speakers as bad or good. When you need to go to the conference at a given time, you will avoid the speakers you classified as bad, try to venture into those sessions of the speakers you considered good.
The best decision you may ever make is going to a good speaker’s session, which is about a topic you are not familiar with, rather than going to a session with a bad classified speaker just because it’s one of your interests that they are talking about. Therefore looking in at conference program or even having a copy is more helpful in this case.
Small conferences can be elite and probably the best to attend. When you participate in small seminars, even if it doesn’t venture into your interests, it gives you an opportunity for more thinking contributing ad interacting. The fun thing about a conference is to realize that you are interested in a new topic that you never considered.
Avoid graduate-only sessions. They might not be as effective as you thought due to the empty gestures. Meet new colleagues. It may not be easy, mainly if you’re not extroverted. You will find a better experience in this.
Lastly, most people participate in the questioning and answering session for the wrong reasons, like memorizing what they’ve written. Memorizing what you’ve written in the form of asking questions is not advisable. Try and ask tough questions politely. Toughness is better than generally learning a text you wrote to add a comment.
Here are some of the attending a conference checklist
- Make sure you connect with people, present an introduction for yourself, and ask friends also to do the same
- Taking notes about the presenter and presentation in the program. This can be digital or analog
- Attending all sessions is not advisable
- Attend a couple of meaningful sessions
- Arrive early at popular sessions
- Being respectful is advisable but not a sycophant
- The session that mainly covers your research areas is what you should consider attending.
- Attending a not appealing session can be boring sometimes; move out and move to your backup session.
- Avoid comments, ask a question and receive the answer not more than that
- Attending sessions that are not part of your interests might turn out to be helpful
- Enjoy a meal with others
- Familiarize with the city but not in between sessions
Conferences are not the best places to be. Sometimes we expect a lot and provide a little effort. Once you’ve mastered the above tips, it might make your work easier and turn out with better results.