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Conferences are the appropriate places where you get the
opportunity to meet loads of people, the ones you don’t know and
sometimes even the ones you know but haven’t met for a long
time that too under one roof. It is a place where you also get to
introduce yourself to a lot of people, create chains that work well
for your professional side.
Networking may seem to be an enormous job at an academic
conference at times but no doubt it is a very effective experience.
If you are new to attend any conference then you might not have
the experience of how networking works or maybe you don’t
know any networking skills yet. If that’s the case no need to
worry as this content will tell you about all the tips for networking
Conferencethat will prove to be accommodating.
Every year a lot of business professionals spend time attending
conferences. One can gain motivation through conferences as it
is a very knowledgeable place to be.
A Good Homework: You first should have a good knowledge and
understanding about the conference meeting you will be
attending. Once you get to know all the schedules start
preparing and all the necessary readings related to the topic. A
good homework can help you with an effective result on the final
day where you can be much interactive with all the meetings
and group activities.
Remember Being Productive: The course of networking is not an
easy job especially when you are surrounded with senior
academics because most of the times they don’t take the
initiative to talk to you. On the other hand if you are an
introvert person by nature then it becomes quite a big deal when
it comes to meeting people in the conference. But you cannot let
that happen and spoil the whole purpose of being at the
conference. If you want people to know about your study and
research then you got to take the step towards introducing
yourself to people. Be confident, share your ideas and views
towards the study and explore.
Choosing the right Conference: There are plenty of academic
conferences that take place in a year, therefore selecting the
right conference which is familiar to your field of study are
important. Choosing the conference that you feel is more
relevant to you will make you feel less stressed. Examine about
the conferences that you are likely to attend, its speakers and
Frame Your Networking Plan Before the Final Conference Day:
Collect all the possible information about the conference, the
people who are visiting, the speakers etc. Contact people before-
hand avoid putting unnecessary pressure when the final day
arrives. Internet these days is a vital and most effective way for
contacting and creating a network channel easily. Contact
through emailing. If you find someone you are looking forward to
meet, let them know that you would like to meet and have a
discussion, can they afford some time to be with you as well. All
these small initiatives will help you when attend the conference.
Usage of Extra Curricular Activities: Academic Conferencesoften
include group activities, inclusion of many curricular sessions,
meals which can be a great mode for networking. Use such
opportunities to build network and create channels by being part
of such activities.
Advertisement: Never ignore the power of good advertisements.
Although you are speaking make posters and showcase about
what you are speaking. A good way of advertising and
showcasing your topic may create more impact to the listeners
and you might also end up with one to one conversation. Thus
advertising through posters can help you create an overall
effective and productive networking possibility.
Build Effective Relationships rather than Making Publicity:
Creating a strong friendly bond with the attendees and the
stuffs is more effective than just spreading your visiting card.
bag which will stay there which will be of no importance until
you have made a worthy attempt to be remembered. Instead
talking and exchanging ideas and discussing may draw people’s
attention and you can gain a healthy relationship which will be
much helpful in networking as it is less of you and more of them
at the conferences.