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How to Rock a Conference or Other Industry Event

Not long ago we brought you news of an industry event that you really shouldn’t miss, the Collections, Debt Sale and Purchase Conference 2016 which will be held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on 24th November, 2016.  We’ve already talked about industry events of this type and why it’s so important to attend so today we’re going to give you some tips on how to make the most of it when you attend a conference or other industry event.

  • The first step is to book into a good hotel, somewhere with comfortable accommodation where you can get a good night’s sleep before the conference so that you’re bright eyed and bushy tailed on the important day.  The hotel you choose will need to be close enough to the conference venue so that you’re not getting stressed by travel and traffic.
  • Make sure you have read through the schedule or agenda for the event so that you don’t miss out on any keynote speakers or workshops that would be particularly relevant to you.  Make a note of all the speeches, exhibits, etc. that you really don’t want to miss so that you can tick them off throughout the day.
  • Take lots of business cards with you so that you don’t run out if you’re handing out lots of them.  Business cards are the most common currency for exchanging personal information and you’re sure to meet people that you’ll want to hook up with in the future.
  • Meet as many people as you possibly can, everybody is likely to have something to offer you, whether it’s a tip about the conference, a business opportunity or more information about your industry.
  • Attend some workshops if they’re available.  While it’s great to listen to the keynote speakers, you’ll gain more value from attending workshops where you’ll come into contact with others in your industry with a varying degree of experience and you’ll be doing some hands on work that will improve your skillset.
  • Instead of trying to take detailed notes, make “key takeaway notes” to ensure you have the core message from each speech or workshop that you can use as a reference point in the future.
  • While you’ll be meeting hordes of people as these events are usually very well attended, try to make time to set up meetings and private get togethers with some of the more interesting people you meet as you’ll get to know them much better this way.
  • Don’t forget that the most important person at the conference, from your point of view, is you – so make some time for yourself.  You need to make sure you have time to listen to others and pitch your business to them.  You’ll only do this well if you’re feeling confident and comfortable so make sure you get enough sleep, enough rest and enough to eat so that you’re feeling on top form all day long.

If you follow these tips, then you’ll get the most possible value for both you and your career when you attend conferences and industry events