From Networking To Note-Taking: 7 Tips To Make The Best Of A Conference


Last Updated: May 8, 2023
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Hello, my fellow conference-goers! Are you ready to dive headfirst into a sea of business cards, lanyards, and awkward networking conversations? Fear not, because we’ve got some tips that will make your conference experience a breeze. Whether you’re a seasoned conference pro or a newbie trying to navigate the world of professional development, these tips will have you dominating the conference game like a boss. With a little bit of preparation and some simple tricks, you can make the most out of your conference experience and come out the other end feeling inspired, energised, and ready to conquer the world. So grab your energy drink, slip on your comfy shoes, and let’s get ready to conquer that conference!

How To Make The Most Of Your Next Conference: Insider Tips And Tricks

Plan: Don’t Wing It

Plan It

Before you even step foot in the conference centre, take some time to plan out your schedule. Look at the workshop and keynote options and prioritise which ones are the most important to you. And don’t forget to schedule in some downtime for yourself, whether it’s grabbing a coffee or taking a quick nap in your hotel room. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re not completely burnt out by day two.

Dress To Impress…Yourself

When it comes to conference attire, it’s important to strike a balance between professionalism and comfort. Sure, that three-piece suit may make you look like a big-shot CEO, but if you’re sweating through it by 10am, it’s not doing you any favours. Opt for comfortable, breathable fabrics that still look polished. And remember, at the end of the day, you’re there for yourself, not to impress anyone else.

Bring Snacks So You Are Hangry No More

Conferences can be long and tiring, and the last thing you want is to be hungry and cranky halfway through the day. Bring some healthy and energising snacks with you, such as nuts, fruit, or granola bars, to keep your energy levels up and your stomach happy.

Schmooze Like A Pro


Networking can be a daunting prospect, but it’s also one of the most valuable aspects of attending a conference. Instead of trying to talk to everyone in the room, focus on building genuine connections with a few key people. And don’t forget to follow up with them after the conference is over. A simple email or LinkedIn message can go a long way in solidifying those connections.

Break It Up And Relax For A Bit

It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement and energy of a conference, but remember to take breaks and give yourself some downtime. Find a quiet corner to recharge your batteries, or take a stroll outside to get some fresh air and clear your mind. A warm glass of water, or catching some good old breath of fresh air should do the trick. If not, give power naps a shot!

Lean Into The Awkwardness

Let’s face it, conferences can be awkward. You’re surrounded by strangers, all trying to make small talk and network like their lives depend on it. But instead of shying away from the awkwardness, embrace it. Laugh at yourself when you trip over your own feet or forget someone’s name for the third time. Chances are, everyone else is feeling just as awkward as you are.

Do The “Hit-Me-Up” Kind Of Follow-Up

Once the conference is over, don’t let all those new connections and insights go to waste. Follow up with the people you met, review your notes and takeaways, and start putting your newfound knowledge and inspiration into action.

Avoiding Conference Faux Pas: Common Mistakes To Watch Out For

Attending A Conference

Before you dive headfirst into the hustle and bustle of conference life, it’s important to be aware of a few common mistakes that can make or break your experience. From being unprepared for sessions, not respecting others’ time and space, inappropriate behaviour or dress, and not following up with contacts after the event, there are plenty of ways to accidentally sabotage your own success. 

First up, don’t make the mistake of going into a session unprepared. You wouldn’t show up to a job interview without doing your research, would you? Make sure you know who the speaker is, what the topic is, and what you hope to gain from attending. Another common mistake is not respecting others’ time and space. Sure, conferences can be crowded and chaotic, but that’s no excuse for being rude or inconsiderate. And please, for the love of all that is holy, don’t be the person who talks over the speaker or interrupts them mid-sentence.

The bottom line is that it is important to strike a balance between being confident and assertive while also being respectful of others’ time and boundaries. By being aware of these common mistakes, you can ensure a more positive and productive conference experience.

How Mentoria Can Help

Attending a conference can be a daunting prospect, but with a little bit of preparation and a positive attitude, it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your professional life. So go forth and conquer that conference like the superstar you are! At Mentoria, we can help you identify the conferences and events that are most relevant to your career goals, as well as provide you with the tools and resources you need to network effectively and maximise your learning opportunities. So why wait? Sign up for Mentoria today and take the first step towards conference success!

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