How To Be An Attendee
It’s been quite a while since many of us have been to a live in-person event, so it’s time to refresh everyone’s memory on all that goes into attending events, conferences and business gatherings.
When attending a conference, the first thing to think about is transportation. Do you need to hop on a plane? If so, make sure you’re familiar with your company’s travel policy, as well as your own comfort level when it comes to flying post-pandemic. Will you need to rely on public transportation? Think about if or how you would approach a train, bus, or shuttle. The best plans for a great conference experience are no good if getting there is difficult or impossible.
Now, once you arrive, you may want to ask yourself how do you want to approach mingling with other attendees? Are sharing cocktails and going out to dinner with customers and colleagues a must-do, or does it elicit a hint of anxiety? If there are any common gathering spaces, do you feel comfortable interacting there, or would you prefer to keep to yourself? In the moment, it’s easy to feel pressured to step outside your comfort zone.
Having a plan in place before you touch down will help you not only stick to the plan, but it also will help you interact with others in the way that’s most comfortable for you. The same goes for any company policy. Depending on your organization, there may be rules for how you should interact with people as you go to events, so make sure you’re familiar with your company’s health and safety policy so you don’t run the risk of stepping outside of those policies.
Beyond simply meeting people, think about how you will network. Now, people will be far less likely to exchange physical business cards. LinkedIn has QR codes that allow users to connect digitally instead of having to rely on passing out business cards. With that in mind, take some time in advance of your upcoming events to update your social media profiles and websites.