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The Art of Conventioneering
Get Ready, Get Set, Go
by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon
What's so tough about going to a convention? It's easy. You send in your
registration fee and go. You assume you'll get something out of it. Your
organization also assumes that you'll come back from Miami with something
besides a suntan.
But what you actually gain from a conference depends on the tactics you use
to get the most out of the experience, conference planners say.
"I don't think delegates give enough thought to what they want to
accomplish," says Bob Stewart, executive vice president for the Association
of Diesel Specialists.
People go to conventions for information, inspiration, and interaction.
Meeting planners can almost guarantee that attendees will get the first two
items on the list from the speakers and the sessions. But, it's much harder
for the planners to make sure that attendees make contact on more than a
One attendee described a miserable moment: "I was standing in line at the
coffee shop waiting to get a seat for lunch. In line with me were people who
were attending the same conference, and nobody was talking. We might as well
have been back at the office, sitting at our desks. I waited for somebody to
say hello. Then I realized I felt like a wallflower at the eighth grade
dance. It was an awful feeling. I didn't like it. And what's more, I knew
that I wasn't getting as much out of being at the conference as I could."
There's an art to conventioneering. Here are some tips on what to do before
you go, once you're there , and afterward to get the most out of the
experience. Take charge of getting the interaction you came for.
Before You Go
Plan ahead. Unfortunately, people spend lots of time picking and packing
their convention wardrobes, but very little time thinking about how to get
the most out of meeting so many!
Make a list. Jot down questions you have, problems you want to solve, jobs
you'd like to investigate (if you're job hunting or even just thinking of
job hunting in the future), leaders and speakers you admire and want to
meet, and people whose jobs are similar to yours, so you can swap
experiences. Use your own needs to create your own conference agenda of What
You Want To Get.
"Meet with your staff," suggests Stewart. "Review the relationships you have
with the suppliers you'll see at the conference. Are there any problems?
Have them in mind when you see the people from a particular company across
the table at lunch or in their booth at the trade show." The trade show
exhibitors often are better prepared than delegates, Stewart believes. They
will be trying to sell, establish new business relationships, find new
distributors, cultivate current customers and expand the business they are
doing with them, and solve problems…
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Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon are principals of Contacts Count, a nationwide
consulting and training firm that specializes in business and professional
networking, and career development. They are co-authors of six books. The
most recent is Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business
and Career Success (2007, AMACOM). Fortune 500 companies license their
training programs. Visit them at
Sue Schnorr is President of Training Insights, Inc., a firm that specializes
in soft skills training. She is also the exclusive Associate for Contacts
Count in NY. She can be reached at
LinkedIn has recently added Events as a feature enhancement. You'll note the
feature when visiting your LinkedIn home page along the right hand side of
the page. Become a user of this feature and you'll be able to post an event,
find events of interest and more. Read the complete article to learn more
about this feature and its many benefits.
Greg is the Founder of The August Group, a recruiter and entrepreneur
offering a myriad for services to employers and professionals including
coaching and consulting. He can be reached at 585-785-8600 or
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composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist
those in career transition.
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For the 2nd time in as many months I have "landed" a client simply because I
have a great smile. Not that I have a brilliant smile or a models smile or
even photogenic smile, I just have a "great" smile. What trumped my smile
over the competitor? My teeth were clean. My breath was fresh. I didn't have
brown nicotine or tea or coffee stains making my teeth look like something
out of "The Crypt".
Wow. Is that all it takes?
Although this goes without saying for many people, personal hygiene is one
of the most important things to think about when getting ready for an
interview. However, personal hygiene does not come naturally to some people
or does not play as big a part in their day to day life.
You don't have to spend thousands on your teeth. Though if they are
seriously unattractive, you might want to spend a couple of hundred.
Consider it an investment in your potential. I use pretty simple stuff to
retain those pearly whites - a whitening rinse, a plaque rinse before I
brush, a whitening toothpaste, floss regularly and when those high doses of
coffee start to show stains start to take hold? A few days of 10-minute
Crest White Strips takes them out.
But it's not just about teeth!
You know where I'm going - and I think it's an important topic. Hard to
believe, but some people just don't know they should where clean, fresh
clothes, DEODORANT! (Oy Gevalt!), bathe or shower before an interview, wash
your face, clean you nails (I myself have been repulsed and disregarded
people who were probably perfectly capable just because the line of grime
under their nails was so unpalatable), have clean hair...
It all seems so simple and basic. But it's not, for many.
Go nuts with it! Feel free to quote me, too. ;-)